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

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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.
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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. 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!

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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No More Crazy Repetition with 3 Sanity-Saving Tips

Home school: 4 times rule! and other sanity saving tips

 

Does noise bother you after a long day of home schooling?  Or just after a long day in general? Singing, humming, banging on the pots and pans- sometimes for me it just gets to be too much.  Children do learn by repetition but sometimes my nervous system just couldn’t take the noise!

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A child is allowed to sing the same song four times in a row, but if they begin the fifth time the 4 times rule is put into action.  They have to choose a different song! This goes with (almost) any repetitive noise.  Note: I did have to make some allowances for piano practice. Haha!

These Rule Twins Stay Together:

Don’t be purposefully annoying.  Don’t be easily annoyed.

My son just posted the following to my Facebook page:

Growing up we had two rules about being annoying:

“Don’t be purposefully annoying,” and “Don’t be easily annoyed.”

Really works when you apply them to the rest of life too! Thanks Mom! Continue reading “No More Crazy Repetition with 3 Sanity-Saving Tips”