1. Appropriate Expectations
Before I had children, it would take just an hour or two to run all my errands for the week. Now that I have two children, it's pretty great if just one of my errands takes an hour. At first, I was pretty frustrated at how long everything was taking but now I have adjusted my expectations and know that everything just takes longer. This helps me not to get so annoyed when I look at my watch and realize how long it took us at the grocery store. I have accepted the fact that grocery shopping is the only errand we will get done that day.
2. Mental Preparedness
One of the best things that helps me react more patiently is visualizing the negative behaviors my children are likely to display in a certain situation, then I can visualize how I will react. It's a fine line because you don't want to expect that your child will react negatively but you also need to be prepared how you will deal with those behaviors should they arise.
I tend to sing a lot with my children. I've gotten really good at making up ridiculous songs to help them get through a temper tantrum or do what I want. Singing also keeps my brain and mouth occupied so I don't say something harsh to my child.
4. Visual Reminders
I bought this MudLOVE bracelet over the weekend as a visual reminder to be more patient. I absolutely love it.