Self-Control is “doing what is right, even when I don't feel like it.”

Imagine riding in a car that is out of control. It can be frightening and very dangerous! This is also true for people who are out of control. They can hurt themselves and other people.

Self-control is like having steering and brakes in the journey of life. It means saying "no" to some things in order to say "yes" to something better—something that can help you reach your goals!

I Will:

  1. Think before I act.
  2. Control my temper.
  3. Respect others and their belongings.
  4. Sit still and be quiet.
  5. Build healthy habits.

Discussion Starters:

  • Why is it important to do what is right, even when you don't feel like it?
  • What are some healthy habits that can make you a stronger person?
  • Athletes make a lot of sacrifices in order to reach their goals. Can you think of ways athletes show self-control or self-discipline?
  • What could happen to someone who has very little self-control?

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Learn hand motions for the poem and song. Listen to the nature story. Presented by Robert Greenlaw.

Get lyrics to the poem in the Self-Control Curriculum.

Get music for "Choices" in the Songbook & CD set.

Read the full nature story in the Self-Control Curriculum.