Children, as is true for all of us, meet frustrating situations almost every day. What can we learn about children's emotional intelligence as we watch them deal with these situations? We have to consider the complexity of the cause of the frustration. At times what thwarts a goal is hidden from clear view. At other times the obstacle is clear, but the solution involves risk that is difficult to gauge. At still other times the solution might be clear, but one has to persuade one or two friends to accept a new rule.