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LOVING IT: EQ in a Box

by Sarah on August 22nd, 2012

I went to such a fantastic workshop last Saturday morning, held by a Clinical Psychologist, Pam Tudin, and an Occupational Therapist, Sally Fraser-Mackenzie. It was all about Emotional Intelligence and Sensory Integration and how important they are when it comes to our children’s happiness. One of the biggest things that I took from the course was just how badly we as parents need to be able to understand our children’s emotions, and how we need to teach them to be able to understand their own emotions, and express them too.

What Pam and Sally have developed is a game called EQ in a Box. It’s a way of children playing with their parents, and projecting their emotions onto the characters in the game. That way, us parents, can understand how they’re feeling at school, home or in a certain situation, and try to help them through their feelings. It’s really, really clever.

It can only be played from the age of three or four onwards, so I’ll probably only buy it for Lily next year. It’s the sort of thing that you would take out every now and then, but I imagine the younger you start, the better, because the more they will be used to expressing themselves through the characters, and the more open they will be to playing. That being said, both Pam and Sally assured us that it’s never too late to start! Apparently, our EQ is very different from our IQ, in that it can be improved on at any age.

EQ in a Box has a website, if you’re interested in knowing more about it and its specific benefits. From what I learned on Saturday, and the brief version of the game that we played, I can highly, highly recommend it :)

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