Will our child is successful, healthy, financially stable and free of bad habits? It turned out that all depends on self-control.
The level of self-control as early as three years of age, may be an indicator of how the child will be successful as adults. These results were obtained in the course of the study, which was published in the Journal of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
An international team of researchers studied the behavior of more than a thousand children from New Zealand who were born in the early 1970s, measuring the level of self-control in the period from 3 to 5 years. At age 5, 7, 9 and 11 years, the team interviewed parents, teachers and children themselves for display qualities such as impulsive aggression, hyperactivity, inattention and impermanence. When they turned to 32 years old, with 96% of the original participants had an interview, physical examination, blood should be tested, checked the availability of criminal records. They assessed the level of health, welfare, and law-abiding members grew up.
The results were striking. One-fifth of children with the lowest self-control, in 27% of cases had health problems. In this fifth of children who had the greatest self-control, had health problems in only 11% of cases. Among the 20% of the most intemperate, 32% had an income of less than $ 15,000 per year, while over 20% of the aged such income had only 10%. Most undisciplined grew up in single-parent families in 58% of cases, and soaked in 26%. 43% unseasoned were convicted of a criminal offense, while this figure was restrained at the level of 13%.
The researchers found that the more self-control improves as they get older, the better indicators of life - from the credit score and ending with metabolism. The researchers came to the conclusion that is never too early to start teaching children self-discipline.