A couple of weeks ago, I check out the book The New Strong Willed Child by Dr. James Dobson from the library in hopes of getting some insight on how to discipline my stubborn and willful 2-year-old son. I was too exhausted rearing this strong willed child to open the book earlier, but his outbreak today before, during and after story time was enough to make me come straight home, cancel today’s play date, and sit him down to lunch while I tried to search out answers.
If you aren’t familiar with Dr. James Dobson, his Focus on the Family talk show was something I was raised on, probably while my own mother was struggling with raising her own strong willed child (ahem, not me, of course). His faith-based approach to family relationships is enlightening and inspiring, and it helps to know that it’s not always the parent’s fault that a child is unruly. Of course, the parent has an important and irreplaceable role in guiding and disciplining their child. I’m not trying to make light of that. But some children are naturally more mild mannered and complacent than others. I don’t have another child to show proof of this, but the differences between my brother and sister are pretty evident.
As I continue delving into this book in search for answers, I plan to post more of the practical advice and comfort that I find. If you also have a strong willed child and have tips to share, please do. In the meantime, God bless your strong willed child.