8 Gentle Parenting Phrases That Teach Your Child Patience
written by Hillary Gruener, posted on Word from the Bird
We’ve all been there. Our child is trying to get our attention, but we’re busy with something else. It can be difficult to know what to say at that moment without causing them to throw a fit or feel like their needs aren’t being met. Before you know it you give in because you want to keep the peace. But is that the solution when you desire to teach them patience? Here are some gentle parenting phrases that will help you healthily communicate with your child that you desire to meet their needs, but sometimes your presence is needed elsewhere.
No one wants to disappoint their child. But at the same time, teaching your child patience will be one of the most beneficial assets in your parenting journey.
My younger son, who’s now 3 ½, LOVES to be with me. It doesn’t matter whether I’m sitting on the toilet or cooking meals, he’s there, looking up at me with his big blue eyes, asking me all kinds of questions. And while I thoroughly enjoy this and know for certain I will miss it one day, I can’t always give him my attention one hundred percent of the time. I have myself, another child, a husband, a garden, animals, and a job. You know. Life.
Soon, this became a problem. Why? Because I kept giving in to keep the peace. And when I didn’t, I felt guilty.