Over the next few weeks, our Heartworks families will be invited to participate in an online survey. Heartworks Shelburne teacher Rachel Franz, also a M.Ed. candidate at Champlain College, is working on research that seeks to discover ways that parents, guardians, and teachers of preschoolers can promote a skill called "delay of gratification." Delay of gratification, often associated with self-control, patience, and work ethic, is a critical ability that is correlated with children's academic, social, and financial success later in life. The term refers to a person's ability to resist temptation or impulse for something, which often leads to a greater reward in the future. The goal of the research is to help identify and share strategies that might work for supporting children as they develop the ability to delay gratification. The survey will be sent out via e-mail shortly and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Please keep an eye out for an e-mail from your School Director with the link to the survey. Thank you in advance for helping Rachel with her research and for sharing your perspectives about this important topic.