Teaching kids self-control leads to healthier adult life

January 26, 2011 4:40:41 AM PST
Teaching your kids self control now could make them successful adults later.

A new study finds that children with the most self control at the age of 3 become the healthiest, wealthiest and most successful adults.

It found that those with the least self control were more likely to drop out of high school, break the law and struggle financially.

Poor self control was described as having low tolerance for frustration, lack of persistence in reaching goals, impulsivity and difficulty taking turns.

Scientist's say that self control can and should be taught. The study appears in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.