Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Raising the Strong-Willed

Raising strong-willed children can make you want to run away from home at times. Both my kids were typical strong-willed children whose endless litany of “whys” would have tried the patience of Job and whose tireless arguments could outwit a lawyer and wear down a judge.

Strong -willed kids move at their own pace. As a kindergartener, Seth took an hour to eat half a sandwich and as a teen, Erin needed two hours to get her make-up on—all while my husband and I chomped at the bit to GET MOVING!!!

Strong-willed children like to make their own rules and often ignore warnings they don’t want to hear. These characteristics certainly made for some stormy times with our kids over the years. By the grace and guidance of God, we all survived those growing pains with no one being arrested.J

But the truth is, I wouldn’t want our kids to be any other way.

God has coalesced and congealed those strong-willed traits that challenged my husband and I while raising our kids, into admirable, enviable qualities in our son and daughter. Seth and Erin have become responsible, independent, caring adults. They step up to the plate and do whatever needs done—even when what needs done is difficult or unpleasant. They make the hard decisions, they brave the backlash of going against what’s popular, and they know what needs to take priority in life. Their backbone of faith in God guides and comforts them. I thank the LORD that they are resourceful, courageous, and compassionate individuals—and I couldn’t be prouder of them.

Are you raising a strong-willed child and wondering at times, Can a parent run away from home? Be encouraged. God created your child with His purposes in mind. (Ephesian 2:10) He has wonderful, prosperous plans for your budding philosopher, amateur lawyer and pint-sized arbitrator. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Be encouraged!

©2017 Pamela D. Williams