Self-Regulation is Key

Posted by Linda McNelly, Licensed Early Childhood Parent Educator on 3/22/2016 4:45:00 PM

This week, our early childhood family education groups have been looking at the development of self-regulation in toddlers. The following are key points made by Tovah Klein in her 2014 book, “How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success”.

Parent and Child

Young children are experiencing complex emotions: fear, anger, worry, sadness, elation, pride, shame and making new neural connections everyday (through their senses, language and through play). They often don’t quite know how to handle all this new information and stimulation.

Parent and Child

Self-regulation is what enables a child to handle intense thoughts and emotions, keep on task, bounce back from disappointment, solve problems, listen, make friends, manage everyday stress and develop coping mechanisms. Self-regulation is also a set of life skills that enable a child to calm down, communicate needs and stay relatively secure, even through change and transition. These skills are hard-wired in the brain, if conditions are good -and when parents help them develop through modeling, guiding, providing comfort and scaffolding. Developing self-regulation skills takes repeated practice over time.

Parent and Child

For information on early childhood family education from St. Cloud Area School District 742 visit our website or call 320-253-5828 and we will be happy to connect with you and your family.

Linda McNelly, Licensed Early Childhood Parent Educator