Teaching Self-Control - TeachersAndFamilies

Teaching Self-Control
Strategies for Parents
From the National Association
of School Psychologists



Self-control is an important skill for all children to learn. It refers to a child having power or control over his or her own actions. It also means that a child knows right from wrong. Children who do not make choices about their own behavior, but instead rely on other children, parents, teachers, or adults to make choices for them, do not learn self-control. These children may follow others' bad choices and get involved in ridiculing others, taking away others' things, and not taking responsibility for the consequences of their behavior. If students learn self-control at an early age, then they will feel better about the choices that they do make.



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This material is adapted from "Self Control Skills for Children" by Louise Eckman (in Helping Children at Home and School: Handouts From Your School Psychologist, published by NASP, 1998) and from the "Tolerance in Action" Curriculum (developed by Deborah Crockett and Howard Knoff, released in late 2002).
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