Delayed Gratification

Studies have shown that a child’s ability to tolerate delayed gratification is a significant predictor of success in life. Having the ability to control oneself and put off immediate rewards for greater ones in the future has a definite advantage in our modern world. Unfortunately, more than ever, children are frequently exposed to situations that work against the development of this ability. With constant entertainment at their fingertips, children have much fewer opportunities to grow in this area than they have in the past.

Childhood Attachment

Our interactions with our caregivers as children have a significant impact on the the people we grow to become. As infants, we are vulnerable and completely dependent on our caretakers. If they are warm, caring, and meet our needs, then we thrive. When they are not, we develop unhealthy attachment styles. In the absence of therapy and/or healthy, reparative relationships, we carry these attachment styles with us throughout our lives. In this way, our early interactions with our caregivers affect how we view and interact with the world as adults.

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