Mom, how much longer? Dad, when is it? A baby who has to wait is usually restless himself and takes everyone around him out of calm.
And it’s not that the child does not want to wait. Due to his age, his cognitive skills are still poorly developed. That is, he simply does not know how to cope with the expectation. But we have two good news at once:
- IT IS POSSIBLE TO LEARN TO WAIT. There are various ways to develop self-control, which is so important for the ability to wait.
- For example, classes in the Umnitsa® kit. Controlling the Mind There are tricks that work HOW TO SOOTH A CHILD who can’t wait any longer.
What to do with a child to brighten up the expectation?
- It is better to take a waiting child with any physical activity: it will help to quickly cope with internal stress. Have her put all her stuffed animals on a toy truck and bring them to the kitchen. Or let him help you quickly cope with household chores: wipe the washed fruits with a towel, put napkins and cutlery on the table, sweep the floor. Be sure to praise your child for helping!
- The child does not yet have a sense of time, so visualize it. Give me a watch and explain how long you have to wait. For example: dinner will be ready and it will be possible to go for a walk when the arrow reaches the number … Let the baby follow the arrow. You can even count it down to 60 seconds.
- You can keep your child entertained with a relaxing board game. Give him colorful baby food lids (buttons; pasta mixed with grits, etc.) to sort them out. Or put together a puzzle, Lego. Rate these activities in minutes: “It usually takes you 15 minutes to complete the puzzle — that’s how long it takes me to finish my lunch.”
- Take a break from waiting with a snack. Always have tasty treats on hand: fruit, crackers, marshmallows. Such snacks will occupy the child for some time and will definitely cheer him up.
- Set an example of calm waiting. Do not express negative emotions when someone from the household gathers for too long. Try not to be nervous in other waiting situations: in traffic jams, in queues, waiting for an order in a cafe… The kid will definitely borrow your behavior model.
You will find many other tricks on how to cope with different emotions in the “Clever Girl®. Managing emotions”