Helping Your Child Build Self-Control
Self-control is a key part of childhood development and it’s important for kids to learn so they can use healthy strategies to control their behaviors and emotions.
How to Help Your Child Develop Self-Control
As parents, you can help your children build their self-control by taking the following steps:
- Set clear expectations and boundaries: Create a plan and routine for your child to follow and let them know what is expected of them.
- Praise good behavior: Acknowledge and reward good behavior with praise, encouragement, and lots of hugs.
- Model self-control: Children learn from watching you, so it’s important to demonstrate self-control within your own behavior.
- Encourage problem solving: Help your child learn to identify and work through problems by coming up with different solutions.
- Allow them to make mistakes: Let your children know it’s okay to make mistakes and that everyone makes them.
- Teach self-care: Show your child how to take care of themselves with healthy habits such as regular exercise, adequate sleep, and proper nutrition.
- Encourage positive self-talk: Help your child develop positive self-talk skills so they can navigate difficult emotions.
As children’s self-control grows, they will be better equipped to exercise self-discipline, better cooperation with others and the ability to follow directions. With the right tools and guidance, your child can learn how to develop strong self-control which will help them throughout life.
Remember, parenting is a marathon, not a sprint – take the time to help your child build the skills they need to be successful.