Access to nature can have many positive effects on a child's health and well-being. One of the effects is on how a child develops a since of self-discipline. Below is a copy of the "Health Benefits to Children from Contact with the Outdoors and Nature," plus excerpts from an article produced by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department that cites the important role that nature plays in developing a child's self-discipline.
This study focuses on the positive benefits to inner city youth, particularly girls, from access to green spaces for play. Even a view of green settings enhances peace, self-control, and self-discipline. While the results are most notable for girls, the evidence is not limited to the positive impact on girls. (Original Research)
Taylor, Andrea Faber; Frances E. Kuo; and William C. Sullivan. "Views of Nature and Self-Discipline: Evidence from Inner City Children." In the Journal of Environmental Psychology, 21, 2001. © 2001 Academic Press. Available on the Web site of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, at www.lhhl.uiuc.edu.
Increased time in nature makes one nicer, enhances social interactions and more.
Study: Weinstein, N., Przybylski, A. K., & Ryan, R. M. (2009). “Can nature make us more caring? Effects of immersion in nature on intrinsic aspirations and generosity.” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1315-1329.