Weekly Wellness Update

June 29-July 3 - Co Regulation

Challenging Behaviors: Why We Shouldn’t Expect Kids to Self-Regulate Too Soon

By Mona Delahooke, PhD.


Five-year-old Nathan was excited about a family outing to the zoo, but his mother worried he would not be able to control his behavior. So she explained her carefully devised plan. She had ten gummy bear candies with her. If Nathan behaved well, she would give him all ten at the end of the visit. Each time he misbehaved, though, he would lose one.



After just half an hour, Nathan was down to five gummy bears. Then he tossed French fries at his brother at lunchtime, and his mother told him he was down to three. Upset, Nathan leaned back in his chair so far it toppled over, much to his mother’s chagrin.



Unfortunately, her plan was doomed from the start. Why?

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