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Parenting Skills: Patience

Hey Parents,

Master Ribeiro here to share some great tips on developing PATIENCE.

Having raised two daughters, I know that sometimes it’s not easy to be patient, but what I have found is that “A few seconds can make a BIG difference…”

Sometimes as parents we respond with too much anger, and that can be harmful and cause regression in our child’s behavior.

When you take a few extra seconds before responding to poor behavior, you will make better parenting choices, and ultimately help your child develop better behavior choices.

So how can you foster more PATIENCE as a parent?

I suggest you ‘catch yourself’ when you are about to explode. This does require you to be conscious in the heat of the moment, so be sure to identify your triggers by clarifying when you are most likely to lose your patience.

For example, many parents lose their patience on weekday mornings and/or nights when there are time constraints. Being aware of this when you wake up and then reminding yourself to deploy PATIENCE will help you stay conscious when you, and your child, need it most.

Another suggestion is to develop a plan for how to respond with PATIENCE when your child has poor behavior.

For example, your son spilled milk all over the couch after several warnings about drinking milk in the living room. A common reply would be to yell at your son as you are cleaning up the mess, but your game plan is to calmly work with your son to clean up the mess, and then have a calm talk about drinking his milk in the kitchen and being more careful with his cup.

Notice I mention being ‘calm’ when responding to your child? It does require a lot of self-control on your part. So be sure to take deep breaths, which will give your brain and body the necessary boost of oxygen to remain calm!

Keep in mind, learning to be ‘patient’ with your child will not happen overnight, but can become a habit with time and effort…

Thank you for your attention, and have fun strengthening your relationship with your child/children this week!