Self-regulation as predictor of success

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Self-regulation as predictor of success

Some interesting new research tells us that a quality called self-regulation is going to be the best predictor of your child's success. What self-regulation really is, is the brains ability to manage itself. The ability to plan. The ability to delay gratification. In other words, "I really need to study for this test and not watch TV all night." That ability develops with age and it comes from a part of the cortex called the frontal lobes up here, that are your executive functions. That helps you manage your life and manage your body because it is responsible for controlling motor skills. Children who have self-regulation are much better manage themselves than children who don't. Parents who set up a well-ordered environment in which they show their child how to plan ahead, how to work through problems, and how to delay gratification; have kids that develop these qualities more efficiently. I would urge parents to be sure to model those qualities that you want your child to develop because, really, they learn the most from what they see us do rather than from what we tell them.

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Jane M. Healy, PhD

Educational Psychologist

Jane Healy is a teacher and educational psychologist who has worked with all ages from pre-school to graduate school.  Her major research interest has been in finding practical applications of current brain research for teachers and parents.  A graduate of Smith College, she holds a MA from John Carroll University, a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, and post-doctoral work in developmental neuropsychology.  She has served on the faculty of Cleveland State University. Her many years of experience include: parent, classroom teacher, reading/learning specialist, elementary administrator, and clinician.  She is recognized internationally as an author, lecturer, and consultant. She has received international media coverage, including Nightline, Good Morning America, the Today Show, CNN and NPR, for her ideas about the impact of technology, media and culture on children's brain development and learning.

Although Jane has received many honors, including being twice named the "Educator of the Year" by Delta Kappa Gamma, she claims that she and her husband have learned most of what they know from the process of raising three sons (and now their six grandchildren).

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