“And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14 NIV
One of the times my children struggle with patience is when I am making food for them. Suddenly, they are nipping at my heels. “I’m hungry!” “I want…” are among their many pleas. Today, I decided to train during that time, and what I did was simple. I had them go get their little red chairs and sit in the kitchen with me. They were not allowed to ask for anything or move from their chairs. They were to just sit there with patience. I set the timer for the amount of time I thought it would take me to finish up their meal. They did really well with it. I know other friends who have their kids just practice sitting for a set amount of time. I think it’s a really good lesson in patience to just learn to sit and be. I know that I’m not good at it, so maybe I should set a timer for myself.