Key Verse: Verse 21 – "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
Key Words: to die is gain
Does it appear to you that your child tends to forget everything you say, or maybe they ignore everything you say?
Isn’t it amazing how if you have three children they are all so different in their temperament and personality? One cries when you simply look firm at them, another cries when you discipline them, and the third – well, they never cry and seem to defy your authority. We call them the strong-willed child.
When energy was given out, does it seem as though your child got an extra portion? Does the word NO not compute in your child’s mind? Does it appear that your child will one day be the captain of the debate team? Does your child resent such things as bedtime and meal times? When you look up the word persistent in the dictionary, is there a picture of your child there? Does it appear that your child intentionally attempts to annoy people? Does the thought of going shopping with your child cause you to wake up during the night in a cold sweat?
If you answered yes to more than half of these questions, congratulations! You have a spirited, strong-willed child.
How can you help guide the strong-willed child? Maybe a good way to begin is by letting you know what your child is really saying.
- “Look at me!” What they are really saying is, “Please give me some attention.”
- “You can’t make me!” What it really means is, “Give me some boundaries.”
- “I hate you!” What they are really saying is, “I’m frustrated.”
- “I’m a big kid!” What it really means is, “Give me some options.”
- “Did I do good?” What they are really saying is, “Please find some positives in me.”
So I challenge you, don’t quit. Stick by the stuff. One day it will be worth it all.
What to do:
✞ Let others see Jesus in you, not just in life but in death as well.
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