Parenting Your Strong-Willed Child: The Importance of the Walk

a child and mom holding hands closeup of just hands

Do you have a strong-willed child? The kind that you saw screaming and throwing tantrums at the grocery store? Or in Sunday school? Yep, I had one of those.
The kind you actually think might NEED medication? Even though you can’t believe you are thinking that?
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When you have a child like this, it is easy to feel like a failure as a parent. This kind of kid tests all of your reserve strength.

Our first child was extremely strong willed and the rest were just normal strong-willed, which means very strong-willed.

I also talked to our Christian doctor about my daughter. I was ready to put her on medication to help me keep my own sanity.

A Problem With Self Control and Impulsiveness

He said to deal with it firmly and consistently and with salvation, you will see a change. My daughter did not get saved until she was 7 (which is a lot of years to deal with!). God is amazing! Keep praying for your child’s heart and your patience. It is worth it!

Her longest time to focus on a project that she liked was 6 minutes. So every time she did focus on something for 7 minutes, we rewarded her.

Yep, that’s right.

I lived a lot of that time in 6 and 7 minute time blocks.

She would focus on puzzles so we bought puzzles. Lots of them! And we would work and work on getting her to lengthen her focus, one minute at a time.

I am so thankful for God’s work on her heart and on my patience!

Mom holding child's hand: Why it was important to walk my strong willed child to the tree every day.

Do you need help parenting your strong willed child?

I was a strong willed child. My mom reminds me of this sometimes! That is good because if I hadn’t been stubborn or persistent or tenacious or whatever you want to call it, my own daughter would have run over me again and again.

Or perhaps  I would have let my daughter get away with bad behavior if I had not been so determined.  My daughter needed to learn some lessons: to obey, to persist, to follow through. Importantly, teaching obedience now  provided safety and set an important foundation for future self-control.

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Art Project: Acrylic on Canvas

Use an illustration to start your own creative juices flowing  in this acrylic on canvas art project.

Tacky is getting ready to eat his fish sandwich! This 🎨#artproject 🎨 from Homeschool Christian Mom FB group is Acrylic on Canvas.

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Materials: canvas, tracing paper, pencil, eraser, acrylic paints, paint brushes (narrow, medium and large), plate for paint, water and a picture from a children’s book.*

I recommend wearing an apron when using acrylics as they change from liquid to a plastic.  You can only get it out of clothing if you scrub it off right away.

  • First I painted the whole canvas white.
  • I used the tracing paper to copy the picture, scribbled with pencil on the back and then used that to transfer the picture to my canvas.
  • Use tracing paper to move the illustration from a book or screen to your canvas for this art project.
  • I added extra water to the acrylic paint for the background colors.
  • A wash of acrylic with extra water makes a soft background for any art project.
  • Then working from light colors to darker colors, I began painting.
  • This picture shows the illustration of Tacky the penguin from a children's book and my partially done picture below it. Text reads: Work from light colors to dark colors. You can follow the color scheme or make your own.
    YUM! This fish sandwich is delicious!
  • Project is suitable for 5th grade and up.

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*(I am not a lawyer but as I am only painting one original picture, this is not violating any copyright laws. However, I could not and will not be copying this picture multiple times to sell.)