Parenting Child Psychology and Behaviour

How to delay gratification in children

Richa Aggarwal
1 to 3 years

Created by Richa Aggarwal
Updated on Sep 21, 2020

Reviewed by Expert panel

Delayed gratification is the process when your child learns to resist the temptation of an immediate reward in preference for a later reward. Delayed Gratification can make children learn skills like patience, impulse control, self-control and willpower. Parents, teachers and friends and family members can play a key role in teaching self-control to children. It is important to teach our children to tame their impulses to help them become competent, successful humans. Learning to control impulses means being able to pause and figure out whether a purchase is really worthwhile. It means teaching children how to take care of themselves. It teaches children an important life skill and that is knowing how to handle money.

You can delay gratification and teach self control by simple ways

Help your child create a plan and set goals

Teach them the art of prioritizing. Teach them to tackle the most important things first.

Acknowledge and celebrate when a goal is reached

Teach children why and how to save money.

Teach them positive self-talk.


Also, you should start slow and small. Make your new habit an easy one so you can start well and stick to it.

Too much reliance on Instant gratification behaviors can lead to problems. It can distract from more meaningful pursuits. 

Watch this as Psychologist Richa Aggarwal talks about how to delay gratification in children.

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