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Kids with self-control will lead happier, more successful lives

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Instilling self-control in your children will help them be happier, more successful adults, according to a new study.

The 32-year study followed 1,000 children in New Zealand since birth and measured their ability to handle frustration, stick to a task, wait their turn, and think before acting.

Those with the lowest self-control scores were significantly more likely to have chronic health problems, be addicted to alcohol or drugs, have difficulty managing money, or have a criminal record.

The data showed differences in self-control began to emerge as young as three, and very few children were able to break the pattern and improve their impulsivity over time.

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