It's Hard To Delay Gratification. Just Ask Cookie Monster

Posted by Laura Dimock on

Ask Cookie Monster to demonstrate self-control? Sounds like the setup to a joke. The blue, furry monster we grew up with was pure id.

But in recent years, Cookie has evolved as Sesame Workshop has sharpened its focus on social and emotional skills. Research shows that at least half a child's success is determined by those skills.

Life Kit: Parenting has been looking at strategies for helping kids learn emotional self-regulation and self-control, so we called in Cookie for help.

Here's what Cookie did to keep his monster hands off those sweets — and what you can help your children do to resist temptation and reach their own goals.
  • Take a deep belly breath.
  • Look in a different direction.
  • Focus on the reason you are waiting — for example, a promise to share the cookie with a friend.
  • Distract yourself — for example, with singing.
  • Talk about something else — say, a book you are reading.

This video is based on a episode of Life Kit's podcast Raising Awesome Kids. For more audio guides on parenting, subscribe in Apple Podcastsor your favorite podcast app.

subscribe to education email updates food blog link image learning blog link living blog link news and information blog link science and technology blog link sports blog link image

Fun activities and projects for kids, educational resources for parents and teachers, and links to SDPB and PBS learning media!

Visit SDPB's Education Site!

Related content from SDPB Radio

Augustana University Partners with Flandreau Indian School for Archival Re-Presentations

Augustana University is partnering with Flandreau Indian School and the Washington Pavilion for a project that...

In the Moment News: June 8-14

In The Moment News is a new podcast recaping news of the week. Find it every Friday afternoon. SDPB's Victoria Wicks...

Outgoing USD School of Education Dean Talks Research and Policy for the Success of Students of Color

During his time as dean of the University of South Dakota's School of Education, Donald Easton-Brooks formed a...

Statewide Teacher Mentoring Program Graduates Second Cohort

The second cohort to complete a state-wide, two-year teaching mentorship program celebrated in Sioux Falls Thursday....

Pierre Teacher Retires After 49 Years

In The Moment ... May 20, 2019 Show 579 Hour 2 Jay Mickelson has been a teacher in the Pierre School District for 49...