My children seem to need me constantly, and at incredibly inconvenient times. They come tearing into the bathroom like they’re on fire, demanding I right some injustice I can't necessarily decipher (it's hard figure things out with shampoo streaming into my eyes). So when I let them know they’ll have to wait a second, their response is typically overdramatic. I’m sure my kids are having devious thoughts when they hear “in a little bit,” but their high-pitched attempts to commandeer my time will not defeat me, my friends. Oh no, I will not be defeated.
I have no recollection of learning how to be patient. Perhaps it was just too painful a memory. Dramatic? Sure, but that’s what I am led to believe given the reactions of my children when I tell them to slow their roll. Honestly, though, how are they supposed to learn that the world does not bend to their every whim if I'm constantly dropping everything to tend to them? When they were babies, of course this was necessary, but they are 9 and 6 years old. They need to not only gain more independence (“No, I will not get you water. You can manage that yourself.”), but they need to understand that if they want their time and space respected, they need to prove they can respect the time and space of others, too. After all, I'm not trying to raise jerks.
Still, they’re kids and they have emotions and sometimes those emotions get the better of them. Even if they’re not having an outright fit about it, I know they’re probably thinking one (or all) of the following things when they demand my attention and I tell them “in a little bit”: