Self-Control is a Base Virtue

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Oh self-control. That is a virtue that we all really need help mastering, am I right? Who hasn’t spent too much time on social media or the Internet lately? Teaching your child to have self-control is a gift that will serve him not only now, but throughout his lifetime.

Self-Control is a Base Virtue by Cole Ramirez

Cole is talking about this base virtue and has 3 great ideas to help you teach it. She says:

But teaching self-control to our children is of the utmost importance because it is what On Becoming Preschoolwise calls a base virtue. That is, it is the foundation upon which most other virtues are built. Patience, for example, cannot exist without a honed capacity for self-control because human nature is to desire instant gratification.  One cannot show unrelenting goodness, invariable morality, or consistently respectful speech without possessing dominion over their emotions and impulses. Even when looking at things like factors of learning, good students require the self-control to sit still and listen. The wisest decisions often necessitate the self-control to pause, delay judgement, and avoid rash actions.”

Head over to Twinning Babywise to read up on how to teach your children self-control. For more on this blog on self-control and virtues, see:

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This week, the ladies of the BFBN will all be posting on various topics from the -wise series. You will find the schedule below. NOTE–These links will only be live on or after the day listed. If you click on anything Friday today, it will give you a page error. Don’t worry, I will remind and send you there each day this week: 

  • Monday – How to Correct Your Preteen – Valerie – Chronicles of a Babywise Mom 
  • Monday – How to Solve the “Wise in Their Own Eyes” Problem – Natasha – Let’s Be Brave
  • Tuesday – Kimberly – Intentional Parenting: How Our Beliefs and Goals Shape Our Parenting Decisions – Team Cartwright
  • Tuesday – 5 Ways to Teach Children Kindness – Caitlin – Rogers Party of 5
  • Wednesday – How to Give Instructions to Your Toddler & Achieve Successful Results – Katrina – Mama’s Organized Chaos
  • Thursday – Self-Control is a Base Virtue – Cole – Twinning Babywise
  • Thursday – Temper Tantrums and the Happy Heart Rug – Carrie – Wiley Adventures
  • Friday – How to Teach Your Children Self Control – Emily – The Journey of Parenthood 
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