Ahh, this quote speaks to a lot of things, but I'm so grateful Mothers were born with these qualities too! When it comes to doing homework with my preschooler I need all the gentleness and endurance I can muster sometimes :) Practice and making it fun is the key... well, even bribery works wonders too (ie: after you complete this assignment then we can have snack).
I've been noticing it's a difficult task trying to find lined paper for Kindergartners. I remember having tons when I was younger ( and oddly enough I remember the thin quality and discolored appearance too) and of course it was carried in typical stores back then, not like today's stores. So until I'm enlightened on a store other than Education Etc. that charges an arm and a leg for things I'm going to try to print my own.
I came across this photo that I right-clicked and saved in 'My photos.'
Then I went to Microsoft Word, opened the photo, pushed 'Copy' and pasted a ton of them until my page looked like this. Easy peasy as they all went right below each other on the page, so no work of lining everything up!
To help my soon-to-be 5yr old get used to writing his name at the top of the page, I used 'Word Art' and slid 'Name:' on the top line to get him used to seeing it on everything he'll be writing on. Now I'm on my way to making this writing letters thing a daily occurrence, wish me luck!