We have to go through a lot in this process. It has its ups and downs. We have to give so many tests to be sure we are doing it all right. (Though there is no right or wrong in this process - we as parents have to decide what is right and wrong) One such test is the test of patience. We have to give this test repeatedly.
One such test is when your child is unwell. When your child is sick, child's mood is unpredictable, Your child would ask you to make diferent things but will not eat any, your child will cry non-stop through-out the night and not sleep and so many such things. You willbe tempted to loose your patience at every other action but something in you does not let you do so. There is no way you can be impatient seeing a child in pain. There is no way you will fall asleep when your child is crying and is restless. There is no way you will say no to anything your child even gives a hint that he/she would like to eat.
Thats how we as parents develop this most useful quality of patience. And its useful for the rest of our lives in whatever situation we are.
Children keep us in check. Their laughter prevents our hearts from hardening. Their dreams ensure we never lose our drive to make ours a better world. They are the greatest disciplinarians known to mankind.
-- Queen Rania of Jordan, Hello Magazine
Parenting teaches lots of lessons and each of them makes us grow as adults. lessons that go a long way and help us at every step.
It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.
-- Joyce Maynard