When To Step Back


One of the hardest things for me as a parent is watching how long it takes my children to do something. I am so task oriented and so focused when I have to complete something that it usually doesn’t take me long at all. I’ve met some people that can’t even start something without thinking about it for long periods of time first. I know others who spend valuable time talking about what needs to be done when they could be up doing it. I must fight the urge to jump up and complete something I need them to do because I don’t have all day to sit around and wait. I am so time efficient. I can do several things at one time and get them finished. I can’t expect them to be exactly like me but I was hoping some of my ability to get things done quickly would rub off on them. Unfortunately, that is not the case. I can’t help but feel some frustration but I know it’s not healthy to jump in and do everything for them. One quality I am lacking is patience. I guess I should work on that.


12 thoughts on “When To Step Back

  1. Just Plain Ol' Vic

    As an educator, it is tough not wanting to jump in and help someone “figure it out” or “do it right.” However it can be a disservice to them if they are not allowed to go through the process on their own.

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  2. ddr_74

    PREACHING to the choir! Yes… I often would much rather do the job myself than to have the kids do it because I feel I am risking 25 more grey hairs by waiting for them lol! I need to work on my patience too!

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  3. Let them figure it out on their own not only helps them, it can help adults re-connect with our inner child by watching “how” they learn. If there is a time element, this can be a bigger challenge. Maybe we need to rethink why we are in such a hurry? just a thought.


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