Romans 8:25 NLT

Teaching children patience (1)

Romans 8:25 NLT

Waiting patiently is what life, God, and success demand. Even when we’ve done the right things, God requires us to wait for the results. “You have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise” (Hebrews10:36 NKJV). How do we help our children develop this vitally important life skill? Writer and mother Tammy Darling says: (1) Set clear boundaries. For instance, say, “You may have that when I’ve seen you wait patiently.” Don’t be moved by their demands! (2) Refocus their attention. Waiting in line at the store can be an occasion for impatience. So try a guessing game-like “I Spy”-with younger kids, or get older kids talking about family vacation plans. (3) Teach by example. Do you pass other motorists on the highway just to get one car-length ahead? Impulsively charge something rather than wait until you have the money to buy it? Whether they’re three or thirteen, your children learn by watching you. (4) Avoid constantly saying, “Hurry up!” Toddlers typically dawdle. They’ve no idea how long getting ready takes. So instead of always telling them to hurry, help them learn the process and pace of getting ready. “It’s time to put your toys away…time to get your shoes and socks on…time to put your jacket on.” Instead of frustrating them with commands to hustle, involve them in actions they understand and can handle. This teaches them how to manage time practically.

Soul food: Hos 11-14; Luk 19:11-27; Ps 55:1-11; Prov 8:17-18

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