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Patience in Motherhood: How to Mend Broken Patience

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Photo credit: Alicia Marie

It often takes a lot for a mom to admit she is low on patience. She wants to be a strong role-model for her little one and that means staying cool, calm, and collected at all times.

Is this realistic? Not in the slightest.

The following points are some breaking points mothers deal with that put their patience to the ultimate test. These mamas also share ways they work on mending their broken patience that could help new mothers when nearing their own breaking point.

“Baby is Still Crying.”

“[I lose my patience] when I’ve tried everything and she’s still crying.”

What to try:

“I need to take a breath and do some positive self-talk and remind myself she can’t tell me what’s wrong. Even if she could, she might not know.”

  • Jessamine Lee, mother of one 

“I Have to Repeat Myself.”

“My patience is significantly tried when I have to repeat myself for what feels like a hundred times and my toddler still decides to do the opposite of what I’m asking. My patience these days has been limited by sleep deprivation and learning the personality and needs of our new baby.”

What to try:

“When I feel my patience going, I try really hard to take a breath or step away to take a self-care moment to make me feel more like me again. [Also], always bring it back to a loving place. Explain why you became upset in the first place so they can understand their actions and the consequences a bit better and hopefully learn from them.”

  • Alicia Marie, mother of two 

“Having Breakdowns Over Nothing.”

“My toddlers having total breakdowns over literally nothing and waking up the baby brings me to my boiling point.”

What to try:

“Stop, take a moment to breathe, and remind yourself that this too shall pass. Remember to take a step back when you need to. Breathe our the bad moments to keep inner peace – it’s a technique that will save your sanity.”

  • Chelsea Renee, mother of three 

“I Lose it Over the Littlest Things.”

“I grew up working at daycare centers, summer camps, and worked in the human services field for years before getting pregnant. I thought I was a pretty patient person… until I faced motherhood. Everything gets to me: I step on a sharp toy, the girls get in my way, they ignore me, they talk back, they cry over not being able to have a popsicle at nine in the morning. You name it, I lose my cool.”

What to try:

“I try to look at them and realize how innocent they are. They may not remember my impatient moments, but there’s also a good chance they might. I fear my girls will remember me as the miserable, impatient mom instead of the fun, silly mom I’ve always wanted to be. Look at the big picture and realize the importance of the situation. Remember the kind of mom you want to be remembered as, try to collect yourself, and move forward.”

  • Jennifer Aline Graham, mother of two



 Jennifer Aline is a coffee addict, mama of twins, and a passionate freelance writer and author. She writes for Moms.com on a regular basis and has had articles in publications such as the NY Daily News, NY Post, and In Good Health Newspaper. Aline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Keuka College and worked in the Human Services field before her two little girls entered her life. Aline now focuses primarily on writing, teaching aerial arts classes in the evenings, and caring for her twin daughters – all while continuously chugging coffee, of course.

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