Another Way to Improve Your Child's Success in Life
Since my daughter started Kindergarten, one of her new favorite games to play outside has been "Red Light, Green Light." Granted, it's challenging when she's giving the orders and it's me and the 3 year old, but we end up having fun. And it turns out, that simple game might also be helping ensure her success in life as an adult!
News came out yesterday about new research that shows kids who exhibit self control early in life have more success in their adult years. They're more likely to be good with finances (that's understandable) but also less likely to suffer from high blood pressure and have criminal records. While this study didn't look at a correlation between self-control and intelligence, other research has found a definite link in the brain between self control and intelligence.
Obviously we want our children to have good self control. But how do we mak sure they're learning it? Unfortunately it's not as easy as memorizing the ABCs, but there are some things parents can do.
* Encourage autonomy and problem solving. It's hard to watch your 2 year old take five minutes to figure something out when you could do it for him, but by going through the exercis himself he's learning self control.
* Play games like Simon Says and Red Light, Green Light. "These classic games help children learn to be guided by choices instead of instinct," said Adele Diamond, professor of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia.
* Read books to your children without showing them the pictures. This makes them use their own memory to follow the story.
KidsHealth.org also has some good self-control tips for specific ages of kids.