Hand-On Activities to Teach Patience to Children


So you are a parent of a toddler, a preschooler or a primary grader and dream of those peaceful trips to the mall or to the doctors? We often lose our cool when we take our children outside, for say shopping at the mall, at the drop of a hat. In today’s fast-paced world, people have forgotten about keeping their cool, says a senior faculty at one of the best schools in Dwarka Sector 6, Delhi. Being patient has become a rare commodity. Responding patiently and maintaining our cool is a skill that most need to acquire. This is a vital skill that not only we adults but children also need to learn from a young age, advice child psychologist at one of the most popular senior secondary school in Dwarka, Delhi.

There are children who learn to be patient at a very young age; however, not all children are alike. Some need to be trained for a longer time and we cannot expect children to behave in a well- mannered way overnight like adults.

Let us see few activities to teach how to be patient to your child, as explained by tenured faculty of Senior Secondary schools in Dwarka, Delhi:

  • Teach them to wait for their turn to speak:

Do not let them force you into a conversation. Especially, when you are sitting with someone else or in a phone, your little child tends to draw your attention towards them. Teach them that she/he cannot interrupt when you are already speaking to someone. Teach them non-verbal cues or tapping the hand, and you may also tap their hand which will show them that you have acknowledged but will return to them once the call is over, advises senior child psychologist at one of the popular senior secondary schools in Dwarka, Delhi. Make them practice it by role-playing methods.

  • The truest test for your toddler – ‘Finger on your lips’ game:

This is one of the most common and extremely useful tests for your fidgety toddler. Make them practice ‘finger on your lips’ game. It is a good way to tell your children to sit still, be patient while you maintain a timer and monitor them, explains a tenured teacher at one of the best schools in Dwarka, Delhi. This is how they will develop patience.

  • Practice by playing games that involve taking turns:

Involve them in games that require waiting for their turns to perform, while you can set a timer and play with them. Teach them how to gracefully wait till their turn comes, suggest a tenured teacher at one of the senior secondary schools in Dwarka, Delhi. You may maintain time using a clock timer or sand clock. This is one of the very effective strategies for building children’s patience.

The most effective ways are those where you provide them with an environment which is stimulating yet predictable. Make them see and follow the   natural processes, like  a plant flowering or a seed sprouting. Make it interesting for them by advising them to keep a record of its everyday progress. When they eagerly wait for the seed to become a sampling or a flowering plant to wait for the right time and flower, they will develop their skill of patience. Moreover, they will understand that nothing happens overnight, for best things in life they have to wait and work towards it, says a senior faculty of science at one of the best schools in Dwarka, Delhi.Teach them constantly what is expected out of them in various situations. This will ensure acquiring skills like self-control and patience.

All the best!

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