One of the biggest fears many parents face is the fear that we are not preparing our kids for the “Real World.” Life skills are difficult to teach, but they are so important for our children to be successful. The official name for this vital skillset is “Social Emotional Intelligence,” or the ability to navigate social problems with empathy and self-respect. I am excited to begin to dive into this topic with Jennifer Miller today. Jennifer is the founder of Confident Families Confident Kids, an online compendium of resources all about parenting children with a high Social Emotional Intelligence. She is quite the expert on the topic, and today she will share practical examples as well as encouraging stories showcasing exactly why we should be prioritizing Social Emotional Intelligence in our parenting.

After realizing there really was not a simple, research-based resource for parents on Social Emotional Intelligence, Jennifer set out to create one. She used her own personal struggles as well as her informed perspectives to write articles and offer up tips for parents. When her son was very young, Jennifer noticed she had quite an emotional response to his misbehaviors. Rather than being content with these feelings and challenges, Jennifer armed herself with knowledge and changed her parenting to model and reflect Social Emotional Intelligence. I think Jennifer’s approach is admirable, and I know you will be encouraged by her stories. Rather than hiding the struggle, Jennifer embraces the process of slowly developing the skills that will set her son up for an incredible future.

You do not have to be ruled by the fear of failing your children. Thanks to Jennifer, you have resources at your disposal to help you develop Social Emotional Intelligence with your kiddos. Listen today to find out how to get started!

More in this episode:

  • Jennifer shares everything about her family and why she is passionate about Social and Emotional Intelligence.
  • Jennifer wanted to write on her blog to intentionally help parents develop social and emotional skills for everyday life.
  • Get a good definition of Social Emotional Intelligence.
  • We can take cues from our emotions and respond in ways that do no harm.
  • Learn the 5 Competency areas of Social Emotional Intelligence.
  • We work inwardly first, so then we can begin the outward work.
  • Step back and reflect on our responses as a parent.
  • Teaching self-management is about demonstrating them ourselves.
  • Your history as a parent will come up.
  • Intentional practice can be a part of playtime.
  • Tips for parents with older kids.
  • Tools and resources for you to use right away!


Confident Parents Confident Kids

Family Emotional Safety Plan

NBC Parent Toolkit