The relevance of this research article to our program philosophy and focus is that it lends added weight to recognizing that the environment can either assist or hinder children’s capacities to develop higher levels of inner discipline. Inhibitory Control is one aspect of inner discipline (can a child wait or deny him or herself a wanted action or item if needed?). Since we adults not only construct the environment but are an essential component of the culture of the environment, it is good to know the research continually upholds that what we believe and do really matters to our children’s development. When we offer our children our loving presence and responsiveness to their needs, they are learning that they are valuable and cared about. This experience of being loved is the first step in knowing how to love themselves and others.
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