Teaching Your Toddler How to Wait

All toddlers have the urge to do what they want—right now. You can help your child develop patience and learn some basics about time and how it works.


If your child asks to play while eating dinner, explain that she has to wait a few minutes until dinner is over. Don’t ask her to be patient for very long, though. If she shows any ability to wait and delay his desire, reward her by allowing her to leave the table to play.

You can teach patience by delaying giving your child what he wants for a few minutes and then giving it to him while thanking him for waiting. Start with a short waiting period and stretch it out, gradually,

Just remember not to ask more from your child than she’s capable of giving.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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