“My child just won’t listen to me!” Does anyone relate to this statement? I remember the moments of frustration with my own children in their younger years — when I clearly stated an instruction and I was either ignored or it began a battle full of negative emotions. It can feel exhausting and defeating.
While these frustrating moments will certainly occur as you raise your child and help them learn to respond positively to instruction, the negative patterns do not need to be your normal. I have found a few helpful tools along the parenting journey that have helped to create calm and happy compliance which makes for a content home!
The potential scenarios for a “battle” with your child occur throughout your whole day: bed time, dinner time, getting ready for a school day, screen time, clean up time… and the list goes on. Much of the frustration occurs during transitional moments in your child’s day when we are asking them to stop one activity and move to another. If you consider your child’s day, you will soon realize they are given a lot of instruction and have little control about the timing or activity of their day. Some children’s temperaments are more able to handle transitions, disappointment and follow adult instruction; however, all children at some point face situations or emotions that they need help navigating.
Some tips for success:
Sometimes your child is just too tired and it’s not going to go well. You can draw a line under those moments and try again another time. However, consistently implementing the strategies above gives you and your child tools for more frequent success.
Do not feel inadequate or defeated. Raising young children is exhausting work and sometimes feels thankless. Be Encouraged. You are doing a great job! You really are. God has given you your child to raise and along with that gift He offers His grace.
At TPK we are glad to support your parenting journey. Please reach out if you have any questions or just a need to come by our office and get some encouragement and a cup of tea. We are here for you!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”- Jeremiah 29:11
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