When asked about school readiness skills, many teachers say children who succeed in kindergarten know when and how to control their impulses. They can follow through when a task is difficult and listen to directions for a few minutes. These skills are linked to self-control. Children can develop them at preschool and at home.
Here are a few ways families can help children learn self-control. Change the rules of a game to make it an opposite game. For example, instead of playing the familiar version of Simon Says, play Simon Doesnâ€™t Say.
Explain the new rule in words and actions: â€œDo the opposite of what Simon asks you to do. If Simon Says â€˜Touch your head,â€™ you should touch your toes.â€ Be sure to demonstrate how this works. Keep directions simple. Continue reading