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Ways to Help Children Gain Self-Control




Gaining self-control is very essential for children to undergo tough situations in life smoothly. Find ways to help children develop self-control right here.


Self-control is a very important trait that children must imbibe during early childhood years. This virtue is very crucial for helping them control their behaviour easily. Developing control over behaviour can make it simple for children to achieve their goals and become successful in life. A better self-control is essential for children to do well in their academics. Children who have better self-control develop higher self-esteem as well as good physical and mental health. Listed below are few ways that can help children to improve self-control.


Tips for Helping Children Gain Self-Control

Here are few things that parents can do to help children gain self-control.

Be a Guide

For developing a better self-control, children must be aware of what is expected from them. So, parents must become a good guide and set clear expectations with respect to the behaviour. Parents can create a set of rules and regulations which can be followed by entire family. Maintaining a proper timetable for children can help them meet the expectations easily and develop a better self-control.

Encourage Your Children to Express

It is necessary to help children express their feelings. Whatever emotions they are feeling at a certain point of time, they should be given enough of scope to express them. Whenever they want to tell you something, do not ignore them. Be fair in listening to all that they want to say. Let them open-up as much as they can. Be like a friend to them whenever they want to share something with you. Encourage them to express by asking them how their day was and the kind of things that happened with them during the day.

Help them Make Right Choices

Children are innocent. They do not know what is right and what is wrong. Parents must help children to different between what is right and what is wrong or what is good and what is bad. They should be aware of the kind of behaviour that is labelled good and vice-versa. Learning to make right choices can help children take right decision. By understanding the difference between right and wrong they can become capable to handle all situations that they come across wisely. In this way they can exercise a better self-control.

Inculcate Good Values

Inculcating good values in children can help them to attain a better self-control. Teaching values like kindness, truthfulness, helpfulness, respect etc; are very important for helping them develop self-control. Values can also help to lay down a foundation to live a happy and contented life.  

Teach Self-Regulation Techniques

Teaching self-regulation techniques to children right from young age will not only help them have a better self-control but also help them develop into a better human being. Self-regulation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, exercise, yoga etc; can help children to have better control over their emotions. Such techniques can also help children to get rid of negative feelings in them and develop into positive individuals. 

Avoid Putting Pressure

Do not put too much of pressure on children. Allow them some time to relax and unwind. Make your home into such a space that your children get enough of scope to rejuvenate. An atmosphere full of stress and pressure can affect their emotional well being and they may start losing control over their senses. Too much of pressure can fuel anger and frustration in them.

Self-control will not come in children overnight. Let them take their own time to develop it. Do not become a dictator, be your children’s friend and a good support system. Provide a positive environment that can be conducive for the development of self-control in children as well as their overall development.


What are the ways to help children gain self-control? Why is it necessary for children to develop self-control? How can lack of self-control affect the development of children? Discuss here.

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