Teaching Toddlers: Developing Patience in Your Kids

Ivy Prep Team on November 30, 2018

Patience is a virtue! We’ve all heard the well-known saying. Most of the time, people use it as a way to remind us to calm down, to wait, and to be patient. We certainly live in an age of instant gratification and immediate results. But, with or without that, it seems that humans have a general sense of impatience. We like to have things done as soon as possible. But, being impatient is usually a harmful characteristic to display. Many parents often see this negative quality in their kids. It’s not uncommon to see little ones lacking in the area of patience. And, if you’re the parent of a toddler, you’ve probably seen just how impatient our young ones can be sometimes! But don’t worry; you can definitely help them to improve in this area. Teaching toddlers about patience is not the easiest task. But, it’s necessary and extremely rewarding!

About Patience and Its Importance

So, what exactly does it mean to be patient? Well, patience is defined as the ability to tolerate a delay without becoming angry or upset. Being patient means accepting the fact that a process will take a little longer than you might have thought. So, imagine that your toddler is asking for some juice to drink while she eats her snack. You’re busy cooking dinner, so, your hands aren’t free right now. You have a hot pan on the stove and can’t leave it unattended while you walk to the refrigerator. You ask your child to wait for just a minute or two, just until you can make it over to the fridge. She agrees to sit quietly and wait until you’re able to fulfill his initial request for a cup of juice. Your child doesn’t get angry because of the delay. Instead, she just simply waits. That is patience!

Now, like most parents, perhaps you have seen something like this a few times. But, in many cases, your child has probably felt very unhappy about waiting for you to finish your tasks before getting what he or she wants. Sometimes, it can become overwhelming for you because you may not always be able to carry out your kids’ requests right away. Teaching toddlers about patience may not always be easy. But, as your little one learns about the importance of being patient, he or she will be able to use this skill in other situations as time goes on. And, as your children grow older, patience will be a normal characteristic in their life!

Teaching Toddlers About Patience

Let’s talk about a few things you can do in order to help your child to develop patience. First and foremost, when teaching toddlers about patience, you have to lead by example. Be patient with your little ones as they learn how to improve their behavior. Try to remember that it’s not always easy for them to understand what’s going on. They need your help. So, be sure to practice patience as you guide your little ones! Secondly, help your little ones to enjoy patience. It seems strange because no one really likes to wait. But, through games and fun activities, your kids may come to enjoy the process of waiting their turn. Games can encourage them to wait on and share with one another. For instance, a playground slide can help kids to work on taking turns and waiting patiently. Each child can have a turn at using the slide. When it’s finally the child’s turn, they get the rewarding chance to enjoy the slide!

Thirdly, make sure your kids know how much you appreciate their attempts to show patience whenever they do so. Finally, be sure your little ones are always in an environment that can help them in every area of their lives! Here at Ivy Prep Early Learning Academy, we work to help encourage growth and development in each way possible! Through our learning programs and activities, your kids can enjoy their time as they learn and develop new skills alongside their peers. If you’re interested in our services, just call us today!


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