A Parents' Primer on Patience
Keeping your cool when you have kids
Teaching Your Children Patience
In a world where instant gratification is the order of the day, it is never too early to help your child develop the art of patience. Dr. Marilyn Heins offers the following suggestions:
- Playing board games helps children learn to wait their turn.
- Reading longer books to your child from about age 5 will teach him to wait for the next installment.
- Baking or planting flowers or vegetables teaches patience—your child has to wait for the time between the task and the payoff to pass.
- Saving for a big purchase like a bike helps teach patience as well as the value of money.
- Nature helps to teach patience. Let your child watch the sun come up or sit quietly in the woods and wait for a deer to come by.
And then, on those days when patience seems as likely as a snowman in the Sahara, take heart from the wise counsel of Dr. Gaurendi, who says, “Excellent parents care with intensity, so they feel with intensity, and can react with intensity.”
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