Emotions: what is self-regulation?


Self-regulation is the means by which we control our responses to a situation. It involves understanding our emotions and developing strategies to manage them. It also incorporates the ability to think about a problem and plan how to approach it. Some children find it easier than others to self-regulate, but all will need help developing this skill. Coregulation Coregulation incorporates the ways in which adults caring for children model coping, helping children manage their own emotional and behavioral responses. Co-regulation is a vital part of helping children self-regulate. People who are able to self-regulate well don’t turn off their emotions; they recognize them and use this self-awareness to strategize about what to do next. For example, when they experience anger, worry, boredom, or similar feelings, they are able to come up with a plan for moving forward instead of staying stuck in that emotion. Why is self-regulation so important? Self-regulation is a tool for life. Studies consistently show that children with well-developed self-regulatory skills are successful in their learning and are able to persist and adapt when faced with new challenges. For children to start developing self-regulatory skills in their early years, they need to experience challenges that they can try to overcome. However, this does not mean that they should be left alone. Rather, it means giving them opportunities for that growth, trusting them to make their own decisions, and supporting them to do so. >> Learn more: The importance of self-regulation Affective co-regulation Children can only learn to self-regulate if they are accompanied by an adult who stimulates them and who has a good capacity for self-regulation. It is such a secure relationship that it favors effective co-regulation. Helping children learn ways to manage their feelings and thoughts will have an impact on later generations as they care for their own children. What form of learning supports self-regulation? Self-regulation is a metacognitive skill. This means that it is important in all areas of learning. We often think of self-regulation as supporting healthy emotional and social development, and this is certainly a critical aspect. However, it is also relevant to other things. >> Read: The influence of gender in management […]

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