Teaching Kids Self-Control
I define self-control as the ability to select an appropriate response to a feeling or thought from among a number of possibilities.
If you accept the assumptions (and conclusions) of the Volcano Theory, and if you accept that control over another’s behavior is a delusion (a belief falsely held), then how are you to “manage” or “govern” your child’s behavior? How are you to “get” him or “make” him do the right thing, or do what you want him to do, or behave the way you “need” him to behave?
The answer to these questions is really quite simple. You can’t. So the best thing to do is to stop trying to do the impossible.
What?!? Stop trying to make your child do the right thing?
Then what about the child who never picks up her toys? What about the toddler running blindly into the street? Or hitting her mother? Or biting her brother? What about all her unacceptable behavior at school, or in the neighborhood, or in your home? What about your teenager stealing, or fighting, or cheating, or cursing?
Again, you’ll stop trying to make her do the right thing. You might think I’m crazy. So, what am I talking about??