Jim Geraghty on delayed gratification and impulse control, with a guest appearance by David Brooks.
I will add that some of the local schools are talking about how to teach impulse control. I will see if any of their thinking is available online.
Finally, at the risk of dislocating my shoulder let me pat myself on the back for recently weaving together obesity, income inequality, our continuing crisis in education, and impulse control:
It would be interesting to hear from Charles Murray, author of "Coming Apart". As I recall, obesity and smoking are inversely correlated with education and income. One might argue that the unifying theme is impulse management and the ability to defer gratification. People who can grasp the long-term benefits of sitting in boring classrooms and saying 'no' to doughnuts may have a general flair for better decision making. Or, maybe fat drunk and stupid is a way to go through life...
SPORTS BUILD CHARACTER: One of the many ways children can learn the benefits of practice, practice, practice is through sports. Moneyball author Michael Lewis had a brilliant piece on life lessons from high school baseball years ago.