More developed language skills helped toddlers cope with frustration and anger better by the time they are in preschool, concludes an American study.
"This is the first longitudinal evidence of early language abilities predicting later aspects of anger regulation," says Pamela M. Cole, research professor of psychology at Pennsylvania State University, who was the principal study investigator.
Angry outbursts like temper tantrums are common among toddlers, but by the time children enter school, they are expected to have more self-control. To help them acquire this skill, they are taught to use language skills like using your words, the journal Child Development reports.
This study sought to determine whether developing language skills relates to developing anger control and observed children who had better language skills as toddlers and whose language developed more quickly expressed less anger at age four than their peers whose toddler language skills were not good.