Who doesn’t like instant gratification? When we want something, we want it now! Unfortunately, sometimes we have to be patient and wait. Waiting can be frustrating for people of any age. For children, waiting is especially hard. Patience is a necessary social skills that must be taught to children and practiced. In this short animation we provide 6 tips to help teach children patience.
Tip 1 Delay gratification. Set a time for a few minutes when a child makes a request. Teach children that reasonable requests will be granted if they are patient and wait for the timer to ring.
Tip 2 Suggest activities to make the wait easier. Fill the time by doing something productive or fun. Read, sing, build, or color a picture.
Tip 3 Praise patience. Use positive reinforcement to help encourage patience.
Tip 4 Be understanding. Have empathy for a child learning patience. Tell the child that you understand that waiting can be hard. In order to teach children patience we, as parents or guardians, need to be aware of where they’re coming from.
Tip 5 Slow down your pace. Create a calm atmosphere. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.” Stay relaxed and calm in times of stress and surround yourself in peace.
Tip 6 Model Patience. Children are smart and perceptive. They read your cues. Rushing them models impatience and can be harsh and angry.
Patience is one of the most important social skills to teach children. It is a necessary skill for maturity. With patience children will be more flexible, take time to solve problems, and think critically. Patience paves the way for a happy and content life.
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