The Power of Waiting
Updated: Feb 24, 2021
There is often the temptation to speak and answer for our little ones.
Waiting is SO SO hard.
Think about a conversation you recently had with your little guy or gal. When engaging them in a conversation or holding a conversation, research shows that providing three seconds or more of "wait time" improved ability to respond and response quality (Rowe, 1986).
What can we do?
Even though it's hard and takes a great deal of mindfulness and restraint, holding off on asking multiple questions, statements, or requests will allow for more "wait time" and give the opportunity to respond or ask a question.
Here’s how to do it...
Take a breath
Count to 5
Count to 5 again
Ask an open ended question (e.g. "what do you think we should do now?")