Self-control is the ability to say “no” when you want to say “yes“!

In 1972, Walter Mischel conducted one of the classic psychology experiments of all time. Children were shown into a laboratory and given a plate with a marshmallow on it. They were told they could eat it now, or if they waited a few minutes until he returned, they could have two!

The experimenters found that some children had more self-control than others, and subsequent research has shown that self-control matters.

A Better Life

Compared with people who have low self-control, people with high self-control live longer, have fewer psychiatric issues, are healthier, and are less likely to smoke, drink, use drugs, drive drunk, and commit crimes!

So how do we teach self-control to our kids?

First, model it.

Second, give kids responsibilities.

Third, let your kids make decisions for themselves, and talk through those decisions with them.


Originally published at Mum Daily. Photo by Kampus Production.

About the Author: Annette Spurr

Annette Spurr runs her own business at Blue Box Media and is also the Managing Editor at Mum Daily. As a wife and mother, Annette has discovered the power of gratitude journalling.

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