Today my 3 1/2 yr old daughter learned to ride a bike with training wheels. I may have taught her something, but she also taught me something very important...I need to work on my patience!
Patience seems to be something I struggle with a great deal lately. I have developed what my friend Nancy refers to as a "Nasty Voice." You can read her insightful and honest blog Life Takes Over . I LOVE the time I spend at home with my kids, but when you are being pulled in different directions all at once, it can feel so completely overwhelming sometimes.
Today, as I was helping my daughter ride her bike, I was SO frustrated that she was having difficulty pushing the peddles. In my head thoughts such as, "Why is this so difficult?" and "Push the damn peddles already" kept flying into my mind. Luckily, I was able to keep them in my mind. At the same time, I could here my annoyance in my voice. The important thing is that I recognize it right?
I'm also going to take the advice of Nancy and count to 5 in my mind before I speak out loud. Maybe then, I'll be able to enjoy myself more, and not risk hurting anyone's feelings. I also need to do some serious soul searching and figure out why I'm so short fused these days.