Deferred gratification.

Girl staring intently at marshmellow; source unknown.

It’s been said that a lot of kids don’t possess the ability to defer gratification, which results in a myriad of problems later on in life.

Based on my own experience during my Practicum stint, I’m quite inclined to believe in this idea.

I think it’s necessary for parents and teachers alike to teach children how to defer gratification, but it’s the “how” which always eludes everyone.

I’ve been trying to find activities that teach the above skill but haven’t been very successful so far, though I’ve come across some tips that might be helpful and a good place to start.

Off the top of my head, some games that teach deferred gratification and which come to mind are: Jenga and “Simon Says”.

Anyone has any other suggestions?