Patience is a virtue.
Why is patience so important?
Why should we teach our kids?
Because we want them to wait to have dessert after dinner?
Or to wait till their Birthday to open the gift?
Kinda important, but not a spirit lesson,
or is it?
This is something seemingly small .
So parents let it slide, this patience teaching thing.
When we teach our kids patience, we give them LIFE SKILLS.
Crucial LIFE SKILLS.
I leave our Mom's Shop stuff in plain view all week, and let them STRUGGLE with the wanting of the goodies, but not being able to have them yet.
Not because I'm mean (well, I can be).
But because it's BIGGER.
Often times I'll set a cup of juice on the table prior to putting dinner on the table.
It's certainly not because I want to
yell ask them a million times to not drink it.
It's certainly not because I like cleaning up spilled juice from sneaky fingers.
I don't LIKE to pick a fight with my kids.
But there are moments we need to set them up to make a choice.
You see, I don't REALLY care if they had some juice before their meal.
Let's fast foreword 5,10, 20 years.
I DO care if they WAIT to have sex until marriage.
But I DO care if they WAIT till money is in their bank account before they buy their groceries.
It's character building.