Refer Carefully to Time

Children develop a very warped sense of time because of the phrases that they hear.

“Do you have a minute?” Be warned, they will not be taking a minute.

“This will only take a second.” lie.

“I’ll be back in 5 minutes.” another lie.

Stop lying to your children. It develops a false sense of security in them and lack of trust towards you. Be generous with the truth; children will grow to trust you, and believe you, and like you.

Allow Them Time

“Hurry up. Hurry up! HURRY UP!” How many times have you heard this? Said this? Shouted this? More than once? Children need time to dress, walk, eat, bath, think; give them that time.

Say, “Take your time.” instead because no matter what you say, they will still take the same amount of time. “Take your time, we are not in a hurry.” “Take your time, slow and steady wins the race.” Rushing people almost always makes them feel frustrated, flustered, or angry.

“I have the rest of my life.”