The Melbourne Age today has a wonderful story about teaching children emotional literacy, using a program designed at Yale University’s Centre for Emotional Intelligence:  http://www.pressdisplay.com/
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The program is RULER, Recognise, Understand, Label, Express and Regulate feeelings. It is exciting to read about the connection to academic success and emotional intelligence, but imagining how children can learn and apply these skills in daily life is even more exciting.

For separating families, a first priority is to find ways to help children manage the transition to two households. The potential benefits to children of using the mood meter and practising the brain changing strategies designed to soothe and calm, described in the article, is significant. For kids to know that bad feelings do not last forever, normalising negative life events, and learning to regulate their emotions and responses seems likely to make separation of a child’s parents, one of life’s really big events, more manageable.

In my interdisciplinary practice of collaborative law, this is sure to generate much interest amongst the teams of professionals including the psychologists and child psychologists.

Marguerite Picard