What you need
Several note cards and a writing utensil
What You Do
Sit down with your child. Ask them to name a few situations when it feels difficult for them to wait. Then, think of a few of your own. Write down each situation on its own note card. Try to come up with three to five cards for each of you.
Then, switch cards. Flip them over and write down one way to wait patiently in each situation. (You’re suggesting solutions for your child, and they’re suggesting solutions for you.)
Next, read aloud each situation and solution. Discuss one another’s suggestions. Challenge your child to remember that they have a choice in how they wait. And remember, the same is true for you!
Talk about the Bible Story
Out of all the situations we just talked about, which one is the most difficult for you to handle with patience?
Do you remember what the Israelites did when they were waiting on Moses? (They whined and complained and grew hopeless.)
What should the Israelites have been thinking about instead of complaining while they were waiting? (They should have remembered that God had promised to give them a new land; they should have trusted Moses to come back and lead them.)
When have you acted like the Israelites when you were waiting on something?
What are some things you believe, without a doubt, to be true about God?
What can you think about when it’s hard to wait?
Ask your child, “When have you noticed me being impatient? In those times, how do you think I can remember what’s true?”