Encouragement for parents who are raising strong-willed children. Parenting advice, hope for moms and dads, Scripture-based inspiration.

What parents of strong-willed children need to hear

Are you the parent of a strong-willed child? Maybe you WERE a strong-willed child.

Or both.

Yep, that would be me. Strong-willed child. Strong-willed parent. Survivor of a strong-willed offspring.

Are you the parent of a strong-willed child? Maybe you WERE a strong-willed child. Or both. 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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Encouragement for parents who are raising strong-willed children. Parenting advice, hope for moms and dads, Scripture-based inspiration.


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  1. Leslie Verner

    Loved this and shared your 31 days post on this topic on facebook (I’m doing a series as well, but found this by linking up with Count My Blessings). I have a 3 year old who is very strong-willed, so it was so encouraging to read your words today–thank you!

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      Christi

      Thank you! I’m so glad I could send a little encouragement to your mama heart. That’s important stuff you’re doing, sweet sister. But that doesn’t mean you always feel like it. We moms need to stick together and when you get further down the line, look back and sprinkle some encouragement for those coming behind you :) … I know you will ~ sounds like you’ve already started!

  2. Donna Reidland

    As the mother of one strong willed child and the grandmother of another, I can attest to the fact that faithfulness and consistency are so important! I can’t wait to finish the story. Visiting from Tai’s linkup.

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