As infants, our every need is seen to, so it’s not surprising that when they get older, children find it difficult to wait and be patient. But learning patience is one of the most important lessons a child can learn. As children, we have to wait our turn to play with a toy, or for dinner time. But learning to wait can also save a child’s life. Learning to wait to cross the road safely is a hugely important lesson. So how do you teach a young child to wait? Read on for some ideas …
Always be precise and consistent about what you expect while the child waits. When waiting to cross a road, tell the child to stand away from the edge, look both ways twice before crossing, or look for the road crossing sign.
Make it a game
When your child has to wait, engage with them in a way that makes waiting for a game.
Reward the wait
Don’t bribe the child for waiting or they’ll always expect a reward for ordinary behavior. Rather make what comes after the wait a reward in itself, such as play-time.