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The term “Emotional Intelligence” became widely-known with the publication of Dr. Daniel Goleman’s book, Emotional Intelligence – Why it can matter more than IQ in 1996. Since then it has had a meteoric rise in importance because it is associated with good mental health and leadership skills. Put simply, people with emotional intelligence have both the ability to differentiate between different emotions and the ability to label their feelings. 

In the Huffington Post, author,  identifies easy ways for parents to foster empathy, a critical component of 
emotional intelligence,  in children.