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How to nurture kids' EQ: Kristine Hermosa-Sotto shares tips

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How to nurture kids' EQ: Kristine Hermosa-Sotto shares tips
Actors Kristine Hermosa-Sotto and Oyo Boy Sotto and their kids
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MANILA, Philippines — Actress Kristine Hermosa-Sotto shared how important it is for her to nurture the emotional quotient (EQ) of her kids, citing tips and approaches in parenting she learned from professionals.

“EQ is equally important to our family. There are times they get frustrated and lose heart. For example, when doing homeschool or learning new sports, or when they cannot properly execute what they imagine – we tell them that frustration comes with learning and they just need to persevere and not give up," Hermosa, the new ambassador of Enfagrow A+ Four Nurapro, shared in a statement. 

"When they face uncertainties, I believe that it’s their EQ that will help them overcome, apart from their personal relationship with the Lord. With EQ, they are able to learn how to deal with success, heartbreaks, challenges and other situations and how to live in a world full of troubles and temptations.”

Kristine shared she makes sure that she nurtures her kids’ EQ by teaching them skills related to confidence, behavior regulation and independence, while also engaging her kids to join activities that intend to sharpen their IQ (intelligence quotient) like reading educational books, building legos and playing chess.

It is common for mothers to ensure the development of IQ of their children, apart from taking care of their kids' health and immunity, which is normal. But through the years, medical experts have proven that EQ is as important as IQ because it is the main component that determines how children can deal with the stress and hurdles in life as they grow up. EQ or emotional intelligence or mental health development is vital to growing kids.

Kristine proudly cited three traits that best describe how her children exhibit good EQ. Number one is signs of caring for others, which she makes are exhibited by her kids.

“They are responsible children. Even when we’re not around, the older kids are in charge of taking good care of their younger siblings, they help them shower, assist them when eating, reminding them to clean their mess, to pray, etc – though it’s not always perfect and peaceful as they are kids but overall, Oyo and I know that we can rely on them, and that they are very careful not to break our trust,” she said.

Kristine also said that being expressive and respectful is a sign of good EQ among kids. 

“They are very expressive with how much they love us. Or how sorry they are when they make a mistake. They respect us and other people — they love helping others.” 
 
“I really make sure that I am present in their lives," she enthused. "I help them in their daily routine and in their studies; I give them encouragement, learn with them and support and discipline them. I take good care of them by providing for their needs and by giving them a healthy and balanced diet.”
 
The actress emphasized that understanding the importance of a balanced EQ enhancement and IQ enrichment to the mental resilience of children is crucial to a child’s growing years.

“Don’t settle for half,' she stressed. "Help nourish both IQ and EQ."

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