TitleThe development of self-regulation and executive function in young children.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsMcClelland, MM, Tominey, SL
JournalZero to Three Journal
Date Published11/2014

Self-regulation lays the foundation for positive social relationships and academic success. In this article, we provide an overview of self-regulation and the key terms related to selfregulation, such as executive function. We discuss research on how self-regulation develops and connections between self-regulation and social and academic outcomes. We provide specific suggestions for ways that parents and caregivers can promote the development of strong self-regulation, including positive parenting practices and approaches that promote critical thinking in children. We also provide activities that help children practice these skills at home and in early care settings.