Teaching children to manage their attention and impulses in primary school has a positive long-term effect on their later educational success, suggests a study from the Universities of Zurich and Mainz. Self-regulation, that is, the ability to control attention, emotions and impulses and to pursue individual goals with perseverance, is not a skill we usually associate with young children. However, the school closures caused by the pandemic and the increased use of digital media by children have now demonstrated the importance of these skills, especially for children. Studies show that people who exhibited self-regulation as children have, on average, higher incomes, better health, and greater life satisfaction. They also show that the self-regulatory capacity can already be trained in a targeted manner in childhood.