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.

In this series, Teaching Self-Control in Young Children, we have explored how to teach the important virtue of self-control in Boundaries, Sleeping, and Speech. In this Part 4, we will look to find ways to teach self control in how our children eat. Despite the hilarious scene in the movie, “A Christmas Story”, where the little boy is encouraged to “eat like a piggy”, most parents would prefer their children to eat in a more civilized way. However, many parents struggle with how to achieve this. As with all training of children, begin very early. Why retrain once a behavior has gotten out of control, when you can train properly from the very beginning? 

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”.

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