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Do your children know how to wait? Teach them to be patient

Do your children know how to wait? Teach them to be patient


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He was walking along the seashore in a maritime area full of fishermen. He saw them calm, patient, with their long fishing rods, waiting for some fish to bite the hook. I do not know for sure, but I estimate that the ages of the fishermen ranged between 40 and 65 years.

Some with more tanned skin, others with a more athletic state. Clearly it is a question of sport fishing in that area, for hobbies, for pleasure. And I thought: surely if I do this same hike again in a few years, the number of fishermen will be much less. Our children will hardly have the serenity for an activity that requires so much patience and waiting.

Today's kids are used to everything being NOW. That they don't have to wait a whole week to see the next episode of their favorite series and they probably don't have to wait until the weekend for a soda or a treat, because in most houses in the developed world, these are things. everyday.

What would those fishermen think with their eyes fixed on the sky or the sea? The waiting time is a time of reflection, of analysis of one's life, of understanding, of establishing priorities, and quieting concerns. Will kids full of activities and used to getting everything now know this feeling? What do they communicate with who they want when they want? In general, it is enough to press a button for things to happen?

Internal time is a human need, even if it is not stipulated in any agenda. Let's try to generate activities at home that make them move away from immediacy and teach them that time management is a virtue.

Some ideas for kids to learn to wait:

1. Use calendars

Don't give them everything they ask for NOW. Tell them: I'm going to buy this for you, but only next week. If you want to know how many days are left, we can make a calendar together and mark the days there. The same so that they learn to count the days until vacations, for classes to start, etc.

2. Cook together

Cooking is an activity that takes time, especially that which requires baking or even time to rise, such as breads and pizzas.

3. Make puzzles

You can make puzzles as a family, but not small ones, but buy a very large and complex one of those that even take several days or weeks to complete. They can dedicate, for example, two hours per weekend to this activity.

4. Make a holiday album

They can propose to make an album of the holidays, then decide each day which are the 3 most significant moments and remember them through photos or small souvenirs or memories, from leaves of a tree, napkins from a restaurant, etc. and then at home to put together a scrapbook in a physical album where even each member of the family can write a few lines. If they are young, parents can write the sentences spoken by the little ones.

5. Board games

Many board games involve people waiting for others to play until their turn. Playing board games with children has among many other advantages, that they are patient with their parents or siblings. If they find it difficult to handle and feel that some people take longer than others, they can buy an hourglass and turn it over each time a new player's turn begins.

It also requires patience on our part, but learning to wait is a lifelong learning.

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