The capacity to control one’s impulses and stop doing something (even if one desires to continue doing it) or start doing something if needed (even if one doesn’t want to do it).[i]

[i] Bodrova E., & Leong, D. J. (2012). Tools of the mind: Vygotskian approach to early childhood education. In J. L. Roopnarine & J. Jones, Approaches to early childhood education (6th ed., pp. 241-260). Columbus, OH: Merrill/Prentice Hall.