Originally Posted by BSofA04
This is one of the things that I'm sure will come to us, but if you were to ask me now I'd probably say that I have no patience for bratty/whiney/wound-up children. Of course, that is only based on me going out to the grocery store or mall and seeing kids absolutely screaming bloody murder, and their folks just ignoring them like nothing is happening. It's easy for me to look and think, "Better give that kid something to cry about!", but it's not my own. I'll really try to not sweat the small stuff and enjoy the ride.
My wife and I were pretty much the same, and still get irritated by the screaming kids. Now, though, we are more observant as to why the kid is that way. Instead of focusing on the kid, we see how the parent is reacting to the situation. There are many hyperactive kids out there, but quite a bit just seems to scream bad parenting.
And while I knew that for a while I would have to get up throughout the night, actually going through it is something totally different. That's where I learned quite a bit of the patience I have now. Waking up ever 45-90 minutes every single night for a month or two can drive you insane. Especially when the mrs. works nights.