4 Ways to Teach Patience

4 Ways to Teach Patience to Your Kids

This quick answer is about patience and how to teach it to children.

Surely, patience is something that must be taught. And children are naturally IM-patient because their thoughts and hearts are rapid fire; they expect instant gratification, and they are always ready to push the panic button. I recommend a four point strategy, although these four points do not have to be taught in one sitting, as children may not have the patience for it! So, a conversation about this can be an ongoing four part series for mothers.

The first point in teaching patience is to use examples from the Bible. The teaching here is that all good things involve a process. This is illustrated, for example, by using the biblical analogy of running a marathon as in Hebrews 12, and how it takes perseverance to finish the race. Another is using the biblical analogy of Olympic training as in 1 Corinthians 9:24b which shows it takes time and effort. Furthermore, using life examples from the Bible is another tool. For example, citing Abraham who had to wait years before God’s promises were given to him, and showing how Joseph’s life had so many twists and turns before God’s plan was realized. Even the entire nation of Israel had to wait 431 years before they were delivered out of Egypt. These and many more, teach that all things will work out in God’s time.

The second point is to use examples from life in general. Once the biblical principles are established, real life  examples are needed to reinforce Scripture and make it real for children. Think of everyday things they see and can understand with the goal being to find things that are easily understood so that the biblical principles are clear. Another example can be talking about how constructing a large building includes the many details including all the time and effort it takes to complete it. Remind children of how their favorite sports team, or other organizations such as music groups, orchestra, band, choral, drama groups, or any team takes time and work to realize their goals.

Point three is to use examples from the child’s life and his own growth. These are lessons of life that are learned over a period of time. Ask them to come up with examples from their own experiences, while giving them time to think and to apply the examples and how each one has demonstrated patience. Encourage children to think of experiences where there were setbacks, unexpected twists and turns, and how those times required a regrouping, re-evaluation and time. Confirm with them that this is the process of life and that many good things in their own life require time to unfold.

And finally, use examples from your own life, examples from the time when you were their age. Those examples hit home better than examples from your present life. Of course, your present life can be an illustration as well. And don’t be afraid to share the mistakes you made because it makes the conversation much more real for them and shows them how God is real in your life.

To recap the four points: l. Share examples from the Bible 2. Share examples for life in general. 3. Share examples from their own life. 4. Share examples from your own life. When you do, you have shared in your children’s experiences and have encouraged them to patiently live for Christ.

 

This devotion is an excerpt from a mother’s devotion, click >  Hot Tea with Honey

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