As a child (until I was in my early adult years), I have been known to succumb to the occasional temper tantrums. Although, of course, they were much less often as I grew older. I am not known for my patience but rather for the lack of it. When I gave birth to my first child, my son, Adam, my friends and family told me that I was going to have to learn to be more patient and that there always has to be room for compromise. They were right. Specially now that Adam is already about to turn 3 years old and I have a newborn to take care of, being a mommy also means being a negotiator, a nurse, a playmate and a teacher. All the said occupations require a certain amount of patience and understanding. I cannot just lose my temper. I cannot just launch into a shouting session or be angry at my kids. Even as a wife, I have learned to control the sudden surge of emotions that come with not getting things to go the way you plan it. Life just doesn't work that way.