How to Grow Self-Control in Your Kids

All of us who are believing parents, want our children to grow up and develop the fruit of self-control. Imparting such self-control to our kids—requires us, as parents, to exercise restraint no matter the situation.

How to Grow Self-Control in Your Kids

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All of us who are believing parents, want our children to grow up and develop the fruit of self-control. Imparting such self-control to our kids—requires us, as parents, to exercise restraint no matter the situation.


In Galatians 5:22-23, Paul promises that we can be endowed with the fruits of the Spirit, including self-control; an important skill to develop and a beautiful blessing to receive. As parents, we can employ certain techniques to model self-control to our children and help them develop this spiritual gift.

Seth Dahl has dedicated his life to revealing God’s love to both parents and young children alike. In this video, he offers practical advice on how to model self-control and deescalate high-level emotions in our children. He paints a scenario where a young child is upset and feeling overwhelmed by their anger.

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“Let’s say our kids are really mad… They come in with their tone of voice [very escalated] … Our kids come in way up here, angry, yelling, ‘DAD! Here’s what just happened!’” It’s natural for a parent to be startled by their child’s high-level emotions and then yell back in response. “We actually come up and meet their tone of voice. And a lot of times we say things like ‘Don’t talk like that!’ or ‘Change your tone of how you’re talking to me.’ We match their [escalated] tone of voice up here, hoping that we can control them.”

Unfortunately, when you meet anger with anger, you usually lose control of the situation. In this video, Seth offers powerful techniques to deescalate the anger of your children and to model self-control in the process. Check it out!


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