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Embracing Your Strong-Willed Child

Most families will have at least one kid they consider strong willed. They are the ones who love to have their own opinions. When given two choices they may come up with a third…happens often in the Talley house. I offer A or B and they will pick C….every. single. time.

Embracing your strong willed child

They don’t like to feel pinned in….they feel there are so many other options to choose from that I just haven’t thought of yet. I know strong willed kids have gotten a bad rap in the past. Their personalities have been described in a negative tone, but I think they are amazing.

These are the kids that will grow up to be the ones who have breakthrough simply because they will not give up…ever. They will change the world because of their tenacity. They will take a dreamers dream and make it a reality. They will think outside the box. And not only that…they will create a whole new box on the other side of the room that is bigger and better and a different color. Oh how I love strong-willed kids!!!

They are made exactly…EXACTLY…the way God intended them to be. They may be a challenge from time to time. They may need guidance…a lot of the time, but they are strong for a reason. Let them grow in that strength so they can be all the God wants them to be.

As I was pondering this whole idea of strong-willed kids, something occurred to me. Jesus was a strong willed child too!! The life he lived was very unconventional. He lived outside the box! He needed to have a strong will to live the life he lived. He needed that will to make it to the cross. He was determined to set us free. And I, for one, am grateful that Jesus had that strong will to be obedient to the end.

So let’s embrace our strong willed kids.

Let’s celebrate their unique contribution to this world. They are world changers.

They were born for such a time as this!

Jennifer Talley

Jennifer Talley

Jen Talley has been married for 19 years and is Mom to two boys and two girls ages 14 12, 10 and 7. Her youngest was adopted from China in 2008. Jen and her husband are the Family Life Pastors at WellSpring Revival Center in Albany, Georgia. She is passionate about seeing God heal broken marriages and restore families. She loves to bake, read and spend time with her husband and four amazing world changers.
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6 Responses to Embracing Your Strong-Willed Child

  1. Emma December 22, 2015 at 3:55 am #

    Love this description: “When given two choices they may come up with a third…happens often in the Talley house. I offer A or B and they will pick C….every. single. time.” Perfectly describes my daughter, too! Since I’m so shy, I delight that she has such strong opinions and the need to express them! Thanks for sharing at the Thoughtful Spot!

    • Jen Talley December 22, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

      Thank you, Emily….they keep us on our toes don’t they! Free-thinkers:-)

  2. Charlie December 16, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    “They will take a dreamers dream and make it a reality.” I love that!

    • Jen Talley December 16, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

      Thank you for your comment:-) I love that God knew us dreamers would need them!

  3. Jen Talley December 16, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    Thand you, Amanda! I so appreciate God dropping that little gem in my heart. A strong will is a Christ like quality…..:-)

  4. Amanda B. December 16, 2015 at 8:58 am #

    When I hear the term “strong-willed child,” there is one in my household that always comes to mind. I knew she would be the one when I found out I was expecting and I learned my due date was my birthday. She couldn’t be anything different than me 🙂 I have learned to embrace her inner strength, but I had never considered that it is a Christ-like quality. Thank you for that. It makes those tough days a little easier. Merry Christmas!

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