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For our daughter, we started by having her be aware of others in conversation. We did this by requiring that if mom or dad are talking and she wants to talk to us, she has to place her hand on our forearm and wait for acknowledgement. The reason is that it requires her to approach us, and it requires her to interact with us silently, and finally it allows ...


I've often wondered if the Stanford Marshmallow Test might be a teachable exercise in self-control: make it a game, and see if she can learn to resist the temptation of the first marshmallow (or whatever treat) in anticipation of a second.

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