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Managing emotions: the new skill required of children


DECRYPTION - Fed up with scientific advances, parents give pride of place to their children's emotions, in the hope of making them more fulfilled and gifted beings. At the risk of feeding an artificial relationship to affects?

Enzo, 9 years old, excels in mathematics.

It is commendable.

But does he know how to verbalize his joy?

Distinguish melancholy from sadness?

Is he ultimately emotionally competent?

If not, his parents must know that there are “wheels of emotions”.

Wooden or plastic circles decorated with an arrow pointing to the "weather" of the day - rain, sun, thunderstorm, with which feelings and needs are associated.

The one labeled Montessori, one of the most basic, costs 34.50 because it is made “with care and love by Mirus Toys in Canada”.

On the same theme, emotions, there are games.

The one sold by the publisher Nathan allows the child to practice “eleven postures of relaxation”.

He is greeted in these philosophical terms by a mother on the Oxybul site: “

Purchased for my daughter.

Emotions are difficult to manage, especially when you don't know how to manage them.


Since the popularization in France of neurosciences and affective and social neurosciences in particular, emotions have taken a large place in education.

Positive or benevolent education makes it the heart of the child's development.

Parents - which has always been the role but without it being so frankly conceptualized - are encouraged to develop the "

emotional intelligence

" of their kids.

Which must allow them to become confident and empathetic beings.

In a 2015 report, Public Health France associates this intelligence with skills – self-knowledge and self-control, social awareness, the ability to establish healthy relationships and to make responsible decisions.

“Major levers

in the prevention of risky behavior

"such as taking psychoactive substances, violent behavior or risky (unprotected) sex"


The challenge is mental as well as intellectual.

A daily task

We now know that emotional skills


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Source: lefigaro

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