I have three children and a dog. I am certain that 2 of my 3 are strong willed. I am highly suspicious that our Golden Retriever is as well or at least she has willful tendencies. I am strong willed and my husband is strong willed, so I am fully aware that my children completely come by this trait, or should I say strength ;) naturally.
Even though I am strong willed, I have been struggling the past few months with my younger two children. More often than not I have found myself simply saying "No", yelling, and not being an effective parent. I have been concerned at what I've seen in myself, but felt exhausted.
I'm still tired, but not exhausted and burned out like I was last week. I feel like God has really helped me reset my thinking about my children and how I see my job as their mom. Last Thursday, I started reading a book titled The Journey of a Strong Willed Child by Kendra Smiley. On the first page, I only underlined one sentence. On the next, five...and on the next, ten. With each page I read, I felt like the piece of what I'd been observing in my children were finally finding a way to fit together in my brain.
I'm going to be writing a thorough review of the book tomorrow and I look forward to writing about all of the pieces that this book has helped me fit together!