Healthy Kids    

Child Behavior: What makes a "great kid"? Part Seven

Internal Discipline - having perseverance and self-control

In one of Dr. Schwartz’s columns in Hudson Valley Parent magazine, he discusses the 10 qualities of “great kids.” Here’s one quality that kids need to develop in order to lead a happy, healthy life while being able to face the challenges of the 21st century. Come back tomorrow for another “great kid” quality!


Internal Discipline (having perseverance and self-control): Great kids are planners; they have internal drive and perseverance. How can you help your child develop that inner voice that tells him to finish his homework because it’s important and not just because he will be punished if he doesn’t finish or rewarded if he does?


Inner discipline is developed by actively encouraging your children to pursue their interests and helping them plan effectively so that their goals can be met. Help your children to be realistic in the achievement of their goals.


Paul Schwartz, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Education at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh. He is available for group speaking engagements. He can be reached at