You know what they say, “Patience is a virtue.” It is also a trait that people are not born with but is a trait that is taught. As you probably already know, preschoolers and patience are not two words that typically go together. Your kiddo is always on the move and is constantly going from one task to another. That is totally okay! Patience is hard for everyone at times, so here are tips to practice patience with your preschooler.
You can’t expect your preschooler to wait 6 months to get that toy that they’ve been wanting right off the bat. The gift of patience doesn’t develop that quickly. Start setting realistic, smaller goals for your little one such as waiting to fill up their milk cup. Your preschooler may get antsy at first, but as time goes on, your kiddo will become more patient. Your little one needs to learn that just because they want something doesn’t mean that they will instantly get it. This lesson will take them a long way in life!
An easy way to teach your child is to go to the local park or play area. There’s a chance that you will have to wait to push him or her on the swing because it’s already occupied. At first, your child may have a hard time understanding the concept of taking turns. After a few trips to the park, your kiddo will learn that it’s completely okay to wait their turn. It’s a part of life, and this is a great first step for teaching them patience!
Waiting for our little ones is hard. It’s important that we teach them why we have to wait. For example, if you’re preschooler is complaining that they are hungry, and they don’t understand why dinner is not already ready. Explain to them that you have to cook the meal, and that isn’t something that you can pick up from a fast food restaurant. Turn little situations like this into a lesson, so that they are more aware of the various processes of our everyday lives.
Teaching patience takes time, but it is so worth it!
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