There are days as a mom when I wonder if "I'm getting through." I feel like I say the same things over and over. I know it's part of the job, but it's always encouraging to see them really change. One of my younger children had a rough time responding correctly when life didn't work her way today. Tonight I had a large chocolate bar on my bed with a note that said, "I love you even when I have bad days." Then I received an apology and a hug. I loved it!
Romans 12:3 says, "For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you." Sometimes it's hard to be patient with our children, but it can also be a struggle to be understanding with others in our lives. The idea of this verse is accept others where they are on their journey. None of us have it all together! Be loving and patient even if it isn't a child who needs the second or third chance.