I struggle with patience all the time. Sadly I find that I am least patient with the people closest to me, the people who deserve it most. I seem to save my best behavior for strangers and not for the people I love. Does anyone else have this same issue?
Being patient with someone, especially your children, shows them that you care and that they are important to you.
I find it helpful to try and be on company behavior even when there is no company around. I also remember the wonderful patience my grandmother had and try and model that behavior.
It is easier to do the right thing first than it is to apologize later.