From the NZ Herald today
Kids taught self-control do well as adults
Teaching self-control to children as young as 3 can set them up for healthy, wealthy and crime-free lives, researchers have found. Physical health, alcohol and drug addictions, personal finances and criminal offending in adulthood can be “significantly predicted” by how a child acts up to 11 years old.
The findings, part of a study of 1000 children born in Dunedin in 1972-73, have been released today by chief science adviser Sir Peter Gluckman. Study director Richie Poulton said the findings could help explain “the New Zealand paradox” of high teenage injury and death rates in such a peaceful, ethical and developed nation. He believes they could even account for our high national debt.
The biggest tragedy is that someone probably invested money in this research which could have been better used on organisations teaching parents how to instill this value in their kids!