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How can I encourage my toddler to be more patient and wait for their turn?

Hello everyone,

I am a mother of a 3-year-old boy and I am having trouble teaching him the concept of waiting for his turn. He gets frustrated and throws tantrums when he has to wait for anything, whether it's waiting for his turn on the swing, waiting for his food to be served, or waiting for me to finish talking on the phone. It's becoming a challenge for me to manage his behavior and I am worried that this may affect his ability to socialize and develop healthy relationships with other children.

I have tried various strategies such as distracting him with a toy or book, engaging him in conversation and explaining the concept of waiting, but nothing seems to work. I am looking for some helpful tips on how to encourage my toddler to be more patient and enjoy waiting for his turn. Any advice or personal experiences are greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance!

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Hi there! I completely understand your struggle as a fellow parent. My son had the same issue at his age, he would get so impatient and would start crying when he couldn't get what he wanted immediately.

One thing that worked for us was using a visual aid. We created a chart using pictures to show him that waiting was a necessary part of our daily routine. So we put a picture of himself waiting at the doctor's office, waiting for his turn to play with his favorite toy, waiting for his meal to cook, and so on. We also included a picture of a happy face next to each waiting activity, which meant he would get to do it soon.

Whenever he would start getting impatient, we would point at the chart and remind him of the waiting happy faces he had to collect. It took a while, but after a few weeks, he started enjoying waiting as he was excited to collect more happy faces.

Another tip that may work is involving him in a cooperative game. This will improve his ability to wait, observe, and encourage his social development. For example, you could play "Red Light, Green Light" or "Simon Says", which are perfect games for practicing patience and listening skills.

I hope these tips help you and your little one. Remember, patience is a virtue that we learn as we grow, so be patient with him as well. Good luck!


Hello everyone!

I totally feel you as a parent with a toddler who struggles with waiting and turn-taking. My son is 3 years old, and we're still figuring it out.

One thing that has worked for us is to present choices to our son that involve waiting. This helps him feel like he has some control over the situation and can prepare himself for the wait. For example, instead of saying, "You have to wait for your turn on the swing," we say, "Do you want to go on the slide before or after your turn on the swing?" This way, he is still waiting, but he's also making a decision, which makes him feel more in control of the situation.

Another thing that worked well for us was using a social story or visual schedule. We would make a simple visual story showing different scenarios where he has to wait or take turns, and we would read it together every day. This helped him understand the concept and made waiting more predictable.

Lastly, we found that playing games that involve waiting helps our son practice patience. Games like "Hot Potato" or "Musical Chairs" have elements of waiting and taking turns that are fun and engaging for him.

I hope these tips based on my personal experience help you with your own toddler's behavior. Remember, every child is different, so it's important to find what works best for your child. Good luck!


Hello there! I feel your struggle as a parent.

I found that reading books about waiting and turn-taking really helped my daughter learn about the concept. We would read stories like "The Duckling Gets a Cookie" and "The Pigeon Needs a Bath". These books were full of opportunities where the characters had to wait for something or take turns. We would discuss the characters' behaviors and what they could have done differently to make the waiting time more fun.

Another tip that worked for us was to reward good behavior. We gave our daughter a reward each time she exhibited patience when she had to wait her turn. The rewards would be small like a sticker or a high-five, but they were enough to motivate her to wait and practice patience.

It's also important to have realistic expectations. At the toddler age, patience is not yet fully developed and tantrums are part of the behavior. So it's crucial to stay calm, be consistent in your behavior, and continue to model patience whenever possible.

I hope these personal experiences help you with your toddler's behavior. Good luck!


Hello! I can definitely relate to your situation as I have a 4-year-old daughter who struggled with waiting for her turn.

One technique that worked for us was to practice a lot of role-playing scenarios where she had to wait for her turn. We would pretend we were playing a game, and I would intentionally go first, even if she wanted to go first. We would then talk about how much fun it was to watch and cheer each other on while we waited our turn.

Another thing that worked well for us was setting up a timer. We would set a timer for a few minutes, and during this time, I would sit down with her, and we would do something fun or chat. We would talk about what we were going to do when the timer went off, and this helped her understand that there was an end to the wait.

Lastly, we found that using "I" statements instead of "you" statements was helpful in managing her behavior. For example, instead of saying, "You need to wait your turn," I would say, "I like it when people take turns. Let's wait together."

I hope these personal experiences help, as they have certainly helped us with our daughter's patience and behavior. Good luck!


Hey there! I can totally relate to your situation.

My daughter used to struggle with being patient when she was around 3 years old. We tried a lot of different strategies to teach her how to wait and have some patience, but nothing seemed to work. Then, one day, we decided to try something different.

We introduced her to the concept of delayed gratification. We would begin by doing small things like waiting for her bubbles to blow up or waiting for her food to cook. We would then gradually increase the amount of time she had to wait. This approach slowly helped her to understand that it was OK to wait and that waiting can actually be fun.

We would also praise her whenever she showed some patience. Simple encouragements like "Great job waiting! You're such a good girl!" and high-fives went a long way in reaffirming the behavior we wanted to encourage.

My final tip would be to try to model patience yourself. Show how you're embracing an attitude of patience when you're with your toddler, and they will pick up on this habit by watching you.

Hope this helps. Good luck!


Hi everyone,

I have a three-year-old daughter who also struggles with waiting and taking turns. One thing that has worked for us is to use positive reinforcement. We try to catch her being patient and praise her for it. Instead of telling her what she did wrong, we focus on the behavior we want to see, giving her the motivation to continue with this positive behavior.

Something else that has worked for us is to create a routine around waiting, and then to stick to it. For example, if we're at the park and she wants to use the swing, we acknowledge her request and then tell her that she needs to wait her turn. We then explain that, while she waits, she can play with something else or do another activity until it's her turn. Doing this helps her understand that waiting is simply part of the process and that there are other things she can do while waiting her turn.

Lastly, we try to make the waiting process as fun as possible. We sing songs or play games while we're waiting, and this takes our daughter's mind off the waiting time.

I hope these tips help! Every child is different, and it can take time to find the right approach. The key is to stay consistent and positive. Good luck!

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