Being a patient parent is much easier said than done. When you are pregnant with your first child, you have an idealistic image of what parenthood will look like. You imagine yourself using positive discipline and having a child who doesn’t really misbehave. You imagine how patient you’ll be teaching him or her to tie shoes, to ride a bike and to read. Then you have a baby and you realize that patience is something you lack….severely. Here are three ways to help you improve you become more patient with your kids. These tips might surprise you.
Wake Up Early
By taking the time to wake up early in the morning, you get some time to yourself. Sure, you might think you need the sleep more, but you really need the time to unwind and focus. When you wake up early, before your kids, you give yourself time to shower, drink a cup of coffee, watch the sun come up, catch up on the news or just wake up. This allows you to feel more patient and accomplished by the time your kids are out of bed. It eliminates you waking up to the sound of kids yelling for milk or the unmistakable sound of a bowl shattering on the floor as they try to make their own breakfast. It makes you a lot more patient.
Spend Time Alone
Take a break when you need one. When you feel that your kids have worked your last nerve to the point that you just want to sit down and cry, it’s time to take a break. Go get a massage or a pedicure or take a long walk around the neighborhood when dad gets home. Just take a break.
Find a Hobby
Your patience with your kids depends a lot on your happiness. If you don’t take the time to be happy with your own life and to do something for yourself, you won’t be able to focus your patience on your kids. Do something for you sometimes.