What’s the deal with EQ, AQ and CQ? And IQ (no, not Intelligence Quotient)?
Study up on five unique qualities and how to nurture them in your child.
CQ indicates a child’s ability to question and ponder over topics and issues.
How to nurture it: Look for toys, games and books that stimulate his curiosity and interests. Get to know his activities and preferences, and encourage him to ask you questions. If you do not know the answer, suggest checking into it together.
NEXT: Adversity Quotient →
AQ – also referred to as the Resilience Quotient – is a child’s ability to bounce back from setbacks.
How to nurture it: Instead of solving every problem for your child, ask him: “How would you like to handle this?” Help him realise that he can improve situations by himself.
NEXT: Imagination Quotient →
Best known as the other IQ, it refers to a child’s ability to think innovatively. Being creative encourages him to consider new ways of doing things and taking risks.
How to nurture it: Challenge assumptions by asking questions such as: “If the sky was not blue, what colour do you think it would be? Why?” Allow him to make mistakes and then encourage him to explore different solutions. Inspire his creative expressions through music, storybooks and art.
NEXT: Emotional Quotient →
EQ refers to a child’s capability to identify, assess and manage his emotions. When a child learns to show respect and empathy for others, he will then be able to establish deeper and more meaningful relationships.
How to nurture it: Help your child discern the feelings behind his words and actions by encouraging him to talk about them. Accept and acknowledge how he is feeling: “It looks like you’re sad because your brother took your toy.” Listen, nod your head, but do not criticise. Ask him for possible ways to better deal with negative emotions.
NEXT: Intelligence Quotient →
IQ refers to a child’s cognitive capabilities such as language and arithmetic; generally associated with academic achievement.
How to nurture it: Encourage your child to play strategy games like chess, which teaches him to look at problems from various angles and find different solutions to each problem. Consider signing him up for music lessons, as studies have shown that music also helps improve a child’s IQ.
NEXT: Curiosity Quotient →
From The Finder (Issue 280), March 2017
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