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Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide, Volume I, Wellbeing in Children and Families by Cary L. Cooper, Susan H. Landry

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Introduction

Susan H. Landry

University of Texas Health Science Center, U.S.A.

The wellbeing of children and families is of utmost importance to our communities, cities, and nations. This volume is a collection of chapters that address many of the issues related to understanding the wellbeing of young children and, in turn, the wellbeing of their families. The first part of this volume includes four chapters that describe different, but related, areas of children's early development that together provide an important foundation for later competence. The changes in children's self-regulation and executive control over the first years of life, described in Chapter 2, are dramatic. This is important to appreciate as these skills are critical to children's ability, at entry into school, to function somewhat independently in a classroom with all of the numerous social and cognitive demands they face in this complex setting. The inclusion of these discussions in this book is important, given how self-regulation and executive control together with emotion regulation are integral to later academic and social competence.

Chapter 3 provides a sound rationale for considering the importance of early emotional regulatory skills for understanding that early cognitive learning can be best supported if there is careful attention to these skills and the emotional climates of children's learning environment (e.g., classrooms, schools, and home). We also understand, from information provided in ...

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