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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
This article is really well written and easy to relate to! It can be found in its full text here on Mom Life Today and is titled, "A Strong-Willed Child and a Single Mom". This article by Sue Birdseye describes a regular mom who is learning that her children may not always want to do things her way, but she knows that through Christ she will find the strength to be the best possible mom!

"I learned a valuable lesson this week – I learned that my strong-willed daughter likes to do things her way.  I know, I know… duh!   She’s number 5 so you’d think I’d have at least some of the obvious parenting things worked out.  Alas, each child stretches me more and more … and more.

It is almost funny to look at how I viewed each of my children as strong-willed now that I have an actual, honest-to-goodness strong-willed child.  Boy was I naïve!  And I’ll tell you that training and disciplining a strong-willed child could be an Olympic sport!

My daughter could test the mettle of any warrior … exhaust the most seasoned marathoner … twist any gymnast up in knots … and throw any diver into a tailspin.  She is challenging beyond anything I could have imagined … and I love her fiercely!

I have learned that fewer words are necessary with her … actually fewer words are imperative.  Shutting my mouth is SO difficult!  I just want to make sure she understands.  I feel the need to explain everything, remind, cajole, beg, and basically make her give up simply from the weight of all my words.

Actually none of my children need the number of words I tend to use with them.  I know that from the glazed expressions.  There is a verse, “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.”  (Proverbs 10:19)  I’d prefer to be wise rather than sinful any day.  Unfortunately, my natural tendency is NOT to bridle my tongue.

Many of us have read the account of the Proverbs 31 woman … and been terribly dismayed by our lack of ability to fulfill that role.  I am learning to take great delight in the possibility that with Christ I can indeed be like this amazing woman … or at least headed in the right direction.  This week I believe I’m to focus on, “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”  (Proverbs 31:26)"

Again you can find this well written piece over at Mom Life Today by clicking here

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