Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-regulation, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success. People with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally, and socially.
Teaching kids to have self-regulation is one of the most important character traits we can teach. Experts believe that kids who master self-regulation become masters of their learning, are more critical thinkers, and make healthier choices; and the benefits are life-long.
As parents, I am sure we have observed that little kids have very minimal self-regulation and older kids have some! We adults have developed this self-regulation over time. While it is something that develops as we mature, should we leave the ability to self-regulate up to nature alone, or is there something we could do at home to help kids develop or strengthen this important skill? Some exciting research says self-regulation is something kids can learn. And the best part? It can be taught through play.
Note: I’ve interchangeable used the terms self-regulation and self-control only for the sake of understanding. As Dr. Stuart Shanker says, “There is a profound difference between self-regulation and self-control. Self-control is about inhibiting strong impulses; self-regulation, reducing the frequency and intensity of strong impulses by managing stress-load and recovery. In fact, self-regulation is what makes self-control possible, or, in many cases, unnecessary. The reason lies deep inside the brain.”
* 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘 (𝗢𝗰𝘁 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬) * – I’ve made a follow-up video with 5 more research proven games to help develop self-regulation in kids (https://youtu.be/TkPwr_plwhU)
OTHER AWESOME GAMES TO IMPROVE SELF-REGULATION (SELF-CONTROL)
1. My Feelings Game. Fun Educational Family Game to Help Kids Express Their Emotions and Learn self Regulation. Endorsed by Dr Temple Grandin and Other World Renown clinicians and Educators: https://amzn.to/2NnmRXn
2. Social Emotional Games NoWaries S.T.O.R.M. | Best Educational Learning Resources for Kids & Adults | Emotional Awareness, Control, & Vocabulary: https://amzn.to/2QgbPpe
3. Mad Dragon: An Anger Control Card Game | Designed for children aged 6 to 12 | Fun & therapeutic card game teaching anger control: https://amzn.to/2LDx6ER
4. Go Fish: Swimming Toward Self Control | This game addresses the importance self-control and impulse control during school, home, and after-school activities | Designed for children aged 4 to 12: https://amzn.to/32Po2Cz