Waiting for Santa – Teaching Kids About Patience

It’s that most wonderful time of the year. The kids are amped up on Halloween candy. They’re stuffed from Thanksgiving dinner and they’re anxiously waiting for Santa. While you’re busy planning the Elf on a Shelf schedule and trying not to lose your ever-loving holiday mind, you’re still handling the day to day household management. How do you do it all? Well, this time of year, we can each be teaching kids about patience and reminding ourselves that slowing down is okay.

Waiting is a foreign concept in today’s digital world. 

Kids are growing up in a fast-paced, technology filled environment where everything is at their fingertips. Your kids literally don’t know what it is to wait for their favorite song to come on the radio (What’s a radio?) or how to rewind a tape to the best part of the movie. And it’s not like we’re using those antiques anymore either.

Need groceries? Order on an app for delivery. Forgot dog food? Check Amazon Prime Now. Want to talk to friends? Check social media or send a text.

Then once a year we drag them all to the mall to find the right gift for Grandpa and all heck breaks loose. No kidding. They’re just not used to it and frankly neither are you.

It’s a balancing act to be patient while the kids are excited about the holidays.

If you take the kids shopping, give them something to do like look for gloves for Grandma. Even though they might be bothering you, at least it’s constructive! When you’re waiting in line with kids, chat about their day, what they’re thankful for, or how your family can help others less fortunate.

The best thing you can do is be a good example to your kids.

Start them off with a short trip to the store, not an entire Saturday at the mall. Get them used to dropping off goodies at your friends’ homes, not attending a five hour holiday party. As they get older, they will be able to adapt to different situations because they’ve been exposed to similar when they were younger.

When it comes to the stress of the holiday season, control what you can control and leave the rest up to others. Teaching kids about patience is as important to their health and well-being as it is to yours.

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