Reading has a calming affect on our household. I often remember a technique I read that was used in a classroom –
We’ve used this technique during “off” days, during long car trips, while visiting folk, and even just for the fun of it! Give it a try!
A few months ago when we were studying the trait of Patience we discussed using our spare time wisely. I divided spare time into two different categories –
- Our free time – when no one has any expectations on us
- Our waiting time – when we are waiting for someone/something.
Reading books is the number one activity in our house when we are waiting. Before we established reading as our “waiting” activity I would come back ready to help someone who had been waiting for me, only to find that they were off in another room or even outside. They thought they were being patient, using their time wisely but in reality their choice was a distraction. Reading can absorb their attention but at least their bodies are where you want them to be!
Taken from Live life with your Kids Newsletter #68