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Patience is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.”

It is a huge problem that youths of today can no longer tolerate delay at all. Everybody wants a shortcut to success, and it’s destroying our children.

It doesn’t help matters that we have so many youths who are into internet fraud and make so much illegal money as a result. When they spend this money, other young people look at them and want to be like them. They feel it’s a waste of time to go about money making the right, albeit, longer way.

But what must parents do to instill patience as a virtue in their children? Here are a few things:

TEACH CHILDREN THE NEED FOR HARD WORK AND SAVINGS:

Youths who are not used to working hard will very likely frown upon the idea of working hard for a long time before they make money. You know the Igbo proverb of one not learning to be left-handed in old age.

It is also very difficult for youths who weren’t thought to save from childhood to be able to save patiently until they’ve enough for whatever project they want.

I’ve written before on how to teach your children to save towards something they want. Search through the blog and you will find the story again.

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN THAT ALL THAT GLITTERS ON SOCILA MEDIA IS NOT GOLD:

Ah! Social media! So many youth have lost patience owing to what they saw on social media, especially Instagram where people flaunt the blings, shine and cash.

What children fail to understand and need to be taught is that people rarely post their worst sides on social media; they usually only post their best. Sometimes, even, people do ‘borrowed pose’ just to belong, young people see all these and imagine that everybody is ahead of them, so they lose patience and go after life the fast way.

Parents must teach kids that patience is key as social media is not a true pointer of people’s progress.

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO KEEP THE RIGHT COMPANY:

Friends are more influential in the lives of children than most parents can imagine.

Therefore, parents must screen the sort of friends their children keep to ensure their children are not led into living the life of impatience.

Life na jeje. Children must be thought to remember the days of little steps. Very important.

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