Are you the parent of a strong-willed child? Maybe you WERE a strong-willed child.
Yep, that would be me. Strong-willed child. Strong-willed parent. Survivor of a strong-willed offspring.
I grew up hearing the story that encapsulated my own strong-willed nature. I was almost three and decided I didn’t want to remain in my big girl bed. After trying numerous softer tactics, it was time to draw a line in the sand. My parents explained that if I got out of bed again, I would be spanked.
And thus began round one of a double-digit prize fight. My dad would tuck me in bed, remind me of the directive and the consequences, and walk out of the room. He’d stay beside the door and hope I chose to obey. Over and over again, I got up and began playing with toys. Over and over again, he entered the room, fulfilled his promise, and offered a new chance to obey.
Are you smiling at the way I framed that? He fulfilled his promise. Yes, the promise was that if I got out of bed, I would be spanked. While he kept his promise, my mom stood in the shadows and cried.
Eventually, I wore out and dad won.
And 20+ years later ~ I was the one crying and the one worn out.
I know a thing or two about strong-willed children.
I was one. I raised one.
And I have a little hope for you, sister!
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