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Teaching self-regulation in early childhood

If you’ve ever been in a situation where your children or students are running out of control, you should help them self-regulate by first focusing on yourself. Self-regulation is about learning to adapt to stressors in the environment so that you can get back to a calm state, and it’s important for everyone to learn. When someone around you is having a tantrum, you should focus on calming yourself first so that you can then help them co-regulate.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you want to teach your children or students how to self-regulate, you should start with yourself.
  • Self-regulation is different than self-control, and everyone should learn to do it.
  • If you focus on staying calm when interacting with a stressed child, you can help them self-regulate.

“Self-control focuses on suppressing certain behaviours, whereas our definition of self-regulation focuses on the way we manage the tension from stressors in our environment and then return to calm.”

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