The Relationally Intelligent Child: Five Keys to Helping Your Kids Connect Well with Others

The Relationally Intelligent Child: Five Keys to Helping Your Kids Connect Well with Others


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Human beings are relational creatures. Even in this age of ongoing digital distractions, we know that forming healthy relationships is an essential life skill. If it's important for us, it's all the more important for our kids-not just for their future success, but for their happiness right now. Adults and children alike are wired for relationships! John Trent and Dewey Wilson want to help you guide your kids toward thriving relationships with their friends and their world. Relational success doesn't just happen. It requires relational intelligence. We're born with the natural ability to learn, understand, and apply healthy relationship skills. Even with a background of broken relationships, we CAN learn and teach our children to make meaningful connections and effectively interact with others. As a parent, you're in the very best position to help your child develop them. When you model relational intelligence yourself, you'll start to see your kids pick up your cues. So give your kids a head start in life. Help them form good relationships, and you'll point them toward a successful future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802416384
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 04/06/2021
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 285,447
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

JOHN TRENT, Ph.D., is the Gary D. Chapman Chair of Marriage and Family Ministry and Therapy at Moody Theological Seminary. He works to help train the next generation of family pastors and Christian counselors. He's also the President of, a ministry committed to building strong relationships in these stressful times. Dr. Trent's main focus includes writing and speaking at retreats, conferences, business settings, churches, and seminars across the country. In addition to building family teams, Dr. Trent regularly speaks to corporate America on teambuilding, recruiting and retaining outstanding employees. He has authored and co-authored more than a dozen books for both adults and children, including Love For All Seasons, The Language of Love, and The Blessing. In addition to writing books, Dr. Trent has written numerous articles for both professional and popular publications. He and his wife, Cynthia, live in Scottsdale, Arizona and have two grown daughters.

DEWEY WILSON, Ph.D. is founder and CEO of Strong Marriages. He has contributed to Focus on the Family's book, The Best Advice on Parenting, with Jim Daly and has written books and workbooks for Strong Marriages, including Devoted and Doing Life Together.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Incredible Gift You Can Give a Child 9

Chapter 2 What Is Relational Intelligence? 17

Chapter 3 The First Element of Relational Intelligence: Secure Attachment 29

Chapter 4 The Second Element of Relational Intelligence: Fearless Exploration 51

Chapter 5 The Third Element of Relational Intelligence: Unwavering Resilience 69

Chapter 6 The Fourth Element of Relational Intelligence: Wise Decision-Making 85

Chapter 7 The Fifth Element of Relational Intelligence: Future-Focused Service 105

Chapter 8 Your Starting Point Plan for Applying Relational Intelligence 119

Chapter 9 Three Currents That Can Stop You from Becoming Relationally Intelligent 141

Chapter 10 Three Gifts to Succeed in Modeling and Coaching Relational Intelligence 159

Acknowledgments 165

Notes 167

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