Re-posted blog from 2019. This post has been updated to reflect new resources and information.

Self-regulation comes up often in conversations about parenting and education. But, what exactly does it mean? In the following video, Stuart Shanker explains his approach to self-regulation.


What are some of the stressors that children might experience? The following infographic describes some of the emotional stressors.
There are more visuals for the other four domains of stressors:

To learn more about Stuart Shanker’s approach to self-regulation, visit The Mehrit Centre website.

Benefits of Self-Regulation

When we learn self-regulation, we can cope with both the physical and emotional stressors that can occur during stressful situations.

“A study from 2016 showed that adolescents who regularly engage in self-regulatory behavior report greater wellbeing than their peers, including enhanced life satisfaction, perceived social support, and positive affect (i.e., good feelings) (Verzeletti, Zammuner, Galli, Agnoli, & Duregger).” – Courtney Ackerman

Self-regulation can also improve executive function by helping to build attention skills. When we are regulating our emotions we can more effectively remember, plan and focus. Self-regulation can also improve emotional intelligence. We can better understand both our emotions and those of others.

Keep in mind that anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other disorders can affect self-regulation. In this cases, it is best to consult with providers who specialize in these areas.

For even more resources about self-regulation and how to teach it, check out the links below.


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