Self Regulationby Indu Punj
As defined in a University of Michigan study, self-regulation is a person’s ability to control their thoughts, emotions, and actions to achieve a desired outcome. This could be following directions, sharing a book, or not throwing a tantrum when they’re told no. It is a skill that teaches children to listen, to wait and to react calmly to things they don’t want to hear. Self-regulation is something we must all possess, and the younger we start, the better we learn
to use it.
Importance of self-regulation: Multiple studies have shown that children with these skills become adults who are successful, have higher self-esteem, better incomes, and less obesity.
Why start young? Young children who learn to self-regulate can calm themselves down and grow up to become well-adjusted adults. How can we teach this skill? Be a good role model; do breathing meditation together; promote big goals; don’t enforce regulation all day.