"Anyone can have one kid. But going from one kid to two is like going from owning a dog to running a zoo." - P. J. O'Rourke

Friday, January 3, 2014

Strong-willed Children

With eight kids, from five different gene pools, you can imagine that we have quite a wide variety of temperaments and personalities under our little roof.  Some of my kids are quiet and compliant, while others have fought parental authority tooth-and-nail since their first breathe.  I love them all dearly, but certainly some have been more "difficult" to raise.

Today, I have a word of encouragement for those who have young ones who fit the "strong-willed" label. Don't give up, don't be discouraged!  They will become such a blessing in your life.  Parenting them might be a daily challenge, and at times you might be tempted to just give up.  Don't!  And whatever you do, don't lose that relationship with them.  With loving, oak-tree guidance (as in you're the oak tree they continually crash into) they will turn out to be one of the biggest blessings of your life.

Hang in there!  I speak from experience.

4 comments:

  1. I'm hanging, I'm hanging. And as we approach puberty, it becomes even more challenging. Love her, but whew! Somedays just wear me out!

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    1. Hold on to the later teen years. You will be blessed!

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  2. Thanks! I needed that! I have one that keeps crashing into this oak tree! :-)

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    1. Hang in there, Caryn! It will be so worth it!

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