We are supposed to be showing our children how to act appropriately and how to handle life. When I lose my patience and let frustration show, I have to start reminding myself that I don’t like this quality of my personality, and if I don’t want my kids to start doing it, I have to fix it.
We have to give them the right tools to cope with emotions and struggles. One thing I’ve done is to write a letter to each child, telling them what I want for them. In both of those letters, I wanted them to be better than me. I think I’m fabulous, but I know I have my shortcomings. I don’t want to teach them my shortcomings, and I want to improve as a person. The responsibility falls upon me to be in charge of both of us.
What would your letter say?