How to Become a Patient Parent

“Zen Habits“:

I don’t claim to be the world’s most patient parent — but it’s a goal of mine for this year, and it’s something I’m dedicated to becoming. Every parent loses his or her patience — it’s a fact of life. There are no perfect angels when it comes to moms and dads — we all get frustrated or angry and lose it from time to time.
But patience can be developed over time — it’s a habit, and like any other habit, it just takes some focus.
Here’s a list of 10 great tips and methods I’m trying out and experimenting with to help me become a more patient parent:

4 thoughts on “How to Become a Patient Parent”

  1. One of my favorite parenting books to recommend —
    Everyday Blessings: the Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, by Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn.

  2. How Your Child is Smart by Dawna Markova, is an interesting take on how to understand and communicate with kids. And there’s the classic:
    Siblings Without Rivalry (regret I can’t find the book; can’t recall the author)

  3. My favorite parenting book by far is
    How To Talk So Kids Will Listen, How to Listen So Kids Will Talk,
    by Adele Faber, and Elaine Mazlich.
    Adele Faber also wrote Siblings Without Rivalry.

  4. Just FYI, I mentioned the Kabat-Zinn’s book because it is very much in keeping with the theme of the post. Believe it or not, each of us has infinite patience that we can learn to tap into.

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