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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2008
As an elementary school counselor for over twenty years I have been looking for effective resources to share with students, parents and teachers that are practical and support the teaching of foundational self-regulation skills. Building Emotional Intelligence is the perfect developmental guide for both educators and parents in this respect, as it is very user-friendly and easy to implement with children of all ages.

The chapters are arranged in developmental stages and clearly describe simple activities appropriate for each school age. The actitivies are also provided in the accompanying CD, which is an ingenious way to support their intended application. My students have been loving the self-calming and focusing exercises on the CD, which have stimulated meaningful discussion. After doing one of the listening exercises on the CD this week, one kindergartener said,'When I feel lonely, I listen to my heart beat and then I know I'm not alone'. A guidance counselor couldn't ask for a more engaged outcome.

Our goal is to share this book with as many teachers and parents in our area as possible. One of our esteemed parents has said about it, 'This could change the world!'. Thank you, Linda, for this much-needed inner, as well as outer, peace tool.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2010
This book is disapointing so far, but it may be only becasue I was expecting something else. I just finished reading Gott's book on emotinal intelligence, which was a great starting point for me to learn about the topic, and had some fantastic practical guidance. I thought this would give me more small ways I could incorporate emotional intelligence into our lives. Instead, the book is a guide for those who wish to have a guided quiet time with their youngsters on a regular basis. The idea of the quiet time is to learn to focus on our thoughts, our bodies, etc, and to learn to appreciate silence. Not a bad idea, just not what I was hoping for.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2009
I have 3 kids with ADD who truly benefited from the cd - being able to slow their minds and relax before they go to bed is incredibly important. Being self-aware is part of feeling empowered and in control; something all kids need to have a clear grasp of, and a true understanding of. This book has helped me understand how I can help my children help themselves.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2011
I bought the Kindle Edition of this book and as soon a I started to read it, I realized that a CD and a Guide that only comes with the printed edition are necessary to implement almost all the activities of the book. Consequently is not possible to use this book with the kindle Edition that cost nearly the same price of the printed one.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2008
I am a Guidance Counselor at a private school in Miami Florida. Building Emotional Intelligence is a must have book that offers clear strategies to support children in becoming resilient and coping with a fast paced and sometimes stressful world. I have been using the activities and the CD by Daniel Goleman since I read it. My students have really enjoyed the CD and benefitted by the activities offered. I've recommended it to several parents with children who need support coping with day to day stresses and it is great to have a book which I can confidently recommend. It is concisely written and in a format that is easy to access by age group.
This is the kind of book I wished I had when I was raising my children who are now in their twenties. This is a must have for Guidance Counselors and parents.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2008
I finally had a chance to read Building Emotional Intelligence and found it a refreshing dose of "this is what matters" with a special kid-focused twist. It's absolutely wonderful--so moving and totally practical in a way that will undoubtedly inspire to many parents, teachers, and students. Brava!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2008
I was pleased to receive my copy of Building Emotional Intelligence yesterday. I've already read it cover to cover. As a parent, researcher, and educator who values social-emotional intelligence, contemplative practices, and the importance of body awareness this book has it all. I have learned new facts and been re-inspired! It is a satisfying book filled with up-to-date facts and exciting wellness practices that support emotional growth and development. This attractive guide complete with a DVD by Daniel Goleman has been fun to use with children as a parent, a friend, or teacher; I highly recommend it.

Martha Eddy, CMA, Ed.D.
Director, Center for Kinesthetic Education
New York City
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2012
The whole point of this book is the CD, which you obviously don't get with the Kindle edition. I was hoping there would be a link or something else to make up for the lack of cd, but no. This book in Kindle format is useless. Unfortunately I missed the other review that said this, hopefully having a duplicate will save someone else's money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2010
In interviews and talks that I do, the topic of what we can do to increase emotional intelligence in children often comes up. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Linda Lantieri's great book. While schools have focused on teaching technical skills, the emotional/social aspect has often been neglected. It is becoming increasingly evident that these skills are more important to raising healthy, well adjusted human beings than the technical skills. There is no better place to start developing inner strength, calmness and the ability to manage our emotions than childhood. This book provides parents, educators and anyone who spending time with children with a wealth of simple, easy to use exercises to help children move in that direction. All children deserve to have this kind of attention paid to their emotional make up and have the opportunity to develop into healthy, well functioning successful adults. In the end we will all benefit.

Harvey Deutschendorf
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2008
As part of the respected research on mindfulness, cultivating inner strength in children has been mentioned but parents had no guide. This book is extraordinarily concrete. It not only gives parents (and grandparents!!) means to help children, but it strengthens the bond between them. In a day when videos and computers all but raise kids, deeply human understanding will help keep kids balanced and they look forward to doing these things with people who care about them. Get the book for your adult children who are parents, yes--but better, spirit away your grandchildren for these kinds of times which happen with you. A much-needed resource.
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