The ability to wait patiently for something you desire, without getting upset is a very valuable character trait. Personally, I think everyone in today’s society could use a few pounds of patience- especially as I wait in lines at the grocery store, hear horns beeping on the street, and listen to customer service reps on the other end of the line- rush you through why you’ve called. Patience is missing in our world today, but that’s enough about that…
Character Traits are great vocab lessons for young children, who need guidance when it comes to what behavior is considered appropriate and what is not. I remember having a character trait of the month when I was in school- and honestly it probably should have been more like ‘of the week’ because we could have learned so much more- but anyway, it was helpful so I like to do it with my kiddos in our Roadschool!
I can’t say I do it all the time.I’m just not that organized and routines make me feel contained, so I just pick a word when I feel like its necessary, like when my family could use a lesson in it and go from there. Roadschooling, Life learning or homeschooling, in general, allows for this type of spontaneous, spur of the moment type of planning- I thrive in. We don’t have to have it penciled into our planner, we don’t have to even report it as a lesson- we just do it because it makes sense and its something we need at the time.
This week our character trait will be patience.
As a mother of four, two of which are rambunctious 5-year-old twins, I could use a lesson in this trait myself. Sometimes I’m full of patience and other times I can’t find an ounce of it anywhere.
There are many times each day when our patience is being tested and for some, myself included, these times can be the most trying than we would like.
Here are some examples of us using our patience:
- Patiently waiting for your turn in the bathroom.
- Patiently waiting for your breakfast to be ready.
- Being patient while your sister catches up on her bicycle.
- Patiently waiting for your turn on the slide.
- Patiently waiting for your dog to use the bathroom, on your second trip around the campground.
- Patiently waiting in line, to buy your tickets at the Museum.
- Patiently wait for your beautiful painting to dry.
- Patiently waiting for the kids to get dressed so we can go grocery shopping.
- Patiently waiting for our electronics to charge.
- Patiently explaining today’s lesson.
- Being patient as you reinforce today’s lessons.
- Patiently teaching someone to write letters & numbers.
Patience really is a virtue! It just teaches you to think outside of your immediate needs and wants, and for my kids that’s something I want them to learn. First, of course they need to realize what need is vs. a want. Once they’ve mastered that- we need learn to be patient and adjust our time expectations. Not everything is immediate and not everything takes a long tiime to come to fruition, but with everything if we have patience it will come at the exact time it’s meant to.