In order to follow rules and understand limits, children need to have self-control. Self-control is the ability to cope with strong feelings and stop ourselves from doing something we want to do, but that is not allowed. Developing self-control begins at birth and continues across our lives. Young children learn self-control through interactions with other children, and guidance from parents and other loving adults. Children with biological or developmental disabilities may not learn self-control in the same ways as their typically developing peers. Parents should always talk to their pediatrician or another professional when they have concerns about how their child is developing or behaving.