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Beyond “Use Your Words!”: How Babies Begin to Develop Self-Control in the First Three Years

In this podcast, Dr. Brenda Jones Harden describes how young children develop self control starting even in the first year of life, and how parent can set limits with love.  

Dr. Jones Harden is Associate Professor at the University of Maryland College Park. She is a clinician and researcher whose work focuses on the development and mental health of young children.


1. Listen to this podcast

2. Learn more about Brenda Jones-Harden, PhD

Additional Resources:

Read about key findings from ZERO TO THREE's 2009 National Parent Survey

Developing Self-Control: Birth to 12 Months

Developing Self-Control: 12 to 24 Months

Developing Self-Control24 to 36 Months

The Development of Self-Control, a set of age-based handouts

Helping Your Child Begin to Develop Self-Control

Coping With Agression and Teaching Self-Control in the Early Years

Parent-Child Activities That Support the Development of Self-Control

Young Toddlers--12-24 Months

Older Toddlers--24-36 Months

Discipline and Limit-Setting: Building Self-Control—a set of age-based handouts for caregivers

Frequently Asked Questions:

Without fail, as soon as I answer the telephone my 1-year-old starts fussing for my attention.

My 19-month-old daughter and I go to a playgroup once a week. Last week my daughter grabbed a car out of her friend’s hands. How can you get little kids to share?

It is impossible to grocery shop with my 22-month-old. She wants to grab for everything and struggles to get out of the cart...help!! What can I do?



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