What kind of example are you setting for your kid? For instance, has anybody complained about your being impatient lately? Who complained, and what did that person say? Do you think the label fit? Think about how well you deal with stress, frustrations, or change.Try to think of specific examples and what you did. Here are a few examples:You're stuck in an endlessly long line to get through security at the airport; traffic is stalled, and you're late for an important appointment at work; the bank teller informs you the bank's computer system is down, and you have to wait a few minutes for your transaction to go through; your kid is struggling with his homework and he doesn't get what you're explaining; you arrive at the restaurant on time for your reservation and are told that your table won't be ready for at least forty-five minutes. How mature were you in handling the delay? Even more important, how patient would your kid say you were?
What about everyday life moments? Do you find time to relax, really listen patiently to your kids, and take moments just to think and contemplate your day and life? What about your schedule? Is it so packed that you find yourself stressed and impatient with your family and friends? Do you find yourself impatient about doing things like helping your kid learn to tie his shoes, make her bed, ride a bike, drive a car? When your child is struggling, are you able to be patient? What about when one of your kids makes a mistake? Can you make allowances? What can you do to change your schedule so you can be more patient and enjoy little moments with your family that can add up to mean so much?
Consider whether your attitude is teaching your kid to be patient. Could your kid be learning any of his bad attitude from you? If so, what is the first step you need to take in yourself to be a better example to your sons or daughters of dealing with their impatient behavior? Write down changes you need to make.
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