The site describes the role of parents in encouraging their children to be regulated with tips like playing "stop and go" and "freeze" games:
- Children practice delayed gratification.
- Children learn to suppress their impulsive behavior because to stay in the play, they have to abide by the rules.
- Children practice regulating each other’s behavior.
Parents can encourage children to practice self-regulation at home by establishing routines. For example, they can help their child to set an alarm clock that will ring when it is time to go to bed, so the child can “regulate” his or her own bedtime. Now it’s the child, not the parent, saying, “It’s time.”