Waiting hands came about when Nora started drinking whole milk (12mo) and needed her milk to be warmed up. Takes about 30 seconds on the stove, but felt like 30 minutes! why? Bc she would throw a mini tantrums 3Xs a day demanding her milk right away!
Teaching Waiting Hands: Make sure you first teach this strategy when your LO is in a good mood! Trying to implement this when they are already throwing a tantrum will get you guys no where (trust me, I know first hand). Put one of their little hand on top of the other. While putting your hand on top of theirs say “okay, waiting hands I’m going to count to 5” (and slowly count). Afterwards, remove your hands and immediately give them what they wanted w a mini praise (good job, thank you for waiting!). Just watch my friend’s 15 month old (he’s even got the head nod down). My husband thinks it’s the funniest thing ever because we say waiting hands and now it’s so instant; Nora’s hands just move together and she waits. We don’t even count anymore.
What does this work on?
It teaches your little one impulse control at an early age. Nowadays we are so use to instant gratification, but we also know that not all things in life happen instantly, and waiting is just part of life.
Ages: 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years