As parents of troubled kids, it seems like we wind up tolerating a lot, right? It could be anything from messy rooms, to drugs found in the house, to the milk left out to spoil, or argumentative language from our kids. The list could be endless. It might be anything really, anything that makes us even a little upset, anxious, feeling dissonance, or just plain wanting to get away from it. If we are feeling any of those things, we might be tolerating something that isn’t quite right for us. And that is worth examining.
As many of you know, I love quotes and often like to include one in my blog. However when I went out to google search quotes about tolerating, I only was able to find quotes that promote tolerance, and it occurred to me that the meaning of ‘tolerating’ in those quotes is not really what I am talking about here. So don’t get me wrong, I am all for tolerance of people and/or situations different from my own, be it race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. That kind of tolerating is not my topic here! (Just wanted to make that clear…)
What I am talking about is what we put up with on a regular basis that bugs us, irritates us, that if we could change, we would. What are those things for you?
You might wonder why I am asking, why this is even worth mentioning. Well, because it can be a good place to start, that’s why. As you may know, I am all about helping the parents of struggling kids. And I know for a fact that working on oneself when our kids are struggling winds up to be the best thing we can do for ourselves and our kids. Oh what a beautiful thing that is! I love the twofer, the double-whammy of it! If you are tolerating something that isn’t the best for you, there is a really good chance it might not be good for others too. Voila!
So I ask you, what are you tolerating? I would love to hear it! Please share in the comments section below.
Leslie Ferris is a Certified and Credentialed Parent and Life Coach
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