The significance of Teaching Kids Self-Discipline


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Teaching kids self-discipline skills while they’re young can help them throughout their lives. People who never learn self-discipline skills tend to struggle to keep healthy habits, even into adulthood. Managing schoolwork, employment, money and household responsibilities all require self-discipline.

The Importance of Teaching Children Self-discipline For many parents, teaching your children self-discipline is a top-priority goal. Often, we tend to mistake self-discipline with strict obedience. While learning how to respect others is important, children should know how to practice self-control without the presence of an authority member.

Teaching kids self-discipline skills while they’re young can help them throughout their lives. People who never learn self-discipline skills tend to struggle to keep healthy habits, even into adulthood. Managing school work, employment, money and household responsibilities all require self-discipline.

Teaching children self-discipline As highlighted earlier, self-discipline is learned behaviour. It can be difficult for many children to embrace it due to the urge to give in to temptations and peer pressure. Saras Bhaskar adds, “There are many and varied reasons that prevent children from being self-disciplined.

Importance of Discipline: “ If you value time, time will value you.” Elaborating on this, it has a simple meaning “Time lost never comes back”. Starting at the basics, children tend to flourish more if they lead a structured life. Self-discipline promotes good judgment and the exercise of good judgment is an opportunity to empower your child to make good choices. Of course, children are not born with self-discipline. They learn it from the most influential people in their lives.

Part of how kids learn self-control is to experience what happens when they do not exercise their self-control. If your child responds in a disrespectful manner toward parents or siblings, then he needs to learn the right lesson, which is that it would have been much wiser had he more carefully considered his choices before acting. In short, discipline is about teaching children a system of values that they can use to guide them through life. This system can lead to a healthier emotional life that promotes the development of self-motivation, self-control, personality, and decision-making processes.

The importance of self discipline: Conclusion Discipline is an essential quality both in our private and public life. Lack of discipline causes disaster and disorder in human life. Discipline inculcates in us virtues of honesty, humility and a sense of responsibility.

As parents, we have so many lessons to teach our kids. One of the big ones is self-discipline. Especially in the older child, instilling the lesson of self-discipline is important.

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Teaching parents to observe, pinpoint, and track their children’s behavior is important because it helps them to see the interactional sequences that are involved in the development and maintenance of both positive and problematic child behaviors.

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This theme of the central importance of encouraging young children to become independent or ‘self-regulated’ learners is one which we develop more fully in Chapter 2, when we look at the organization of the classroom environment.

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Adults— parents, grandparents, and teachers—play a very important role in preparing young children for future school success and in becoming self-confident and motivated learners.

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Authoritative parents were most likely to have preschool children who show self-motivation, have prosocial peer interactions, persist with tasks longer, initiate new activities more frequently, and achieve more in school.

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Parents promote learning and abate problems by creating positive learning environments and by effectively managing contingencies on child behavior.

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Part 3 presents information on teaching responsible behavior to children directly, the use of positive practice, the importance of practicing behaviors before they are needed, and teaching self-discipline.

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  • No wonder they say life is a pain in the ass. Everything enjoyable and pleasurable is bad for you, while everything that’s hard and boring is good for you.

  • This video might have changed my life. It’s only day 3 right now.

    I’ve watched it a few times now, the idea of self discipline being freeing was a huge epiphany producing psychological flip for me. As I say it’s a day 3 and I don’t let a damn thing go without doing it. Diet, bed time, alarm no snooze, exercise, catching up with business. I feel unbelievable.

  • There is no way that porn is a hindrance to a meaningful realtionship. In fact it’s probably necessary if you’re aiming you maintain a successful monogamous relationship since humans arent wired to be sexually monogomous.

  • Whoa, I would fly away if a crazy shaking bear approached my hive too. LOL

    Anyway, thanks for creating this video. Self-discipline has helped me so much in my life.:D

  • But how do you know what you truly want though? That too is based in biology. The trap you fall for is believing yourself to be free when in reality we are deterministic creatures. The “life you want” is more a symptom of modernity, which in a sense clashes with how we evolved to be. What you are promoting is, to put it bluntly, unnatural.

  • This video, I must say has been one of the most influential videos of my life. I remember watching this in sometime during last February, and after I realised the point communicated, I started improving a lot in my studies. To everyone reading this comment, self discipline may be a bit difficult at first, but it’s going to be well worth it. Have a good day(or a night)!

  • What do you think about porn? And especially, in a love relationship? Which are the pros and cons of porn in a love relationship? How can affect that, if one o both watch porn and masturbate on that?

  • Hey guys, thanks for watching! Glad too see the overwhelming positivity and receptiveness to the message in this video. I’ve received some good constructive feedback that I’d like to add to this video. At some point in the video, I use the phrase “genetic engineering” to describe how food is being altered to be more addictive. That was a poor choice of words on my part. I meant engineering as a synonym for “created” and genetic should not have been placed in that sentence:). Thanks to all those who have pointed that out. Have a good day!

  • so sad that you believe in evolution. thats why you will never truly understand what the Great Controversy is about… -a book you should read.

  • Motivation is, for me, is directly related to what I thoughts I’m thinking in the moment.

    If I feel unmotivated, I check to see if my body is really tired and stressed, or if I’m thinking unmotivated thoughts.

  • Alrighty! I Think I’m done watching self discipline stuff now. Not because I’m driven to go do it suddenly, but because I’m sick and tired of this high horse that people put themselves on. These people make it look like the world is against them, say that they want to “tell you a little story,” and try to make you feel like you are no good if you are not taking advantage of being a human at every moment. Seriously, it’s like every answer on Quora that I’ve ever read. How about just saying it’s fun to try new things you think would be fun and to be challenged at them. I’m over here playing Rondo of Blood while I listen to this and you’re telling me about how video games and movies are practically pointless. How about people don’t always need to find the greater good or self-enlightenment. Sometimes it’s good to just exist and not be swarmed with anxiety that other people insist on you with productivity talk.

    My advice, stop talking to everyone like you are in this hidden world that’s so weird and rewarding than the one they are trapped in. How about we don’t try making people feel bad about doing certain things, but instead encourage doing things that are different, fun, and challenging.

    I know that you’re just trying to bring light to a concept, but come on. Life isn’t only about being a monk in a Temple with no luxuries.

  • Weirdest thing when you started with the bee story, a bee just literally flew into my salad and started bugging me. I didn’t let it die though:D it was just curious.

  • To those arguing that “games aren’t bad”, no, they are not entirely bad, it totally depends on if they lead you towards your personal goals or not. I personally know at least forty gamers, some spend more than 14 hours per week playing. Want to know how many of them actually “make money” by playing? NONE. I used to be an avid gamer, easily spent more than 2000 hours playing when I was a kid / teen. Never made a penny for that either.

  • I really enjoyed your video, particularly the graphics. This idea of discipline being freeing is also the focus of James Clear’s book Atomic HabitsI don’t think I’ve heard the concept explained more succinctly. The more you automate the tedious details of life, the more energy you free for doing the things that really matter.

  • I am lucky to find this video, even 1 year later, I really needed this to sort some things in my head. I am consistently trying to improve myself, especially my self-discipline but I get all kinds of distractions like mentioned in this video.. I have limited my social circle and I’ve spent more time with myself lately and it was good, it gave me some perspective.. Thank you for the video and be well

  • More like TV is the real problem compared to all others. TV manipulates peoples opinions or tastes not to mention what commercials do to people. If people live in rural area or small town then there is higher possibility that they will end up with sitting on computer and comunicate with the rest of the world this way or end up playing video games becouse there is no other attraction nerby like a gym or pool. People from big towns have it easier becouse they have access to lots of people to talk to or interreact with, movies, gyms, pools or skill learning courses, all in one place. Besides some video games might help people learn. When I was a kid I had problems to learn english in school as the teacher wasnt really good on passing on the learning skill, so at home I was playing RPG games all in english, simple combining learnig-fun-progress. Since I had to progress in the story further I had to know what they were saying, many times had to use dictionary out of my own will to continue on. After such gaming sessions I started to get better grades in school, so its not all bad with gaming.

  • videogames are a double-edged sword. Not necessarily a bad thing, you can learn and grow a lot by just playing some, but as it goes too much of anything is toxic

  • So many people missing the point. The video isn’t saying that stuff like videos games and the internet are inherently evil. It’s saying that if you want to achieve long-term, meaningful goals, you have to learn self discipline. If you play and appreciate videos games, and it seriously doesn’t interfere with your long-term goals, then that’s fine. The problem is when you start doing these things mostly out of habit, impulse, or as a way to cope with difficulties. Suddenly years have gone by and you still don’t have the body, the family, or the career you’ve always wanted (and anyone who has taken the time to achieve these things will tell you they’re priceless, and worth it.) You’ve just been building up meaningless numbers on a screen.
    And if you truly believe that life is meaningless, and therefore there is no meaning to goals and aspirations, I’m sorry you live that way. No one can stop you, but don’t kid yourself trying to convince others that sacrificing something superficial now for something worthwhile in the future is a horrible way to live. It’s really not.

  • Glad to see a community of people who also want to improve. But also you can’t genetically engineer foods to have salt… Salt is a mineral and doesn’t have DNA. And food fats like in avacados are good for the body. The unhealthy stuff is added artificially.

  • أعذرا: السيطرة على الرغبات هي ليس الحرية.
    على سبيل المثال:
    إذا انت فقدت الحرية الذاتية، انت لا تستطيع التحكم بقيادة سيارتك في الطريق، و سوف يؤدي الى سلوك سيئ في الطريق العام، ( و حوادث ).
    بلذا، إذا انت فقدت الحرية الذاتية، انت سوف تفقد التحكم بالنفس، و السيطرة على الرغبات.
    لكن، الحرية الذاتية الإيجابية هي تؤدي الى التحكم بالنفس و الانضباط الإيجابي. و الانضباط الإيجابي يؤدي الى السلوك الجيد في الطريق العام.

    جبينما الحرية الذاتية السلبية هي تؤدي الى ضعف السيطرة على الرغبات و التحكم بالنفس.
    لذا ، ما يجعل الحرية الذاتية إيجابية؟
    الجواب: بناء الذات الصحيح.

    من نبيل

  • *not a troll post every time I try to be disciplined I’m instantly struck by the futility of the universe.; there’s no god, no afterlife, i’m going to lose everyone and everything. So I sleep in, don’t watch what i eat, don’t learn, don’t socialise. Instead, I seek out instant pleasure because that seems to be all there is. Its to the point where anything less than god himself appearing before me and assuring me there is an ultimate purpose won’t suffice.

  • Wow I’m amazed by this content. I didn’t once in my life think of self discipline like that. I used to think it was boring.. but then this changed my vision. Thank you so much

  • The real challenge with self discipline is enduring the grind required for most worthwhile goals. Sometimes you simply need to change gears to disengage from the constant mental work process. Maybe the trick is to use your periods of downtime to actually relax your mind, like playing with your pets or walking around the park rather than watching movies or playing videogames, i.e., more mental stimulation. Like taoists say, it’s not natural to only expand; you must contract aswell

  • That bee at the end so cute haha. I love bees, and love honey lol. Always sad to see one dead on the ground, which has been happening more and more recently, really strange.

  • I have the will power but I become a different person when I want the immediate gratification, so I don’t even want to try to use my will power to stop myself even though I could. I then latter regret it. My long term goals stay the same until I get the urge for immediate gratification again. Can you explain how to solve this problem because it doesn’t seem to be a will power problem but a different personality at different times problem. (the personality then has different goals from my personality now)

  • Awesome Video and Great wisdom! Like Hal Urban said in his book, Life Greatest Lesson: “Self Discipline is to make yourself do something, though you don’t want, ’cause the reward of completing it is far more bigger than temporary displeasure from the work itself.”

    For example, You want to have a healthy body. You couldn’t have it without give up something(like junk food). It require hard work, pain and a lot of self discipline. But all of these displeasure will be paid if you get that healthy body.

  • I used to have so much self discipline and was pretty academically successful, but was depressed. Over the years, I’ve lost my discipline, but I think I’ve also gotten happier and feel more free. Idk which is more important to me now, but l always wish I could get back my discipline because it made surface life easier. This is only my experience, I’m not saying striving to be disciplined is bad, it’s just that these concepts have always been related in my life.