Teaching kids to delay immediate gratification

The need for immediate gratification affects tendencies of violence toward others and themselves.

January 5, 2017 16:57

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This has been a difficult time in Jerusalem. Two recent suicides of young adults and the murder of a 16-year-old boy by a friend. Parents often blame themselves for choices their children make. Such is often the case in suicide. We see our kids struggling with depression, take them to countless professionals, try to open our lines of communication with them, but often nothing seems to work.

Those who have read the book His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina have learned about Danielle Steel’s son who struggled with depression. A talented musician, at the age of 19 he took his own life. His mother gave him all of her focused attention from the day he was born. She went to every length to try to bring him joy, support his endeavors and protect him. She even hired a 24-hour bodyguard to keep him safe from himself.


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