Do these scenarios sound familiar to you?
- Your child follows the rules… but only if you’re looking.
- You nag your child to do things he should already know how and when to do, such as washing his hands after using the restroom or putting his shoes away at the front door.
- During meltdowns and tantrums, your child has a difficult time controlling his frustration and calming down.
Behind each of the scenarios lies a challenge: your child is learning how to regulate himself.
How to encourage self-regulation
What is self-regulation? It’s not merely obedience or compliance. Self-regulation is following the rules and doing what’s right even when no one is watching.
Your turn: Do you find yourself practicing the above techniques to encourage self-regulation in your child? Let us know in the comments!
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