Learning to read is not easy. It takes patience, persistence, and focus.
At some point you might find yourself helping your child sound out words. Some will come easy, others not so much. You might hear him yell “I can’t do it!” or see him slam the book shut.
She may get frustrated. Or simply bored. It’s all completely normal!
Persistence means being able to find new ways to reach your goal when you’re stuck or facing an unexpected challenge. And whether your daughter is 4 years old or 4 months old that’s a skill you can help her learn now! One day that persistence will give your child the strength they need to conquer a new word, a new favorite book, or new lesson at school.
Here are some ways you can help your child practice persistence.
- When your child struggles or seems frustrated, provide encouragement to try a different way.
- Praise your child when they accomplish a difficult task. Your kind words are rewarding and inspire them to try again.
- Read books that celebrate characters who problem-solve and persevere.
- Model problem-solving when your plans fall apart. Even young babies are more likely to persist when they see adults pushing through a problem.
- Remember that persistence and stubbornness often go hand-in-hand! Check out this page for parenting tips on how to help your persistent child when frustration sets in.
- Give your child small tasks that challenge them and let them work through it, with your encouragement, at their own pace. It’s okay if they don’t succeed! The important part is they tried.
Learn more about Sticking to It, and how we can model persistence for our little ones!