Strong willed children need stronger-willed parents.
You are the parent for a reason….
Wisdom (again, hopefully)
Relationship with the LORD
and knowledge about the world
that your child does not have.
Let that sink in. Really deeply.[dropshadowbox align=”right” effect=”lifted-both” width=”300px” height=”” background_color=”#fefd9f” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]When dealing with strong willed children, you have GOT to be a stronger-willed parent b/c you really do know best for them. – TWEET THIS[/dropshadowbox]
God has made you the parent to lead your child in the way that he/she SHOULD go (Proverbs 22:6)… and you as the parent are to determine what that way is (with the LORD’s help).
You have to be convinced of that when dealing with your strong willed children.
When your child exerts their strong will…
They are doing so out of…
Foolishness (Proverbs 22:15)
No relationship with the LORD (probably, depending on their age)
Little knowledge about the world
Who is best equipped to make choices about their well-being? Them or you? – The answer should be clear.
All I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t let your child run the show just because it’s hard to deal with them pushing back on your authority. You are responsible to guide them, to train them up in the way they should go… which means you should assess what that way is and be proactive in seeing that it happens. Part of that training will be equipping them to begin making their own wise decisions – in time, and as they are capable.
When you are dealing with strong willed children, you have GOT to be a stronger-willed parent… because you really do know best for them.by