Educate in values. Patience

Educate in values. Patience

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Patience is one of the most difficult lessons to teach children, and it is that in addition to being impatient by nature and wanting something immediately, children do not understand the concept of time. For them five minutes, an hour or a while, it is an abstract concept that they do not understand, therefore they insist again and again until they get what they are claiming.

In this way, and worth the redundancy, to educate in patience, parents have to be patient. Some educational guidelines and methods will help us in this task.

The degree of maturity of the child is important in getting them to be patient. A child in early childhood education, with a high level of selfishness and the need to focus all attention on him, will cost more. In any case, it is important from the first stages and with love teach the value of patience to children:

1. The example of parents is essential. If we lose our nerves in the face of a small traffic jam, express how much it bothers us to wait in line at a store or interrupt others when they speak, we cannot expect our children to behave with patience in day-to-day situations.

2. When the child interrupts us while we speak or he expects us to stop any activity to attend to him, we must remain calm and once we have finished what we do, dialogue with him so that he understands why and in what situations he has to wait. If at this moment, we yell or scold him and then do not try to clarify why he has to be patient, his behavior can hardly change.

3. To teach him to be patient we can start with wait for a moment before solving a problem, as long as it is not an emergency, so you understand that we will not rush every time you call.

4. If we want the child to wait, it is more beneficial to use concrete rather than abstract examples. That is, avoid saying 'in five minutes' and use 'when you pick up the toys' or 'when we finish dinner' so you can understand how long it will take.

5. If we know that we will have to wait in places like the doctor's office or a car trip, let's bring games, stories or activities so that the child does not have to wait so long.

6. Board games with several participants or team sports will help you understand that you have to wait your turn or that you have a role within the group and you have to wait for the right moment to put it into practice.

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