One of my first blog posts, and still applicable today. Are you impatient for patience with your kids?
Recently, I snapped at my son, impatient with his whiny attitude. My unkind tone invoked tears. Annoyed, I went on to tell him how whining hurt my ears. Now sobbing, he cried, “Stop talking, mom”.
His words stung. They were all he could utter to express his hurt feelings. Convicted, his tears broke my heart.
Correcting his attitude was appropriate, but not with such blatant insensitivity. My tone rendered my words ineffective and left me needing to apologize.
What was wrong with me? Obviously, my child cried and did not feel JOY when I spoke to him like that.
Most days, I follow simple steps to address discipline. Sticking to the plan usually keeps me calm regardless of the offense. SOME days, I have seemingly never-ending patience.
But there are too many days where a trivial offense is met with an unwarranted impatience. Frustrated when my child can’t wait just ONE MINUTE for that glass of water, I raise my…
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