Preschoolers teaching

You can change the location at any time. Two sisters play during the 2012 Sunday Trailways event in Beaverton. Physical activity and outdoor play are one strategy for helping preschoolers teaching children improve their self-control, says Oregon State researcher Shannon Lipscomb.

The story that followed cited research by Shannon Lipscomb, an assistant professor of human development and family science at Oregon State University-Cascades Campus. According to the Daily Mail article, “genetics explain why some children thrive at preschool while others develop behavioural problems. Lipscomb said it’s more nuanced than that. 6 whom she and her fellow researchers studied, “what we really saw was that some children were predisposed to be more sensitive to their environment,” Lipscomb said. We didn’t see a direct effect of the genetics on the behavior. Researchers determined which children had the genetic predispositions by assessing their birth parents’ self-regulation, or lack thereof, she said. Setting clear limits and enforcing them consistently is crucial, Lipscomb said.

So is not “letting it go” when a child tests a boundary or breaks a rule. This goes hand in hand with consistency. Lipscomb said routines help children feel more in control and know what to expect, which in turn helps them to behave appropriately. It’s important to avoid overreacting or being harsh with children when they’re testing” boundaries or rules, Lipscomb said. They can only learn how to manage their behavior if they test the boundary and then they get a consistent message back from parents or teachers about what is OK and what isn’t OK. Yelling or spanking, she added, doesn’t work in the long run and may in fact ultimately make things worse.

Lipscomb recommended games that help children learn to control their bodies, such as Red Light Green Light and Simon Says. She also recommended teaching children how to pass the time when they’re waiting. For example, if you’re stuck in line, resist the urge to give the kids your smartphone to play with. Manage your own stress so you can be a good role model,” Lipscomb said. Make sure the kids see you going to yoga, walking around the neighborhood or just taking a voluntary timeout in another room to deal with frustration or anxiety. Encourage physical activity and outdoor play.