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Why You Should Be More Patient With Your Child

How To Be More Patient With Your Child

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One thing I’ve seen a lot, is parent losing patience with their kids and punishing them unnecessarily. Their child might have made one little mistake, and the parent’s first reaction is to tell them off or discipline them. But is this the right answer?

While I am a firm believer that behaviour management is essential for raising a well behaved and all rounded child, I also know that kids make mistakes as they go along. Making mistakes is going to happen to everyone, especially to people (Or kids) who haven’t experienced a lot before. If a child drops their ice cream for example, should your first reaction be to tell them off? Or should it be to talk to them about what happened and let them know how they could prevent that happening them next time?

If your first reaction would be to tell your child off, please think about why this may have happened. Did they drop it because they wanted to be naughty, or did it drop because children do naturally drop things sometimes and fall over? You may be upset that they have dropped the ice cream you have paid money for, but I’m sure they didn’t intentionally mean to let it fall. In fact, they are probably more upset about the situation then you. Losing your temper with them over something like this won’t change what’s happened, nor will it help prevent the situation from occurring again. In other words, it won’t help at all.

Patience With Kids Teaches Them To Handle Things Better

You are among the most important people in your child’s life. There is a good chance they will turn out to be like you in many ways, as they will naturally pick up your traits by being around you a lot. If you are always being hot headed and getting angry over small things, there is a good chance that they will also turn out the same. This won’t benefit them in later life, nor will it make them feel any more comfortable with you.

A better idea is to be more understanding and patient with your child. This will allow them to feel more comfortable with approaching you about things, and see you in a more positive light. Most of all, it allows them to experiment, and grow out of being a kid at their own pace.

Why Being Patient With Your Child Is important Conclusion

If you child is misbehaving, fair enough, put them in trouble. If however they are learning and they are making mistakes along the way, try not to get upset. This is all part of life, sometimes people need to make mistakes before they realise what they have done wrong. Encourage the learning from mistakes, but don’t get angry with them for not doing things right the first time. Let them try things out for themselves, and try to be more patient with your child.