Patience is a virtue, or so the saying goes. This is something all children (especially mine) need to learn. Each day, my most common response to requests from Little T and Little L tends to be "in a minute." For instance, I use this phrase in reply to requests and demands such as:
-"Help me get dressed."
-"Can I have a treat?"
-"I want a snack." (usually emphasized with a whine)
-"Look what L is doing!"
-"Can you color with me?"
-"I need you now!"
In fact, I'm so used to the "in a minute" phrase that I often use it in cases when it's not even an appropriate response. These instances include tattling examples like:
-"T hit me."
-"L hit me."
-"She took my toy!"
And the one word in which I most regularly utter the "in a minute" phrase as a response is:
Whatever the case may be, it's clear "in a minute" is used too frequently in our house. I need to work on finding better replies to requests, demands and tattling. An article I found online in the Parent Society offers several suggestions that might work for children who are a bit older than mine (8-10 years old). However, one tip seems like it could be good: give children a shoe box and tell them to bring it back in a hour as something other than a shoe box. I'll try to remember this suggestion the next time I'm in the bathroom and hear, "Mom, I need you!"