Patience Can Help Parents Do the Hard Things

Raising a child is hard. We would like to believe that what you need to do is to appreciate the miracle of the child and reach out with love at every moment. But of course there’s so much more to it than that. Parenting skills. Being strong as things go south on a regular basis.

In the “being strong” department, PATIENCE has to be way up there. Remembering that it takes 20 years to raise a child. Remembering that now may not be the time to react a certain way. Remembering that this is a child, not an adult, and you have a ways to go before you get the adult stuff.

Sometimes wisdom helps. We remember something memorable and true, and we try to apply it in our lives.

My top five favorites… 

“There’s a time for all things.” - William Shakespeare 

“No great thing is created suddenly.” - Epictetus  

“Give wind and tide a chance to change.” - Richard Byrd 

“Some things arrive on their own mysterious hour, on their own terms and not yours, to be seized or relinquished forever.” - Gail Godwin 

“No ray of sunlight is ever lost, but the green which it awakes into existence needs time to grow; and it is not always granted to the sower to the see the harvest.” - Albert Schweitzer

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