Social Skills Series #12: Self-Control

The holiday season is upon us! It is the season of twinkling lights, the crunch of snow under our feet, and a veritable avalanche of sugary sweets and mouth-watering baked goods.

Muppets and Puppets (2016) was one of my favourite themes. We had an absolute blast in music class with the music of Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. As I sit down to write an article about self-control as a skill, I don’t think I can find anything to say to be half as eloquent as the incomparable Cookie Monster in his inspirational monsterpiece, Me Want It (But Me Wait). #controlmeself

“Me have strategies that can calm me down.
Me can talk to self, me can stand up straight,
me can take deep breath, me can self-regulate.” 
– C. Monster


Vanessa Farkas is a writer, musician, educator, and lifetime learner who worked at the Phoenix Education Foundation as a music teacher from 2010-2018 and has left to retrain and pursue a new career as a legal assistant. Her eight years at Phoenix have left her enriched with experiences and stories, and this series blends those stories and experiences with practical advice and perspectives on helping children develop social skills. Names have been changed.