Patience and mindfulness with children

Patience Patrol

childhood development mindset parenting patience values Mar 21, 2021
“Patience is the art of concealing your impatience.” ~Guy Kawasaki
This quote makes me have a quiet chuckle, because sometimes impatience rears its head for us to check in with our patience. 
Practice makes progress, right?  The motto practice makes progress is growth mindset in action, but it can only happen through harnessing your patience, encouragement, support, tolerance and acceptance. 
Driving you crazy that the kids are taking forever to tie their shoes when you could do it in a quick, confident and effective10 seconds flat for them? But then what? What would that create long term? So, put on an encouraging attitude – and a red-hot tip for adding a touch of patience, you better make sure your toe is not tapping and your arms are not crossed 😊. Patience is seen in our presence. Sometimes we need say not a word and our patience or impatience is felt.
Patience is what brings the ability to create a learning environment that encourages mistakes as okay, because that's how we learn. Patience brings a calm learning and living environment, an environment where a child's brain feels safe and secure, no matter what. 
Creating harmony every day!⁠
Harmony Card - Patience⁠
I am calm while waiting⁠.
I understand that some things take time⁠.
I am careful not to rush⁠.
I listen calmly before acting.⁠
⁠How do you choose Patience?⁠
For Parents
We all know, and I can say a globally WE, because we know that it’s quicker for us to do stuff short term and right in that moment. With patience think of it as your BFF in helping you to encourage and support your child to keep going in learning and mastering the skill you are working on. It could be making their own breakfast, pouring a glass of milk, putting on their shoes. It’s all in the tone and body language when it comes to offering up the gift of your patience. Think long term gain and staying calm and connected to your child while doing so.
For Educators
How is your tone? What is your body language looking like when you start feeling agitated and annoyed if the class is not listening or engaged in what you want them to be doing? Tune into your tone and body language they are key indicators of your patience and tolerance levels. Once you lose your patience your energy levels can suffer and if this happens more than enough times your wellbeing and your passion for what you are doing can suffer. Not to mention a ripple of disconnected relationships along the way. Keeping neutral in your voice and using a firm but respectful tone when you need to can be just the patience the children and you need to stay engaged and connected.
⁠Kerry x⁠
Kids in Harmony⁠
Wellbeing Educator⁠
Behaviour Support Coach⁠

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