- Make waiting a part of your kid’s everyday life. Patience is a learned skill. Factor in ways to make your kid practice waiting calmly.
- Teach them to distract themselves. Help your kid think creatively during waiting times through fun songs and games.
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More about the Q Wunder App
Ask any parent how they measure their kids’ success and they’ll likely mention something related to their development or academic achievements. Sofia Dickens, a mother of four and founder of EQtainment and the Q Wunder show and app, challenges us to define success by something simpler: Our kids’ social and emotional skills.
A former student at Harvard, Sofia spent years studying emotional and social development. Using the 40-year research lead by Daniel Goleman, she learned social and emotional skills have a greater impact on life’s success than anything we teach our kids.
“We spend so much time toiling over the academics and stressing about all the things our kids can learn when it’s much more simpler than that,” Sofia says.
She looked for tools she could use to strengthen her kids’ social awareness, creativity, and focus and didn’t find much, so she used the concepts and ideas she studied in school to create EQtainment, which helps develop children’s social and emotional skills through games, books, and their Q Wunder show and app. The company focuses on equipping parents to nurture their kids’ sense of responsibility, manners, and empathy.
The secret to your kids growing up to become successful adults is their ability to distract themselves, Sofia shares. How effectively your kids are able to control their impulses and emotions is a clear indicator of what type of adult they’ll be.
You might be thinking your kid isn’t wired that way, that they’re just the impatient type. Instead of labeling your kids, think of them as coachable, Sofia tells us.
“Impulse control isn’t something that you are necessarily born with, but something that can be taught.”
QUOTES IN THIS EPISODE
“We spend so much time toiling over the academics and stressing about all the things our kids can learn when it’s much more simpler than that.” —Sofia Dickens
“Impulse control isn’t something that you are necessarily born with but something that can be taught.” —Sofia Dickens
VOICES IN THIS EPISODE
Sofia Dickens is a mom to four kids and the founder and Chief Creative Officer of EQtainment. Her mission is to make learning social and emotional skills fun and accessible by creating videos, games, and books kids love. Sofia first became interested in the impact of emotional intelligence as a student at Harvard. Then she embarked on a career in educational media as a video correspondent for the Emmy Award-winning quiz show, Jeopardy!, and anchored the nation’s largest youth news source, Channel One News, seen by eight million teens daily in homerooms across America. She also covered politics, news, red-carpet entertainment and sports as a host of Tru TV’s Hollywood Heat. Now she’s empowering parents and educators and pioneering a new pillar of children’s education with EQtainment. Sofia lives in Newport Beach, California, with her husband Reed and their family.
Kristen is the Executive Director of Messaging at Orange, Director of The Phase Project, and co-author of Playing For Keeps and It’s Just a Phase – So Don’t Miss It. She combines her degree in secondary education with a Master of Divinity and lives with her husband, Matt, and their three children, Sawyer, Hensley, and Raleigh, in Cumming, GA.
Carlos is an author, speaker, and content creator living in Nashville, TN with his wife Heather and 3 kids Sohaila, Seanna, and Losiah. He is addicted to social media, his wife’s enchiladas, and is determined to have his daughters teach him to land a backflip on the trampoline by the time he is 45.
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