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How To Teach Your Kids Self-Control

Watch more How to Instill Good Values in Kids videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to teach your kids self-control using these tips and make peace, not war. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Set limits Set limits and consistent boundaries at the outset. Kids don't understand the difference between wants and needs. You are the boss, and their teacher. Tip "Your crisis isn't everybody else's emergency," is a good rule of thumb to teach them. Step 2: Stay calm Stay calm to demonstrate your own self-control. They need to know that their reaction is out of proportion to the problem, but they can't learn that if you're yelling, too. Step 3: Enforce consequences Enforce direct consequences as opposed to arbitrary punishment. If they throw a tantrum over wanting to watch a TV program, shut the TV off, rather than say, sending them to their room. Tip Children are more intelligent than parents think they are and appreciate having to figure things out. Step 4: Use teachable moments Use teachable moments to address behavior. Make them take responsibility -- guide them to identify what they did and identify better behavioral choices. Step 5: Encourage mistakes Let them make mistakes. Problems are opportunities to learn better behavioral and coping skills. Comfort them, but encourage them to try self-discipline again, noting what they did right. Step 6: Be a role model Set a clear example by following the rules you set. Kids emulate their parents' actions, so illustrate how gratification can be delayed and how to cooperate with others' needs in mind. Did You Know? Some types of impulsive behavior, according to information published in 2007 by the National Institute of Health, can be a symptom of bipolar disorder.
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