Impulse Control for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Children don’t develop true impulse control until age 3.5-4 years of age. The kind of control that involves rational thinking where they can step back in the moment and think, “should I do this,” or “is this safe.” That said, there are behavior strategies and key words that children can be taught to help them respond to the cues to step back or have them automatically go a little slower into exciting transitions. It might not be coming from an inner rational thinking part of their brain just yet, but it can definitely be a precursor to that skill. Here are some strategies that I recommend. Teach children these terms & concepts: “Wait” Pair this word with fun/exciting transitions. Use counti

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