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An emotionally intelligent child:




Mooshuns are feelings - feelings you can see, touch, hold, and feel.

Mooshuns show a wide range of emotions and can be a useful tool in a child’s emotional development. They provide an opportunity for children to build their own vocabulary of emotional language, giving them a large bank of feelings words to draw from in order to describe their moods.

Mooshuns are tactile and give children an object that can describe their emotions when words are not available. Mooshun moods are open to interpretation and can stimulate important discussions regarding the feeling each Mooshun suggests and why it might be feeling that way. Providing children with a variety of Mooshuns gives them wider choices, allowing them to describe their emotions more accurately.

Mooshuns can help children build communication about their feelings and emotions into their everyday life. Knowing they have a safe environment in which they can share any of their thoughts and feelings is important. A child is more likely to open a discussion about their feelings when it is a normal part of their life, a practice that can help the child maintain good mental health as they grow and develop.



Happy, sad and angry are the most easily identifiable emotional states for many children. Having and using a broader vocabulary of words related to their moods and feelings allows children to identify and label a much broader range of emotions and recognise the different degrees of intensity emotions can have.



Our masculine culture often dictates that boys don’t show emotion or that the only acceptable emotions for boys to show are happiness and anger. Many boys react with anger in order to disguise the actual emotion they are feeling. Emotionally intelligent boys are able to label different emotions and feel comfortable expressing their emotions with different people in different ways.



Girls generally feel quite comfortable discussing their feelings with trusted friends or family. They need to develop their emotional intelligence in order to manage peer and social relationships, which can at times be very fragile or volatile. Emotionally intelligent girls can empathise with others and can recognise when their behaviour is having an impact on somebody else’s feelings.



Children with special needs often have communication difficulties and are very limited in their ability to express themselves. They face serious challenges in communicating their needs. Finding a simple way for these children to share their feelings or indicate their emotional state can be a very positive step. Children from non-English speaking backgrounds can also face challenges expressing themselves with a limited English language vocabulary.



Empathy is a very important social skill for children to develop as it allows them to place themselves in the position of another (walk in their shoes) and identify the emotion somebody else may be feeling. When they can match somebody else’s feelings to feelings they have experienced they learn how to manage social relationships through the good and the bad. They also learn how to recognise when their behaviour has impacted on the feelings of another and how to react accordingly.



Recognising the emotions present in the stories children read, hear or see can help build their comprehension skills by identifying the feelings and emotions of the characters and following the story’s emotional arc. When they can identify a character’s feelings and match them to their own real life experiences or events in other stories they are able to make inferences into and boost their awareness of story elements and tools writers use to manipulate emotion.