Thursday, August 19, 2010


The past week, we've had a harder time than usual with Addison. By now we know she's extremely strong-willed.. But this last week we've had it a bit rough. Two nights ago I laid in bed and prayed that I could just accept her for who she is... Essentially my mini-me. She's exactly like me in 100s of ways, from the shape of her eyebrows to her need to scream to let tension out.

For those who don't know what it's like to have a strong-willed child, take this advice from me... Don't judge people who do. Until we had Sam we were convinced it was 100% our parenting that caused an unruly child. Now that we've parented two, we are 100% convinced it's not all us.

In an act of just getting away mentally I started reading some of my favorite blogs.  And found this.  Hope it helps someone else try to accept their kid too.

My heart goes to kindergarten


Jenny said...

Why did you post that link?! I'm sitting at my desk crying like a crazy person! I can't believe how big our kids are getting.

Nicole - Life in Progress said...

I LOVED that post of Missy's. I'm learning (slowly) how important it is to accept my kids for who they are and not try to make them who I think they should be. It's hard, isn't it? I've also learned that not absolutely everything they do and say is a reflection of my parenting....a shocking realization for a control freak like myself!

Sandra R. Vigil said...

Awww, I love that post!! I love your prayer Steph! We do need to love our children, and anyone for that matter, exactly how they are right now. Love them in their tantrums, love them when we feel like we're going nuts and when they're being sweet as pie. It's part of parenting that no one tells you about.

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