Cheryl Hernandez

Cheryl HernandezCheryl Hernández and her husband of more than 30 years, Kevin, live in Florida. They have nine children, including a daughter who is a Servant Sister. They are lay members of the Home of the Mother.

So far we have looked at two ways to teach self-control in young children: the areas of Boundaries and Sleeping. In Part 3, we will explore the area of speech. A self-controlled person has mastery over his speech - as a rule, he does not use coarse language or a loud, obtrusive voice, nor does he interrupt and speak over others. In addition, he is charitable in the words he uses and the manner in which he uses them (articulation). So, how can we begin to teach this to very young children? 

In Part 1 of this series, Teaching Self-Control to Young Children, we explored Boundaries. One of the first boundaries a child is given is the crib, and then later, the bed.

Monday, 06 February 2017 16:11

Teaching Self-Control to Young Children

Part 1: Boundaries
 1. What is self-control and why is it important?

Merriam-Webster defines self-control as “the ability to control oneself, in particular one's emotions and desires…especially in difficult situations”.

Why do we need ten reasons to attend daily Mass? God created us -- the very reason we exist, living and breathing right now, is because of the goodness and infinite love of God, and we owe it to Him to spend time with Him every day. This should be enough of a reason for us. Churches should be filled every day.... but the reality is they are not. Perhaps it’s because we will never really understand the power or beauty of the Mass. As St. John Vianney said, “If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy.” 

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