Patience and a hard-heart. These are two absolute must-haves for parents.
When it comes to raising children and teaching them the everyday life skills they’re going to need to survive as adults, you need the patience to explain, cajole, explain again, negotiate, explain again, put right, explain again… need I go on.
You also need a hard-heart because they will break it. Whether it’s coming home and crying because they have no friends or struggling in school, or, or, or… the list is endless. You’re heart will get broken many times.
So, the next time you’re running out of patience or plain ole’ heart-broken, just remember, children are not YOURS. They were given to you to guide but the decision to learn, get on, succeed, stay positive, etc. is theirs. You can’t control them, the only thing you can control is providing them with a good example (you) and a good life skills education. The next step, is a to take a giant leap of faith that they use them.
Being a parent is one of the hardest things I have ever done and I know I’m not alone in thinking this.