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Learning to Wait Well
















Most of us find ourselves waiting for one thing or another quite often:  waiting in checkout lines, waiting for appointments, waiting for a friend who is running late, waiting for the phone to ring, the mail to come, the results of a test, the traffic light to switch to green.  Even though it happens a lot, “waiting” probably isn’t on anyone’s list of favorite things to do, and it can be difficult to do it well. 

If we’re having a good day, we can usually wait more patiently and brush off whatever frustration might come with it.  But if we are hungry, tired, ill or otherwise stressed, we may not be able to wait well.  That’s when we may find ourselves crowding and trying to move the line ahead faster, sighing loudly, tapping or drumming our fingers or feet, rolling our eyes, or dropping a snippy comment.

Toddlers and preschool-aged children can struggle with waiting, too. 

Waiting is an important skill to learn, and it can be successful if we prepare young children for the inevitable “waiting” times. Never underestimate the power of being prepared!  Be ready with a repertoire of word games, “I’m thinking of something” riddles, kid songs, finger plays, or a favorite book, toy or snack that is tucked away for just the right moment to buy precious time.   To be able to distract and re-direct a child to a better way can turn waiting times into wonderful times!

For more information on child development and parenting, contact your county Extension office or visit the Children, Family and Finances section of the NDSU Extension Service website at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/cff.   Use search words like “11 Fun Activities,” “Kid songs,” “Bright Beginnings,” and “Father Times.”

Photo Source:  https://pixabay.com/en/people-foot-waiting-line-queue-431943/  (downloaded 4/28/17)

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