Setting The Example
To the responsible adult delayed gratification may be something that is not processed, but lived out even in small decisions. We don’t eat certain things, buy certain things, or do certain things for the purpose of bettering our future. Process through some of your decisions, that set the example in delayed gratification, with your children especially as they get older. Look for opportunities to include them in the process, explain why you choose not to eat out as much for example, or buy a new car as often. You can even include them in long-term projects so they can enjoy the reward of “plugging away” at something until the job is done. This lesson can even give children the strength to cope with difficult situations in adulthood, for instance a hard season in a future marriage. The reward is great when you have learned to slowly work on something to fix a problem, rather then simply throwing away and looking for something new. Learning the lesson of delayed gratification may mean the difference between failure and success for your child. Look for ways to set the example in your own life.
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