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“In his new book, “Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage With Life,” Shanker breaks down the research behind stress and presents a method for responding to it.

He says by age 3, children can learn to self-regulate their own stress using a five-step process: recognizing the oncoming signs of stress, pinpointing the negative stress (is it a light, a sound, a texture, a noise?), reducing the stress, reflecting on overstressed behavior, and reclaiming calmness, be it with meditation, exercise, breathing techniques or music.”

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