Discipline and Limit Setting

In order to follow rules and understand limits, children need to develop self-control.

Self-control and self-regulation are complex skills that begin to emerge in the early months of life and are more consistently apparent between four and five years of age. Self-regulation takes many years to fully develop — and adults may still struggle with this skill occasionally! Read more about how young children learn self-control through interactions with peers, parents, and other loving adults.

Watch how parents and caregivers can set age-appropriate limits for young children learning to cope with their emotions.

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