Today’s focus: Patience
Another big one! Patience is the key to parenting. I have definitely learned more patience since my kids were born, but I am far from being zen with it. I tell myself every morning that I need to be more patient, and by the end of the day, I have to remind myself. Today was no exception. I woke up finally feeling better. I was ready to take on my day and enjoy it (cough and all!) By 7am, there was already yelling coming from upstairs. Not a good start to the day. I kept my cool until 7:58am when Mason was upset with me for not helping her tie her shoes and that she would be late for the bus. I had no more patience for her attitude, and we butted heads yet again. Way to go, Mom! After then setting the car alarm off 5 times (very long story for another time), my patience was even less.
It took a venting to Jeremy and a venting to my mom to truly get through it all. And by the end of the day, I was ready again – my patience back up to a high level. Despite more Mason outbursts and Cooper’s incessant, “Do you know what?” questions, I kept my cool the rest of the evening. (at least I think I did… another mom trait? selective memory)
I have the biggest test of patience coming up tomorrow. We’re beginning our Christmas vacation with the first big drive to Maryland. If 7 hours in the car with your kids isn’t the ultimate test of patience, I don’t know what is. But I’m going to be ready. Bring it on!