Sunday, February 20, 2011
I was reading the above article and I started thinking about my own self control and that of my pre-school age girls. I wonder what I was like as a child and if I had good self-control or not. I remember being the peacemaker from an early age, but I can't really remember what I was like as a pre-schooler other than bing quiet and easily occupied. What I do know is that the first lines of the article hit home, "Self-control keeps us from eating a whole bag of chips or from running up the credit card. A new study says that self-control makes the difference between getting a good job or going to jail — and we learn it in preschool". My own habits and self-control are excellent in some arenas- I am a successful professor, I manage my home relatively effectively while being a working mom (with the blessing of a husband who works from home!), but not so great in others. While I may not eat an entire bag of chips at a time, I certainly can venture easily past the one serving point, even when I am full really. I like considering the concept of self-control versus will-power, because the idea of will-power makes me feel weak, but the idea of self-control makesme feel strong and empowered!
What do you all think?