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ERIC Number: EJ930004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Babies' Self-Regulation: Taking a Broad Perspective
Elliot, Enid; Gonzalez-Mena, Janet
Young Children, v66 n1 p28-32 Jan 2011
Self-regulation is a complex process that involves coordinating various systems of the body and mind, including feelings. It's not only about emotions but also about cognition. Self-regulation has an impact on social development, influencing how babies and toddlers get along with others. Through self-regulation, babies and toddlers learn to pay attention, concentrate, and connect with others. Children learn how and when to inhibit impulses, channel emotional energy, and solve problems as they discover how to change their actions to get what they want. Self-regulation is not something babies learn/develop all by themselves--they need partners. Having attachments to family and others in the caregiving circle and the community surrounding them provides babies with learning opportunities for monitoring their emotions and expression. Caregiving practices that will help babies self-regulate are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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