There is a common misconception that it is only those children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds or have special needs that should be versed in emotional intelligence. This couldn’t be further from the truth. As children start school at a very young age, they are consistently under pressure to hit goals and targets and excel in all that they do. There is no time left for play. Socialising and interaction take a back seat in place of school work and hiding behind the screen – iPad, TV or phone.
This is why the children of today are struggling with basic social skills and cannot understand how to live in the here and now. If we are not careful, our children will enter adulthood without any emotional defences and lacking basic emotional development.
Emotional intelligence and literacy is essential for every single child to gain confidence, learn social skills and master emotional resilience to set them up for later life. It goes hand in hand with mindfulness to help your child learn how to be happy. Emotional intelligence teaches children how to live in the moment. Its value cannot be emphasised enough.
With issues such as obesity and anxiety on the rise even in young children, emotional intelligence also acts in a preventative context. It equips young people with defence mechanisms, teaching them how to protect themselves against bullying and adversity.
As the founder of Teddy’s Inc. and a relationship empowerment expert, I am passionate about what I do because I have experienced life on both sides of the emotional intelligence coin. When I was a young child, I was bullied and sexually molested. I did not have the emotional literacy and skills to recover from this horror, and nor did my parents to help me.
These feelings carried over into my adult life. I believe – and research shows – that my inability to heal as a child lead to my being abused all over again as a wife. It was only once I changed my feelings about who I am that I was able to recover fully and break the cycle of attracting and engaging in abusive relationships.
Today, I practise and teach self-love and self-acceptance. It means so much to me to bring these teachings to the youngest generations with Teddy’s Inc. From the bottom of my heart, I aim to empower both adults and children with the skills, tools and knowledge to gain clarity and strength in mind, body, soul and spirit.
The resources and training provided through Teddy’s Inc. draws on my expertise in areas including human psychology and the relationship between emotions and our environment and nutrition.
I hope that you enjoy the Teddy’s journey. I’m thrilled to welcome you into the family.
Love, Deb x