“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” Joyce Meyer
Teaching kids patience is tough, but teaching them to have a good attitude while waiting is even tougher. Let’s face it, adults often have a tough time with this one too, especially in today’s manic world. Think about how you react when you get caught in traffic or in a line-up at the gas station or the grocery store. These hold-ups can be frustrating, but remember that your kids are watching you and YOUR reaction will set the standard for THEIR behavior when they find themselves in a similar situation.
So, instead of getting worked up when you have to wait, take a deep breath and relax, accepting it and making the best of it. If you’re in the car, you could listen to some music, chat with your kids or simply enjoy the sensation of slowing down. If you’re going someplace where there may be a wait, teach your children to bring along a book, pad of paper, or something else to entertain themselves. My Mom always taught me to have a book on hand, just in case (Reader’s Digest is wonderful because it’s small enough to fit into my purse, so I can always have it on hand if I need it).
Life will always present them with opportunities to practice patience so, do your children a favor and teach them acceptance and a ‘make the best of it’ attitude.