Professor Claire Vallotton Developing language skills is an important element in the upbringing of a child. While most individuals will agree to this, it is important that accurate guidance is provided to the child. According to a study commenced by the Michigan State University, verbal skills are more important for boys than girls to develop self-control and, ultimately, succeed in school.

More prominence may be given to the words employed by boy toddlers and not on unruly behavior to solve problems. Boys may need extra attention from child-care providers and teachers to build language skills and use those skills to control emotions and behavior. Investigators presume that language skills have a bigger impact on boys’ self-regulation than on girls’. At the time of the study, scientists analyzed data on children as they aged from 1 to 3 and their mothers who participated in the National Early Head Start Research and Evaluation study.

“There’s been a concentrated effort lately, through policy and programs, to emphasize that kids build their social and emotional skills by the time they reach kindergarten so they can be ready to learn in that environment and throughout their school careers. Self-regulation is increasingly talked about as a pivotal skill,” added Claire Vallotton, MSU assistant professor of child development.

Experts observed that language skills are extremely crucial for the regulation of boys’ behavior. Overall girls may have a more natural ability to regulate themselves and focus. It appeared that boys with a strong vocabulary had a significant elevation in the ability to self-regulate which was even better than girls with a strong vocabulary.

The study will be published in the journal Early Childhood Research Quarterly.