Patience Is A Virtue

September 19, 2008

Patience at Home

Need a few quality tips on developing and exemplifying patience? Our research has brought us a few keys pointers on teaching children the value of patience.

Slow Down – Too often we are all moving so quickly that we become disinterested in taking the time to wait. Taking a moment to count your blessings and make plans for the future will keep you on track. Extend this ‘Patience Moment’ to your kids by making a “wish list” filled with things they can work towards.

The New Timeout – When a child acts out because they cannot get what they want, take them to a quiet place and direct them to think about why they cannot have it, right now. Plus have them think about constructive ways they can earn what they want.

Keep Promises – A deal is a deal, even in parenting. If you tell your child that they will be rewarded for doing chores or completing homework, always without fail, keep your promise. We are motivated by trust in the fact that we will be rewarded for our hard work. You expect this at work and from your spouse; your kids expect the same from you. .

Stay Cool – If you have a short fuse you will undoubtedly teach children to do the same. Find a way to cool off if you get angry and use this method with your children. Count to 10, breathe and think of a happy place. We all think better with a clear head..

Praise Patience – Focus on the positive and reward your child’s efforts to be patient. This is a lifetime process and they will need all the encouragement they can get. It is a wonderful feeling to know that your parents noticed your extra effort; a little praise goes a long way.

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3 Responses to “Patience Is A Virtue”

  1. Beverly said

    Hi Lisa,
    I just discovered the WE magazine list of “101 Bloggers to Watch” today & Heidi said to tell you she sent me. Our children are grown now, but I remember well a song we used to sing about “Have Patience, Have Patience, Don’t be in such a hurry. We you get impatient, you only start to worry…”
    Your blog is beautiful, your purpose is vital. I’ll be back!

  2. Beverly,
    So glad you stopped by, and thank you for your kind words! What a cute song you sang with your children. Do you recall who sang it? A song like that would be a great reminder to children, and adults alike, to have patience, as this virtue can be tough to remember to practice!
    Take care,
    Lisa

  3. Beverly said

    Lisa, Looks like I’m not the only one that remembers this song well…. I Googled “Bullfrogs and Butterflies CD, Have Patience” and the first listing that popped up read “here is a cd called Bullfrogs & Butterflies that is a lot of fun. … my oldest one grew up with the record and the tune of “have patience” ;-)”. Amazon sells it. It looks like it’s Music Machine: The Fruit of the Spirit by Bridgestone Kids (Artist). Thanks for stirring up great memories for me. Glad to know I can buy this for my future grandchildren.

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