Patience is a virtue - at least that is what they say.
It loosely means that the ability to wait for something or someone without being angry or upset is a good and valuable asset. As a parent, it is probably the most important personality trait you can have.
Well, the last few weeks have really tried my patience. Ever since Lil Tank started potty training, I have been struggling with this heavenly virtue. Some days she does wonderful, but it seems that lately she has been relapsing. I will say she has been sick lately. She will have a couple of accidents a day and it takes everything in me to keep calm. I admit that after the 3rd accident of the day, I can't restrain myself. I have to give myself a timeout. On Mondays and Tuesdays, when I am with her all day long, I just pray that she will have a good day.
Well, in the last week we added another stresser to our life. Bailey, our Pekingese-Shih Tzu mix, came down with a possible urinary tract infection. (My wife explains her fear of possibly surgery here.) She is constantly peeing. Now, we have to deal with a toddler and a dog leaving puddles in every room. At least with our Little Boo, she is on antibiotics to treat her problem. Lil Tank just has to get potty training down.
A lot of my friends and family told me I would be a great parent someday. Maybe I was good with their kids because I was only around them for a few hours at a time. I am still waiting for the parent they saw in me to come out. Because right now, I am struggling with how to deal with the behavior of a 4 and 2 year old. And I feel like it's only going to get worse as they get into grade school, then middle school and high school. Hopefully, I will develop the patience I need to get me through this and other challenges in the future. For now, I'm trying to enjoy each stage of life while also learning how to be a better parent.
Have you lost your patience with your kids? Was it during the potty training days or another time? Please share your stories below.