Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school teacher, principal, and teacher evaluator, who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help parents and educators to do the same!
We live in such a fast paced world, how is it possible to teach our children patience when we don’t have them ourselves? Have you found yourself feeling at the end of your rope when dealing with young children? Parents and teachers alike are the key role models in all children’s’ lives. It is our job to Remain Calm and Carry On.
Children are like small magnets that pick up everything they see and hear. It is our job as adults to be the best role models possible. Model the best way to stay calm in various situations. Try not to over react. Keep an even tone voice.
When you raise your voice it teaches children to do the same. And if you do it frequently, children learn quickly how to tune you out. When you are feeling frustrated, tell your child and explain that you may need a time out. And remember to take deep breaths.
Young children need to be taught the difference between having good and bad patients. That being said, research shows that a child’s ability to control impulses and delay gratifications is highly predictive of a child’s future academic success.
Without the skills and ability to be patient, children may have a difficult time listening, attending to instruction, and learning.
Some ways to teach patience and self control are to play games that reinforce expectations; stop and go, loud and soft, whisper and shout. Use music and songs like the Hokey Pokey to help with these skills. It is possible to make waiting concrete by using a kitchen timer.
I have learned over the years that what children need most is a predictable environment where they know the rules and expectations along with consequences. Children want structure along with being loved.
Please know that I am here to help YOU! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blessings until next time,
Dawn Young Ed.S Author & Motivational Speaker