Dr Richard C. Woolfson
Patience is often in short supply with your child – whatever it is that he wants, he wants it now.
He’s not just impatient with you, he’s also impatient with himself.
You’ve probably observed your child trying to complete his homework, but reaching a point where he can’t manage and then impatiently giving up.
For him to be patient, he has to have these personal characteristics:
A child who is able to look ahead to the future is more likely to have patience. He can see that a long-term goal is worth waiting for, and that if he isn’t prepared to wait, he won’t achieve it at all.
If his temper is on a short fuse and his anger is easily triggered, then he will have very little patience when things go wrong.
One of the reasons your child is sometimes impatient is his lack of self-confidence. He has to have belief in his ability to achieve what he wants, or he won’t be prepared to wait.