In response to the keen interest in self-regulation on this blog, we have gathered some of the most helpful links to information and tips for parents in helping their young children to self-regulate, an essential skill for young children (aged one to five, unless otherwise noted) that helps to ensure success in school:

Teaching Children Self Regulation – slideshow from Heather Legace, Licensed Professional Counselor and adjunct professor at the University of Hartford; overview of self-regulation and its relationship to brain growth and development

“How Children Learn to Control Behavior” – from the Raising Children Network, an Australian parenting website; one-page explanation of self-regulation, its two sides, how it develops in children, and tips for parents who want to help their children to self-regulate


from The Grio site

“Self-Regulation Activities – Developing Brains” – Download this document from Kathy Bobula that contains “ideas for parenting and education from the New Brain Science” generated by participants in a workshop; describes how self-regulation functions in the brain; includes activities for infants





“The Whole Child – For Parents – Building Inner Controls” – from the Public Broadcasting website; overview of self-regulation and its importance with tips for parents to teach their child self-regulation; includes specific steps to take when child does not control his or her behavior

“Unsupervised Play Allows Children to Develop Self-Regulation Skills” – from The Grandmothers section of the Cleveland Parents Network website; authors, early childhood educators from the Hanna Perkins Center, provide insights into ways parents can foster self-regulation skills through “unsupervised” play