Dr. Erica Resicher dishes the one, single trait that can help your kids achiever higher levels of success! Find out what it is here!
Parents are always looking for new ways to help their kids to develop to be the very best they can possibly be. That's probably why moms and dads go the extra mile and spend huge wads of cash on expensive tutors, extracurriculars, and learning peripherals. Well, those options may be viable in their own right, but what if the key to helping kids achieve more didn't stem from excessive studying and exhaustive hard work?
According to Dr. Erica Reischer--psychologist, parent educator, speaker, and author of What Great Parents Do: The small Book of BIG Parenting Ideas--children have the ability to reach their maximum potential by practicing one simple trait: self-control.
Before you throw your hands in the air, and express your disbelief, here's some food for thought:
Years ago, researchers conducted a famous study known as the “marshmallow” experiments. In it, researchers tested preschoolers’ self-control and ability to delay gratification by sitting them alone in a room with--you guessed it--a marshmallow. The goal was to see exactly how long they could wait without consuming the tasty treat; thus, measuring of their self-control.
In the years since the experiment, the subjects of the test who resisted temptation the longest have gone on to show the highest academic achievement. In fact, their ability to delay eating the marshmallow was a better predictor of their future academic success than their IQ scores.
As Dr. Resicher reports on Psychology Today, additional studies have shown that self-control also correlates highly with greater stress tolerance and concentration abilities, as well as increased empathy, better emotion regulation, and social competence.
So as much as it is our parental instinct to thrust children into extracurriculars, advanced courses, and lengthy study sessions, Reischer claims, "We can help our children be successful by helping them practice and develop skills related to self-control."
As with any trait, the earlier it is taught, the easier it is implemented into everyday life. So that means helping kids practice self-control at an early age!
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