Home Lifestyle Patience and Parenting

Patience and Parenting


Patience and Parenting

This article is for information only and doesn’t call for any action.

My sons are in a fun stage of life right now.

My first grader comes home from school every day full of new knowledge and social interactions. He’s bursting at the seams to tell us about his day. My preschooler comes home from school and daycare full of stories – some true and some exaggerated. They’re at different stages, but so much about each reminds me of the other.

They’re discovering their personalities and voices.

They’re adventurous and mischievous. They’re kind and loving. They’re stubborn and hardheaded.

I lovingly refer to them as my Sour Patch kids. They’ll do something rotten and follow it up with a kiss on my cheek, or an “I love you, Mom.”

Nothing in my life has tested my patience more – or helped me improve it more – than my two Sour Patch kids. And I count it as one of the greatest lessons they’ve taught me.

On a Monday morning, when we’re inevitably running late, my youngest refuses to put on his shoes while my oldest refuses to turn off cartoons. I have two choices: lose my patience, yell at them, and get out the door 30 seconds faster, or, take a deep breath and work with them to get out the door. The first option is always my gut reaction.

But, similar Monday mornings have taught me that the rest of my day will be tainted by it. I’ll drop them off and then drive to work, feeling like the worst mother. I’ll be frustrated and in a bad mood before I even get to work.

I could name a million similar scenarios. I wish I could say I’ve always chosen the better option, but I guarantee that more often than not, I’ve let my impatience win. It’s a gradual improvement. I’m a work in progress.

I count myself lucky every day for my sons. They’re the best teachers I could ask for.

◊♦◊The Good Men Project is different from most media companies. We are a “participatory media company”—which means we don’t just have content you read and share and comment on but it means we have multiple ways you can actively be a part of the conversation. As you become a deeper part of the conversation—The Conversation No One Else is Having—you will learn all of the ways we support our Writers’ Community—community FB groups, weekly conference calls, classes in writing, editing platform building and How to Create Social Change.


Here are more ways to become a part of The Good Men Project community:

Request to join our private Facebook Group for Writers—it’s like our virtual newsroom where you connect with editors and other writers about issues and ideas.

Click here to become a Premium Member of The Good Men Project Community. Have access to these benefits:

  1. Get  access to an exclusive “Members Only” Group on Facebook
  2. Join our Social Interest Groups—weekly calls about topics of interest in today’s world
  3. View the website with no ads
  4. Get free access to classes, workshops, and exclusive events
  5. Be invited to an exclusive weekly “Call with the Publisher” with other Premium Members
  6. Commenting badge.

Are you stuck on what to write? Sign up for our Writing Prompts emails, you’ll get ideas directly from our editors every Monday and Thursday. If you already have a final draft, then click below to send your post through our submission system.

If you are already working with an editor at GMP, please be sure to name that person. If you are not currently working with a GMP editor, one will be assigned to you.


Are you a first-time contributor to The Good Men Project? Submit here:

submit to Good Men Project


Have you contributed before and have a Submittable account? Use our Quick Submit link here:


Do you have previously published work that you would like to syndicate on The Good Men Project? Click here:


The post Patience and Parenting appeared first on The Good Men Project.

December 14, 2018 at 08:08PM

Subscribe to VIP newsletter

Valid first name is required.
Please enter a valid email address for shipping updates.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here