Patience for parents dealing with the demands of family life

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I could do with an additional dollop of patience tonight. It’s difficult to have some patience for parents. With the demands of family life taking over and the uncertainty of our world it seems that patience is always growing thin.

As I sat down to write this it seems I have been constantly interrupted by the phone, the dog barking, the youngest coming down from bed, the oldest asking for hot chocolate…..ARGGHHHH!!!!

What really springs to mind is that I need to get these jobs done!

Now I know we have all been there and as parents we should expect such things. So I have embraced the request for hot chocolate and have made two – one for both of us which is really very yummy and now I am settling down to write this.

The end is in sight

So, back to patience, and patience for parents; one thing I have learnt is to keep the end in mind.  For example, tonight I wanted to get the tickets cut out for a fete and this blog post done. Both these things I have achieved but not perhaps in the way I had envisaged. Along with my big dollop of patience I need extra toppings of flexibility, to go a bit more with the flow and not set myself a huge list of tasks to do but to delight in the ones I can and do achieve.

Reminding myself that if the kitchen floor isn’t cleaned tonight I am pretty sure the world won’t end …well at least the end wouldn’t be related to my slightly sticky tiles.

And now at 9pm they are all in bed and the house is finally quiet …trouble is having my patience tried all evening has exhausted me and I will follow shortly. The days when the children were in bed and asleep by 7 and a peaceful evening awaited are just a sweet memory.

Make the most of them while you still have them!

How does your patience hold when faced with the demands of family.  Do you give in or hold your stance?  Share your thoughts with us in the comments. And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter!

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 Helen 

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