One of my biggest struggles in 2013 was to be patient. As someone with a Type A personality, it is very difficult for me to remain calm, cool and collected. There are many times when I either snap at my husband or get impatient very quickly with our 20 month old daughter. While I know it’s completely normal to have moments of irritability, I find that I am more irritable than not. I don’t know how mothers of big families and multiple children do it.

That being said, below is a list of ways that I am going to remain patient in 2014 with a slight twist for motivation!

– I will not get impatient when my daughter wakes at 5:00 a.m. Rather, I will keep track of these occurrences and when she is old enough to cook, she will have to make us a meal for every time she woke up early.

– I will not get impatient when my daughter refuses to eat. However, I will save and store all of that food and weigh it at the end of the day. She will have to repay us by the pound when she gets her first job. The current rate of wasted food is $5.99lb.

– I will not get impatient when my daughter has temper tantrums. Rather, I will stay calm, breath in slowly and promise myself that when she becomes a mother some day, she will have to endure the tantrums.

– I will not get impatient when my daughter wants her father over me. The day will come sometime soon when she prefers me over him. Until then, I will enjoy the time to myself with a tall glass of wine.

How do you remain patient and stay calm during stressful situations? How do you not let your frustrating show to your children?

Until next time, Happy New Year!

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