Our society has accustomed us to the idea of success as a value to aspire in life, starting from an early age. Seeing our children realized with success in life is beautiful, but this involves a number of factors that creates really big expectations from them.
Therefore we often see children follow their school career with such big weight, causing them stress and bad moods.
What if there is a way to help children achieve success in life without causing all this stress?
Researches say that it is about mastering self-control. In fact, the better self-control, the better are the chances of being successful in life.
What is the self-control?
Self-control is the ability to control one’s self in order to achieve a goal.
A famous American experiment has proved that self-control can help children succeed in life. The experiment involved some children left each with a marshmallow in a room. In subsequent years the same kids who have endured not eat the marshmallows when left alone, have become successful people from the personal and academic point of view.
How to teach children self-control
With the help of parents and educators children can enhance this ability with practice. Younger children need imaginative play. Playing allows them to create their own rules and achieve their objectives. Thus they learn self-control in situations that they have self-created. Consequently play is not the opposite of learning. Indeed play is learning!
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It is also important to follow the attitudes of older children, letting them make important choices that can truly reflect themselves, achieving their goals in life. It is fundamental to understand that personal motivation leads to achieve their goals and not the others’ ones for them.
Sometimes it is hard for parents to accept some choices that children can do. Making these latter’s own choices, often those related to their academic career, not only helps them develop self-control, but also develop their critical skills as they carefully evaluate the pros and cons related to their objectives in life.