3 Summer Activities that Teach Kids Patience and Perseverance
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Learning to Swim
Learning to swim or mastering a swimming technique can be extremely challenging for any child. The fear of drowning is naturally a hurdle for any beginning swimmer, and may also impact a child who needs to master jumping or diving into the pool. For parents, helping a child overcome this fear can seem like a monumental task, especially when a child cries, throws tantrums, or downright refuses to even try. In this situation, it is you who must be patient. Helping your child work through this significant fear is not just about swimming. It will teach her that she has the ability to persevere and achieve success even in those areas of life that may seem insurmountable.
Playing outside is the hallmark of summer as far as parents are concerned. We want our child to appreciate and savor every minute of the beautiful weather. However, perhaps you are one of the many parents met with arguments by a child who would much rather spend the summer watching TV or playing video games on the computer. When the nagging for screen time begins, please, please resist the urge to give in simply because it's the path of least resistance. Encouraging your child to play, without having media as a crutch, will give your him or her the opportunity to temporarily inhabit a calmer, less frenetic world. He will develop the patience to tap into his inner creativity. She will learn how to persevere and become terrific at any number of skills -- bike riding, searching for worms, swinging as high as possible, or packing the perfect picnic lunch. And isn't that what summer is all about?
Dr. Susan Bartell is a nationally recognized child psychologist, speaker, and award-winning author. Her latest book is "The Top 50 Questions Kids Ask."