How Do You Teach Your Kids Delayed Gratification?

For two days now, we have been attempting to go to s&r but it rained. Today was worse because it started to pour when we were almost ready to leave. Sophia was so disappointed she started to cry.

I have to admit I do not like to be in situations such as this one. It is not the crying per se (she could cry the whole day and I could just ignore it), but the effect it has on my mood and it makes my patience thinner.

I had to think and act fast. I usually go to s&r shaw with a friend because it is nearer. Then I thought of bringing Sophia too, so I figured it would be better to visit the BGC store. We can go to the park and she can run around while she still can (with the new covid variant, who knows, we might go back to ECQ again or something).

While she was crying, I took a deep breath to clear my head. I explained to her we can still go, but just to the grocery store. If she can wait until the weather cooperates, then she can play outside, too. I saw her weighing her options, I always try to give her a few so she gets used to making decisions. She was taking so long and patience is not one of my (many) virtues. I kind of “cheated” a little and made the deal sweeter for her by bribing to take her to Jollibee (I was hungry and there was no food since we were supposed to eat out). She happily agreed. I reminded her how good she was at the marshmallow (chocolate almond) test and how this is very similar to that.

On a side note, I did not like the new chicken wich. I have been seeing good reviews about it so I was excited to try. Maybe it was another case of great expectations for me, but I sure was not satisfied. Next time, I’m going back to my good ol’ jolly hotdog.

Disappoint them sometimes and show them it is part of life but they can choose not to let it ruin their day. And if they are patient enough, they might get more than what they had hoped for.

#ToABetterSarah #RaisingSophia

Happy kid!

3 Comments

  1. Sadje says:

    I admire how your teaching her life skills.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, means a lot to me. Being a single parent is not easy, but I really try.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome. My daughter is a single parent and I fully understand how tough this job is.

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