Find out why it is important for kids to have a great balance of IQ and EQ, and how the enrichment classes offered at People Impact can help you achieve just that.
Bringing up kids in Singapore is no easy feat. Not only do most parents struggle with the high cost of education, the educational structure in Singapore may have created a competitive environment that causes parents to worry about how their kids are performing in school.
The pressure begins when you focus on getting your pre-schooler ready for primary school.
Ideally, he/she should be able to catch up with the lessons in K1 and K2 – before moving on to handle the deluge of academic subjects in primary school .Typically, your child’s ability to perform well academically is linked to his/her IQ and EQ level.
A concerned mum shared on one of the parenting forums a few years ago about her child’s preschool teacher commenting that her little girl is slow in completing her work in class. “Her teacher said that if she doesn’t speed up, she will be left behind in primary school.”
Needless to say, this comment served as a cold wake up call for the mum, who was shocked to realise that at just 5 years old, her child was beginning to “experience the rat race.”
But do kids with high IQ also boast of superior EQ levels, which enable them to take charge of their emotions and relationships with the people around them?
IQ and EQ: What’s the difference?
IQ (also known as Intelligence Quotient) measures a person’s abilities in areas such as logical reasoning, word comprehension and math skills. People with high IQ are more likely to learn things faster and are able to make connections between ideas that others miss.
In today's day and age, when several million kilobytes of information is easily available to anyone with an internet connection, it has become important to develop a child’s fluid intelligence. Fluid intelligence is one's ability to reason and use the information available to arrive at creative solutions to existing problems. Fortunately, this important life-skill can be developed early on.
It is clear that children who possess a high IQ will have good ability to problem-solve. However, if the same child does not possess a high degree of EQ (emotional intelligence), her or might feel nervous, discouraged or even angry when they are faced with a tough problem. EQ is a measure of a person’s ability to perceive, control, evaluate and express their emotions.
Often, emotions can hijack the thinking part of your child’s brain. This is why many children do not perform as well in school as they should; they lack the ability to cope with many emotions, especially anxiety. Developing one's EQ skills leads to higher levels of self-esteem, improved social and communications skills, ability to control anger or anxiety and be able to practice delayed gratification, etc.
Despite the differences in IQ and EQ, experts in the fields of psychology and gifted education think that finding a balance between IQ and EQ will help children grow up to be well-rounded, successful adults. Psychologist Daniel Goleman suggests that there is a correlation between IQ and EQ, and that kids will not be able to unleash their intellectual potential without having a healthy emotional state of mind.
So what can we, as parents, do to help our kids strike a great balance between IQ and EQ?