One of the many important lessons that preschoolers can learn at child care centers is self-control. Child care providers can play a pivotal role in teaching self-control to toddlers through games/fun activities, interactions, and illustrations etc. The child’s age should be taken into account while teaching, but kids of same age group can be at different developmental levels. Therefore, during this course teachers should take into consideration child’s pace, strengths and weaknesses.

5 Ways Child Care Providers Can Teach Self-Control

One of the most common reasons for anger, frustration or tantrums among young children is they don’t know how to react or what to do in a particular situation. Below are the simple ways to teach preschoolers to control their behavior or emotions.

  • Set up play situations – You can teach self-control during play. Yes, you read it right! Children, while playing follow the game rules like taking turns, waiting for others, despite losing the game, staying calm and enjoying etc. Create a play environment in child care and practice self-control.

    How to Help Kids Learn Self-Control in Child Care Center
    How to Help Kids Learn Self-Control in Child Care Center
  • Monitor behaviors – Look at the signs when children are getting angry or emotional. Once you know the signs or situations to look for, you can suggest them the right ways to act in such scenarios before it goes out of control.
  • Indulge in role-play – Dramatic plays or role-plays are great ways to practice self-control. While acting kids learn how to speak to other and behave in a particular way in certain situations. Create a creative dramatic play area and encourage children’s role-play.
  • Perform appropriate behavior – Model suitable/right behavior in front of the children to teach them self-control. When they see their teachers behave cool and calm in a frustrating situation, they adapt the same behavior, thinking that’s the only way they must behave in such cases.

Read aloud – Remember when we were kids our parents and teachers encouraged us to read aloud for literacy development. But little did they know that reading also helps foster social and emotional development in kids. By reading a good story aloud to children, you can inculcate valuable life lessons from the characters’ struggles and choices in their mind and heart. Kids will remember and use it when they face similar situation. There are several stories of patience, determination and self-control that you can choose from.

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