Parenting Thoughts

Being a dad of two young girls has been rewarding and challenging at the same time. But I often feel like I lose my patience with them, some times more quickly than others depending on the circumstances, of course. I try to think back to my parents and how they dealt with me when I was acting up at a young age. I have thought and thought about this and have come up blank. I have memories of being disciplined or lectured to while a teenager, but nothing sticks out from when I was, say, five or a bit older. There are a few explanations for this, I guess. Either I had great parents with endless patience, or I was a great kid. I tend to think it’s a bit of both.

Which makes me wonder what my kids will remember when they are grown. Will they, like me, have no negative memories imposed by¬† their parents from their early years, or am I leaving irreversible marks on their memory with my occasional short temper. Surely the only thing that’s certain is that patience will continue to be a necessary and tried virtue during this adventure.