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Holding it Together When Your World is Falling Apart

Kelly Bos

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR TOO-TIRED, STRESSED OUT, HAIR-TRIGGER FEELINGS

 

Self-control helps us lead healthy and productive lives, but is often the first to go under the weight of mounting pressures. As parents it is even more important for us to model self-control for our kids - our children are among a generation where self-regulation is becoming a real problem.

This is a scary thought. Studies show that self-control is more likely to predict success in the areas of health, relationships and income than SAT and IQ scores. Think about the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment of the 70’s where the kids who were able to wait for a second marshmallow and not eat the first during a set period. It was found that these kids were more likely to be successful than those who couldn’t wait.

Your mental skills are like a muscle; they can be strengthened. Here's 5 tips to develop and improve your self-control - for both you and your kids:

Get More Rest

One of the biggest detriments to control is a bad night's sleep. My toddler has turned a corner, but for some time was getting up throughout the night. This struggle was made worse by my decision to stay up late on my computer or watch TV. Interruptions will happen, but do all you can to get all the sleep available by getting to bed earlier.

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