Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
If your 3-year-old shows remarkable self-control, congratulations: Your child will most likely become a successful adult.
A New Zealand study recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences involved scientists following 1,000 children from birth to adulthood. The study analyzed the children’s “health, wealth, family and criminal status when the participants reached age 32, then looked for correlations between the self-control score and these outcomes, correcting, for I.Q. and socioeconomic status” (MSNBC.com)
The study revealed that children who displayed self-control at 3-years-old made less bad judgments when they were teens, such as smoking cigarettes, taking drugs, dropping out of school, and getting pregnant. According to ScienceDaily, self-control was defined by factors such as a child’s threshold for tolerance, persistence in sticking with and executing goals, ability to think before acting, and patience in waiting. Children who either learned or grew up teaching themselves discipline and self-control had a better future that didn’t include credit card debts, substance abuse, or low self-esteem.
So instead of just natural intelligence, self-control can be important in propeling children to success.
Does your child have good self-control? What parenting tips do you have to help your kids to be more disciplined?
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Monday, October 11th, 2010
A father’s story: Mourning the baby we never had: It started perfectly. A rocking romance, magical wedding, and a decadent honeymoon. My wife stomps out of the bathroom, half-smiling, half-accusatory, holding a plastic stick with a plus sign and yelling, “Ian, you got me pregnant!” Thirteen weeks later, we see the color flee from the face of our ob-gyn, and he tells us that this being was not meant to be. [CNN]
Too much screen time can psychologically harm kids: More than two hours a day spent watching television or playing computer games could put a child at greater risk for psychological problems, suggests a new study. [MSNBC]
Autism linked to jaundice in newborns, study finds: Full-term babies born between 1994 and 2004 who were diagnosed with jaundice were 67 percent more likely to develop autism than those without jaundice, according to the study published in the latest issue of the journal Pediatrics. [MSNBC]
Baby born from 20-year-old frozen egg: A healthy baby boy has been born from an embryo frozen for almost 20 years. The baby’s mother, who is 42 and lives in the United States, underwent treatment for infertility for 10 years before she was given the embryo last year. She gave birth in May. [Fox News]
Autistic children are not good at covering up their lies, study shows: Children with autism will tell white lies to protect other people’s feelings and they are not very good at covering up their lies, according to a Queen’s University study. [Science Daily]
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