The American Psychological Association’s 2014 report on Stress in America found that lack of willpower was the number one barrier to making meaningful lifestyle changes. According to Steven Breckler, PhD, executive director of APA’s Science Directorate, self-control can be learned and strengthened. If you’re a parent, it’s a lesson you should teach your children now—even if you haven’t mastered it yourself—and the earlier you start, the better.
I had a chance to review a cute book to help children learn self-control. It's Hard to be Good is the first installment in K.J. Hales' Ellie the Wienerdog Life Lessons series. Ellie creates all sorts of trouble, surrounded by temptation, yet still eager to be praised by her owner.
Hales’ inspiration for Ellie the Wienerdog came from her real-life dog, Ellie, who landed in her lap at a pivotal moment, when neither of them knew where their lives would lead. They’ve spent the last nine years saving each other. It's Hard to be Good is Hales' tribute to Ellie, and relays a meaningful message in a relevant, relatable, and adorable way.