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Patience and Parenting

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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.

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December 14, 2018 at 08:08PM

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