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Self-Regulation for Parents

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Self – regulation is quite different than compliance as self-regulation builds capacity in the child for self-direction and to cope with stressors. Self-regulation can be defined as the ability to stay calmly focused and alert, which often involves – but cannot be reduced to – self-control. It involves arousal states, emotions, behavior, and – as the child grows older – thinking skills.

As parents, we have an important role to play in the development of self-regulation in our children. The concept of co-regulation is that regulatory skills are first learned through others, then internalized by self. This points to the importance of adults to be regulated themselves before they can help children regulate. We need to learn ourselves how to be calm and not react, and we do that through learning what are stressors are so that we can find the tools to allow us to cope more effectively rather than react when we are triggered.

Self-Regulation: A Cornerstone of Early Childhood Development

Practical Example

© Paula Jurczak


Parent Resources from the Calm, Alert, and Learning (S. Shanker)

Biological Guidelines for Parents

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines and Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines

Self-regulation Parent Presentation

- Intensity and amount of activity: 1-4 years-180 mins. per day, any intensity; 5-11 years 60 mins. every day of moderate to vigorous intensity activity; 12 years and beyond – 60 mins. of moderate to vigorous activity per week

- Screen time (daily): <2 years- 0 hours; 2-5 year olds <1 hour per day; 5-17 years-less than 2 hours recreational use per day; 18 years and up – no guidelines

Food- Smart Snacks

- Choose snacks from the four food groups of Canada’s Food guide. Cut-up veggies and fruits, small pieces of cheese, small amounts of dried fruits or nuts, yogurt, and small (one-half cup) servings of 100% juice are great options.
- Cut-up veggies and fruits are more attractive than whole fruits and vegetables. Adding a healthy dip makes it even more attractive, especially for kids.
- Learn how to make hummous from chickpeas. It's a great dip, a good source of protein, and an alternative to meat.
- Make a smoothie – almost any combination of milk, juice, yogurt and fruit makes a great drink when blended. Get creative – experiment with new fruits and different combinations and let your kids get into the act. It’s an easy, fun way for them to get involved in the kitchen.
- A bowl of cereal with milk, or a piece of toast with a glass of milk is another good choice, especially if the cereal and bread are whole grain. Add a bit of fruit and you have a snack which covers 3 food groups.
- Popsicles made with 100% fruit juice or yogurt are fun snacks, especially in the spring and summer.

For more ideas consult the Health Promotions office at Health and Social Services

Calming Resource

The Impact Of Screen Media On Children: A Eurovision For Parliament

How to be a Co-Regulator Paula Jurczak @

Web Sites

Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education
Greater Good - Raising Happiness
Parent Further


Raising Happiness Christine Carter
Positivity - Barbara Fredrickson
In Hold Onto Your Kids, Gordon Neufeld provides reasons for why children are no longer responding to our directives and why they feel more attached to their peers for wisdom and guidance
-In Brainstorm Dan Siegel describes how brain development impacts teenage behaviour and how our understanding of that can help turn tumultuous times into improved relationships.
How to connect with your son without turning him away. “Do you constantly struggle to pull information from your son, student, or athlete, only to encounter mumbling or evasive assurances such as “It’s nothing” or “I’m good?. Masterminds and Wingman by Rosalind Wiseman provides help.
Understanding the peer influences on girls and some of the stereotypes imposed is offered through Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman




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