What’s My Patience Temperature?

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I’ve been working on a campaign over at The Land of Nod called #celebratetuesday. You can read more about it here. The basic idea is that life with kids is chaotic and hard, but the little moments mingled amongst the hectic every day are the ones that weave together to create the story of your family. So, no need to try to create epic events and memories or live up to impossible standards in order to be a good parent. Just give what you can each day to your kiddos and all those little happy, silly, ridiculous moments will add up to a happy childhood, even if they do feel few and far between some days.

We partnered with Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind on some posts. This was her first post. She talked about how some days she’s the mom that lets her kid push the kid cart in the stores, but some days she’s not. And, that’s okay. Reading her post, I was struck by an observation of my own parenting rhythm. I’ve learned that it’s important to me to take my “patience temperature” before agreeing to an activity with my kids. I’ve learned that if I force myself to “be the parent I think I have to” but I really don’t have it in me that day to enjoy it, it ends in disaster. On the flip side, some days my patience is overflowing and I’m up for all the ridiculousness. I can be in it, and enjoy it.

So, sometimes I’m the mom that lets my kids play with glitter and glue at the dining room table, never giving a thought to the mess they’re making. But that’s not every day. And that’s okay.




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