Child Development

What to expect/What to DO


Information and Inspirations

Managing Child Behaviours and Emotions

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Self Regulation, sometimes just called Self Reg, involves the regulation of emotions and is an important part of child development. Our emotional systems are powerful, and, among other things, they provide the energy and power that drive our fight/flight defensive systems and, with the development of self-control, they play important roles in our basic motivational systems. Parents play important roles in their infants’ and children’s’ emotional self regulation. Parents help their infants by soothing, calming, or distracting them when their emotional systems get away from them, sometimes when they are just tired, hungry or uncomfortable. Starting from when they begin to work on issues related to autonomy at 18 months to 2 years of age, children begin the important developmental processes of mastering their own Self Regulation. Parents can help a lot here too. Stuart Shanker is a psychologist who has worked with families and children and conducted research for many years on Self-Reg. You can download a Self-Reg parent information sheet here that talks about Self-Reg and what parents can do to help their children develop in this important area. If you want more information you can send a question to AskCHANCES using the link above at the top of this page or you can have get Dr. Shanker’s book Self-Reg: How to help your child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage With Life.