This month we will concentrate on the character concept, “patience.” Therefore, our power-chat discussions and activities will aim to help children understand and practice how to wait their turn, take their time, and give others the time and space they need as well.

Watch below as Dr. Robyn Silverman, developer of the Powerful Words program used right here at Sidekicks, explains about patience:

Patience is a simple concept but isn’t an easy character trait to master! For children, it can be especially challenging as, like most people, they don’t like to wait! So to help our children develop patience, we need to have patience. Young children, who are developing “waiting skills,” may not understand the reason they must wait or how much time needs to pass before they get their turn. As children mature, they are able to wait for longer periods of time with more discipline, understanding and of course, more patience.

Patience involves other Powerful Words like empathy, impulse control and respect. It also takes time, practice, and experience. When children learn the rewards that come from waiting, they will be more inclined to be patient. The child that learns that with patience, he can save up his money for something special, earn praise from others for being respectful while waiting for everyone to sit down at the table, and avoid misunderstanding when he hears someone out, will see the clear benefits of waiting. While many might hope for “instant gratification” in life, clearly the prevailing message life sends us is “sometimes you have to wait!”

A recent longitudinal study published this year looked at how early education affects our children’s lives. It turns out there is a profound effect. The researchers examined the life paths of almost 12,000 children. Students who had great teachers in their early years were more likely to go to college, more likely to save money for retirement and earned more money. It could be surmised, according to economists and writers, that good education can impart skills like patience, manners, discipline and perseverance.

Here are the Powerful definitions of patience for this month:

  • Young students: Waiting without complaining.
  • Older students/teens/adults: Waiting without complaining for something that you hope will happen.

During the four weeks of November we will be discussing the following:

  • Week 1: How can I wait for “my turn” and “the right time?”
  • Week 2: How can I wait to learn and grow?
  • Week 3: How can I take the time to understand other people?
  • Week 4: What are the strategies for waiting and rewards for being patient?

As always, one of the best ways to reinforce Powerful Words is by modeling strength of character ourselves. Show and share with your children how you show patience even when it’s challenging.

We thank you for your support. You are pivotal in helping to make our school one of the best Martial Arts and personal development centers in the world.

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