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What does it mean to be “self-aware” and why does it matter? What’s the link between self-awareness and the United Nation’s Universal Children’s Day?
When you have an angry kid, can you stay calm? In this episode of Raising Humans, a story of parenting the old way… and trying again with emotional intelligence.
To build more joy, peace and connection with our children, emotional intelligence helps us tune into our feelings and reactions. We all learn ways of reacting – as we become more skilled in noticing our automatic, recurring reactions we open the door to do something more powerful: Respond.
If we want to become more intentional and carefully RESPOND to the challenges we face each day, we need to understand the surprising process of learning – it’s not just like riding a bike!
Reading reactions to Sandy Hook, a common theme is blame, but is there an alternative? Looking at the neuroscience, it feels better to blame. When we blame, we know the answer, and that feeling of righteous wrath is actually a dopamine reward that our brain emits when we “know.” While this reaction cycle is wired into our brains, we do have a choice — three, in fact.
“Have you ever found yourself in the middle a situation and you know it will to turn into a big mess? You can feel it slipping out of control… and yet you keep going. It’s as if you’re being pushed along this track; you know it’s going to lead to trouble, but it seems like there’s no choice.”