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How can creating fire support your child’s development of emotional intelligence and self-esteem?


Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. EI is the key to success in life.


In his ground-breaking book, Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman believes that “Being in the zone is a state in which people become utterly absorbed in what they’re doing…their awareness merges with their actions.” (Super Soul Sunday episode #5142 20/03/16)


Let’s look at creating fire through the lens of Daniel Goleman’s five domains of emotional intelligence; as they relate to the document How Does Learning Happen?


  1. Knowing ones emotions:

Children are building a strong sense of self.


  1. Managing emotions:

Children are learning to cope with changes and frustrations.


  1. Motivating oneself:

Children accept the challenges with enthusiasm and persistence.


  1. Recognizing emotions in others:

Noticing what others need and offering to help.


  1. Handling relationships:

Children are recognizing the collaborative effort of the group.


How can the adult (educator, parent, and caregiver) support this development?


According to Forest and Natures School’s guide, “The forest and nature school educator is a defender of play, and a protector of fantasy, wonder, and awe.” (18)


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