Feeling Cheated? Why We Need to Change Our Attitude Toward the Challenging Child

Have you ever wondered why God gave you this child?   That question has weighed heavily on my mind lately as I reevaluate my expectations as a Mom and try to figure out the best ways to train our strong-willed children. When you go out to dinner as a family, do you notice that the families around you have young children who sit in their seats with their hands folded, politely eat their meals making minimal mess, and talk at a normal volume while their parents are enjoying a real … [Read more...]

Are You Suffering From Parent Burnout?

Frustrated MotherDo you find yourself yelling at your kids instead of calmly instructing them?Have snappy, sarcastic words become a normal part of your vocabulary?Do your children fear you, and I don't mean "fear" as in "respect"?Do they hit the deck when they see that look in your eyes?Are you ever afraid you just might lose it?If you answered "yes" to any or all of these questions {FYI, I did}, then you just might be on the verge of parent burnout.In my previous post, I mentioned that one … [Read more...]

Parenting Isn’t for Cowards: Training Strong-Willed Children

 I just finished reading James Dobson's Parenting Isn't for Cowards. For the second time.Yes, we've been having a bit of trouble with our girls lately. Maybe it's the new baby. Maybe it's the fact that the bigger girls are now roomies. Maybe it's their ages. Or maybe it's the fact that they're both so strong-willed.Whatever it is, their whining, blatant disobedience, temper tantrums, and continual meltdowns have left their daddy and me desperate. Seriously, if there were such a thing as boot … [Read more...]