Limits for Little Ones

Adult facing away from camera holds a young child who is facing the camera and appears to be upset.Limits for Little Ones is another informative article from the folks at Zero to Three. The author begins by defining and normalizing the common parenting experiences of “tantrums” and “acting up.” Both are perfectly normal responses on the part of a child to overwhelming feelings and a need for support. She goes on to provide insight into why young children test limits. Very interesting!

Next, the article includes seven pro-active strategies for “heading off misbehavior.” Each one is directly applicable to the real world and something parents can put into practice right away. This resource wraps up by discussing the importance of parent self-regulation and everyday ways to “show a (young) child what self-regulation looks like.” Limits for Little Ones is filled with ideas you’ll be glad you have in your back pocket.

Remember, when sharing this resource with Early Start families, consider how the strategies might need to be adapted for use with a child who has or is at risk for a delay or disability.

The ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM) describes core knowledge and role-specific competencies needed for early intervention service provision, incorporating current research and evidence in the field of early intervention. To access the ESPM, click here.

This resource is related to the following ESPM knowledge-level competencies:

  • Core Knowledge (CK):
    • CK2: The role of primary social and emotional relationships as the foundation for early learning.
    • CK6: The sequences of development and the interrelationships among developmental areas/factors, including . . . emotional development and resiliency, including the development of attachment and trust, and self-regulation
  • Individualized Family Service Plan Development and Review (IFSP-i):
    • IFSP-i2 (EIS): Understands the individual nature of child learning styles and the importance of adapting intervention strategies.
    • IFSP-i10 (EIS): Knows strategies that support parents in providing basic health, nutrition, and safety for infants and toddlers in natural environments.
    • IFSP-i11 (EIS): Knows strategies that support parents in adapting the natural environment to meet infant/toddler developmental needs.
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