One of the best ways to teach persistence is to TALK through a problem together.
Think of times during the day you face a problem, and engage in your child in coming up with solutions. See if you can TALK through a problem once a day this week.
Here are some examples of everyday problems to inspire your conversation:
Traffic Jams & Detours
“Mommy usually takes this road but it’s closed. We’ll have to find another road to use. Maybe this road will work instead.”
Missing an Ingredient for Dinner
“We’re out of tomato sauce. I guess we can’t make spaghetti. But look! We have white sauce. Do you think that would work?”
Changing Plans Due to Weather
“It’s raining too much to go to the park today. Is there something else we could do to have fun? Or maybe we could put on our rain coat and boots and go jump in puddles!”
“Uh oh! The movie already started. If we leave now we won’t make it in time for the very beginning. That’s okay – we can still go and we’ll just miss the previews.
Even if your child isn’t talking yet, thinking out loud is a great way to talk with your baby. Talking together is an important part of their language development.
Activities by Age
0-6 Months – Repeating Action
6-12 Months – This Goes With That
12-18 Months – Nesting Cups
18-24 Months – Matching Objects
24-30 Months – Just “One”
30-36 Months – Learning to Sort Shapes
36-42 Months – Lotto Games
42-48 Months – Greenhouse Effect
48-52 Months – Animal Habitat Sorting
54-60 Months – Board Games