Moffitt and a team of researchers studied a group of 1,000 people born in New Zealand in 1972 and 1973, tracking them from birth to age 32. The new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the best evidence yet on the payoff for learning self-discipline early on.

The researchers define self-control as having skills like conscientiousness, self-discipline and perseverance, as well as being able to consider the consequences of actions in making decisions.

The children who struggled with self-control as preschoolers were three times as likely to have problems as young adults. They were more prone to have a criminal record; more likely to be poor or have financial problems; and they were more likely to be single parents.

The direct aims of every exercise of practical life are:

  1. Focus of attention
  2. Control and coordination
  3. Motive of purposeful intent
  4. Integration of mind and body

Practical life exercises offer children as young as three-years old an experience with consequence and the opportunity to self-correct and persevere through error without being corrected while being mindful of others. I’ve been told that you can have an authentic, real Montessori Children’s House with nothing but practical life materials and the kids will turn out great.

I’m So Angry I’m Hungry

Using food as a reward or as a way to calm an agitated child leads to emotional eating as an adult.

A new study suggests there may be a link between the common parenting practice known as emotional feeding, or using food as a means of comforting or rewarding children, and the development later in life of emotional eating, or the habit of eating to comfort or reward oneself.

You Deserve A Break Today

Guess what. Fast food is bad. The thing is, for a very young child, the effects may be long-term and irreversible.

For the study, researchers from Univeristy of Southampton observed 1,107 children from their birth till the age of six. They monitored their bone mineral density (BMD) and bone mineral content (BMC). The data obtained was compared to the number of fast food outlets, supermarkets and healthy specialty stores present in the neighbourhood.

Join The Clean Plate Club

A new study from the University of Minnesota Medical School showed that children and teens are at a higher risk of becoming overweight and/or experience eating disorders when their parents pressure or restrict them to/from eating.

The AMI training told me to set up an environment with healthy food, and then let the children eat it, or not eat it! Kids can in fact learn to regulate their own food intake and appetite, or have a lifelong struggle with it later.

“Rather than restricting or pressuring your child to eat, it is more helpful for parents to make sure that there are a variety of healthy food options in the home, or on the table, for children to eat and then allow the child to decide how much they eat,” said Collins. “The problem with restricting food from a child or pressuring a child to eat more is that prior research has shown that it may have unintended consequences such as, a child becoming overweight or obese, or engaging in disordered eating behaviors such as, binging or purging.”

Sunshine And Mushrooms

Vitamin D is good.

Studying children from the ages of one to five, the study found that higher levels of Vitamin D were associated with lower levels of non-high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which has steadily been implicated as a predictor of future cardiovascular health. Should their findings hold firm, the study authors believe that it could point to “early life interventions for cardiovascular disease prevention.”

Human beings’ two main sources for Vitamin D are sunshine and mushrooms. But mostly sunshine. My AMI trainer told me that the Children’s House needs plenty of natural light.