Waiting for something or being patient is the most difficult thing for children to do. But, it is a must to inculcate this virtue in children. With this virtue they can take wise decisions when they grow-up and be happy in their life. Read on to find tips for inculcating patience in children.
While patience is a virtue that takes people places, teaching a child to be patient is not an easy feat. At that young age children hardly realize the importance of being patient. In fact they do not even understand why one needs to be patient at all. So, when children want something, they want to have it right away. If refused, what follows is a screaming or crying act that will make not only you but also the people around cringe. So keeping in mind the situation, you need to learn certain tips as a parent of a child who is impatient.
Here are the five best ideas that will help you make the waiting process for your child easier and in turn will also make them understand the importance of patience.
Tell Them a Story
Telling stories is the best way to inculcate morals and values in children. Tell stories that highlight the importance of being patient. If you cannot recollect any story, make stories on your own. Make your child realise that what happened when a particular child could not be patient. Tell your child about the disadvantages of being impatient.
Praise Them for Being Patient
Another very important way of inculcating patience into your children is by praising them whenever they succeed in being patient, even if it is for the smallest time span. Praising boosts their confidence and helps them realize the importance of their actions. So, the more the praises, the better they strive to be. So do not forget to reward them in the simplest ways possible, whenever they act patiently.
What to Do When Children Cannot be Patient?
Here are few things that you can do when your children start losing patience.
Make Your Children Help You
Suppose you have been waiting in a long queue at the departmental store and your turn is still ages away. On top of that you also feel that your child has started becoming jittery. Her patience is slowly thinning out and you can sense that quite well. At this point, ask her to work on something, for example, count all the items that you have put in your shopping basket. Come up with interesting activities for them, so that by the time they even realize that the wait was long, you have already checked out!
Carry Their Favourite Things
What if giving them a task to do does not help? Not to worry because there is another solution. It is very simple; carry their favourite things, like a story book or a toy, jigsaw puzzles, colouring books or anything that can keep your child involved. While you wait, your child will be busy with her favourite things and she would not disturb you until you finish your chores.
Play With Them
Sometimes it is a good idea for you to participate too. Play with them, sing a song with them or talk to them about their favourite things. The more you converse, the less boring it will be for them and before you know it, the wait is over. This is one of the best ways, because not only does it make your child forget how long the wait is but you yourself do not feel bugged as well. So it is a win-win situation.
So now that you have these spells added to your magic wand, try them on your child to ensure that they are patient. Make sure that you follow these tips wherever you need to wait, be it for a short time or longer. Even though not immediately, but after a point your child is sure to catch up. In a few days, your child might even beat you at being patient!
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