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When we are young we view things differently, everything seems to go slowly, especially when it pertains to time. You often hear children say, “I can’t wait to grow up,” or “Are we there yet?” So what happens when, in The Marshmallow Test by Michelle Claus, a little girl is given a challenge of time as it pertains to delayed gratification? Her dad places one marshmallow on the table in front of her and says, “If you can wait fifteen minutes before eating this marshmallow, I will give you something even better.” As this funny children’s story begins to unfold with beautiful and inspiring illustrations by Sasha Roberson, you begin to journey into the mind of a child. Could you wait?
Children do not do well with either time or delayed gratification; they want everything now. As parents, we must teach them that the world is not like that; there is a time and season for all things. In The Marshmallow Test by Michelle Claus, you begin to experience how you can best help your child in this arena. Michelle shows how children begin to go through the process when delayed gratification is presented. All types of things go through the mind of a child as they began to ask themselves when faced with this type of challenge, “Is it worth the wait?” “Will my outcome be bigger and better than what I am sacrificing for?” Michelle was inspired when she embarked upon a Stanford Marshmallow Experiment, whose purpose was the same thing, seeing how children dealt with delayed gratification and did they have what it took to receive the reward in the end. If you have a young child, reading The Marshmallow Test by Michelle Claus to them will be truly helpful in their growth.