Self-regulation is a skill that many adults try to develop, however it is easy to see that it has roots in childhood but is rarely taught. Helping kids learn this skill helps them to control their emotions, handle frustration, and resist impulsive behaviors.
Parents and teachers often expect children to “grow out” a tantrum phase, but we feel that all children and adults can benefit from learning strategies to help them regulate their emotions.
At The Integrated Mind, we teach self-regulation in our mindfulness classes, online classes, and videos.
These two pre-K children have learned the lesson well and are leading by example! They have partnered up to practice self-regulation at school. You can see their focus and strength!
PHOTO: After teaching self-regulation to pre-K class we were rewarded by this beautiful sight .. the focus of these two.
Why should we teach children self-regulation?
Children need to learn how to control their emotions and resist impulsive behavior. For some children, their emotions and impulsive behavior can cause tantrums, outbursts, and other inappropriate behaviors. By learning how to manage their emotions and behavior they will be better able to determine situations where certain behaviors are unacceptable.
Mindfulness and Self-Regulation
“Emotion regulation is the ability to respond to the ongoing demands of experience with the range of emotions in a manner that is socially tolerable and sufficiently flexible to permit spontaneous reactions as well as the ability to delay spontaneous reactions as needed.” – Wikipedia’s definition.
Mindfulness cultivates moment-to-moment awareness which helps to manage emotions with self-regulation.