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Welcome back to the Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast for episode #151 with certified Goleman Emotional Intelligence coach, Renée Adams.

Watch the interview on YouTube.

Download 3 FREE EQ Guides from Renee’s website

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See past episodes here

On this episode you will learn:

✔︎ Why Renee sees the importance of teaching EI to young children and their parents as critical work.

✔︎ What are the Emotional Intelligence Competencies that the Goleman Training focuses on.

✔︎ What’s missing from today’s corporate environments?

✔︎ EI strategies that parents can use immediately to reduce stress while at the same time supporting your child at home or in the classroom.

Renée Adams[i] is a children’s book author, writing books that teach children and parents foundational Emotional Intelligence skills, including being able to identify and name their emotions. We have seen the importance of this skill that started with our interview #28[ii] with Dr. Daniel Siegel who talks about the importance of naming an emotion to tame it[iii] and then again with the Founding Director of Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence, Marc Brackett on episode #22[iv] with his book, Permission to Feel.

I’m Andrea Samadi, author, and educator from Toronto, Canada, now in Arizona, and like many of our listeners, have been fascinated with learning and understanding the science behind high performance strategies in our schools, sports, and the workplace with ideas that we can all use, understand and implement immediately.

When I was introduced to Renée Adams, I saw her background as a Certified Goleman Emotional Intelligence[v] coach, I immediately contacted her to see if I could pick her brain on many questions that I am asked myself in the area of Emotional Intelligence. Why not ask an expert when I have the chance.

Let’s meet Renée Adams.

Welcome Renée, thank you for coming on the podcast today to speak with me.

Are you still located in Bolder, CO? I almost considered moving to CO from Toronto in the late 1990s, since it was the Columbine tragedy that caused me to move to the US back then. I picked AZ because I really struggled with the altitude in CO.

Q1:  I did watch some of your other podcasts to learn more about why you started this work centered around Emotional Intelligence, and I will link these episodes in the show notes, but did wonder at what point in your career did you see the importance of teaching Emotional Intelligence to children and parents? Where was the missing link?

Q2: I cover 6 social and emotional competencies on this podcast (Mindset, Decision-Making, Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Self-Regulated Learning/Self-Management, and Relationship Skills) as they closely mirror’s SEL competencies. Can you explain the competencies that were important in your Goleman Certification Program, and maybe how you would teach them to a parent or child? (Self-awareness, self-management, others awareness, relationship management).

Q3: When I first launched this podcast, I interviewed my husband on episode #1 on “The Importance of Setting Up an SEL Program in Your School, or Emotional Intelligence Training Program in Your Workplace.”[vi] And it’s funny thinking about it now because he had just got home from traveling and I handed him a list of questions and said “Can you answer these and speak into the mic?” It was a memorable launch to the podcast. Why do you think it’s so important to teach these skills at an early age and what skills do you think are missing from today’s corporate environments?

Q4: So growing up, we didn’t talk about our emotions in my home. If I ever cried at all, my Dad would yell at me because he hated to see emotion. And I’m the type that wears my emotions on my sleeve. I couldn’t hide them, not even when I knew I’d get a kick in the behind if I ever showed them. So now, I’m a parent, and learning all these new strategies from the work I’m doing, and trying to do things differently, but it’s exhausting sometimes. I forget how school-aged children react emotionally to everything. What are some strategies to really listen to what our kids are thinking and feeling, without letting it suck the life force out of us as parents?

Q6: What is your vision for what EQ programs?

Q7: Is there anything I have missed that’s important?

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Thank you very much for speaking with me today. For those who want to learn more about you, they can go to your website, find you on Facebook


Renée is a children’s book author and the founder/owner of the Calm In Your Palm®, Hoppy & Poppie PinkCheeks™ and Learn.Love.EQ.™ brands. She and her team enthusiastically and diligently create and develop books for toddlers and babies along with entertaining and relatable characters/products. The stories and products focus on well-being and teaching children (and their parents) emotional intelligence and make learning fun. Renée is a certified Goleman Emotional Intelligence coach, a Whole Modern Parent emotional intelligence “Collective Expert” and serves on the board of the non-profit, My Conscious Coaching Group.

She has recently launched two baby and toddler board books, Hoppy and Poppie character plush, the “Patoo” character blanket and EI/EQ wristbands (Happy, Sad, Excited, Scared, Angry and Calm) for the Hoppy & Poppie PinkCheeks™ brand! The setting is Bug Island, an enchanting place full of imagination, inspired by her home state of Colorado. The main characters are twin grasshoppers, Hoppy & Poppie PinkCheeks. They explore and share their Bug Island home with Queen Betty Bee, Chief Franco Firefly, Maestro Humphrey Hummingbird, King Walt Worm, Aunt Andie Ant, Dr. Spinner Spider, Patoo, the flying blanket, and more. The “Not SO Scary” and “What We Feel” books teach children, ages 0+, the most basic foundation of emotional intelligence including learning the names and being aware of feelings. She has written three downloadable digital Guides for parents or grandparents of young children, sharing key tools for teaching emotional intelligence to young children, such as how to name, understand and manage one’s emotions, manage the emotions of others, live mindfully, and be empathetic and compassionate with oneself and others.

Renée has a B.S. in Speech Communication from The University of Texas in Austin, TX. Since graduating from college and prior to her current entrepreneurial business, she has worked in multiple industries and pursued a variety of endeavors including being an account executive in telecom, a counselor for homeless adolescent girls, full-time parent, volunteer for non-profits, Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader and co-owner of a home health and hospice business. She spends most of her free time with family and friends, cycling, hiking, camping, skiing, reading, meditating and writing.

Renée has two sons, two daughters-in-law, a daughter and a granddaughter due 1-22-21. At this stage in her life, she loves to partner with parents of younger children along the heartfelt journey of raising happy children who thrive.


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[ii] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #28 with Dr. Daniel Siegel on “Mindsight: The Basis of Social and Emotional Intelligence

[iii] Dan Siegel: Name it to Tame it Published on YouTube Dec. 8, 2014

[iv] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #28 with Marc Brackett on his book “Permission to Feel”


[vi] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #1 on “The Importance of Setting Up an SEL Program in Your School, or Emotional Intelligence Training in Your Workplace.”