Many things tire me. I don't have the patience I once had. In some ways I have more patience...for my kids...for myself. Things that tire my patience include people who speed by me only to find them at the next stoplight just in front of me...or next to me. Also clerks who seem to think they are doing me a favor by taking my money. And telling my kids for the 4,365,892nd time that they need to leave the chair legs on the floor.
These things are tiring.
I said I had more patience for my kids then listed something they do in the things I have no patience for. Contradiction? Meet Heather.
Patience and humor are related. I'm convinced of that. If your child sasses you in a sing-song attitude but you have the patience and humor to retort with a similar sass things are much less explosive than if you yell or punish.
Parenting is tiring. And challenging. And rewarding.
The best parenting moments I've found have been when I've found my sense of humor even in the challenging moments. Laughter helps. Sassy kids can make you lose that sense of humor, but if you can see the humor, if you can make that sassy child laugh, it helps.
Now if only I can keep the humor.