Patience is certainly a virtue that everyone should have, animals not excluded.  Not only do animals need to be patient in hunting for food, they need to have patience when being hunted!

Patience is having the ability to withstand long periods of waiting without losing interest or focus.  It also means enduring discomfort or disturbances without complaining or getting angry.  Patience goes hand in hand with perseverance and determination.  Patience is a fruit of the spirit: a characteristic of a life living for God.  A few examples of patience found in the Thornton W. Burgess books include:

  • The Adventures of Grandfather Frog (Chapter 4): Longlegs the Heron waits for his chance to eat Grandfather Frog
  • The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel (Chapter 15): Farmer Brown’s Boy takes his time making friends with Chatterer.
  • Old Mother West Wind (Chapter 7): Jimmy Skunk has patience searching for beetles.

Teaching kids to have patience will take patience!  One of the best ways to teach is by example.  When waiting in a long line, play a game with your child.  This helps them focus on something fun instead of complaining about the wait time.  Be careful about what you say and how you say it: adults who whine and complain within earshot of children will hear similar words when a difficult situation is upon the child.  Delayed gratification helps children understand that we can’t always get what we want in life immediately and will produce a heart of gratitude once the object is obtained or the wait is over.

Books on Patience

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Below we’ve listed activities, links, and books that will help teach the character trait of patience. We’ve also included several books as teacher/parent helps on this subject.

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Patience Books

Patience Help