An Eleven Year Old’s Commentary on Patience

Posted By on November 28, 2012

I was reading the Hobbit with my two older boys and Burian (5) was in the living room squealing because he couldn’t get himself situated in the living room swing, yes, you read correctly. We don’t have a couch, we have a swing.

Clayton (8) goes over to help him, comes back. More squeals ensue, Clayton goes back. Using his most patient Waldorf Teacher way, proceeds to help his little brother. I look over to Jing Wen and mouthed “So sweet”.

Jing Wen (11) then says, “I could never be a teacher. I don’t have the patience. All my students would hate me because I would yell at them all day to behave.”

“Think of all those teachers at your school who do it every day and so beautifully.”

He contemplated for a moment. “I don’t know how they do it.” He said in awe.

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I am a Chinese-American mother of three boys, parenting with the traditions worth keeping from the East and West. I continue to learn new ways of raising a family and myself.


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