relationship with Him we learn to embrace that which we thought to be a thorn.
You may be reading this right now
with a dubious expression, but stick with
me. Let’s start with our stubborn little
six-year-old, who can send you into orbit over his spelling words or picking up
his action figures from the couch. Within
this little teachable heart, his obstinance
is merely the seed for persistence and
determination. Strong-willed children
need a correct understanding of authority in their lives. Teach them who their
authorities are: God, parents, teachers,
adult leaders, and law enforcement officers. Once the question of who is in
charge is settled, they are free to express
their tenacity in a positive and healthy
manner. Encourage them to see the task
they face as a challenge that defeats them
when they walk away from it, and inspire
them to persevere in the face of difficulty.
In case you are wondering, my little
six-year-old is now an uncompromising
young man who tackles things head-on.
With a strong foundation, these children
do not depart easily from their beliefs
and intentions. The iron-willed founding
fathers of our great nation were probably
once headstrong children whose mothers
sighed heavily on a daily basis.
Daydreamers love to retreat into an
inner world of long rambling walks
along rabbit trails that only they can see,
neglecting the task at hand and leaving
mom stunned when she returns in an
hour to find that only the first two exercises of ten have been completed. God
uses dreamers to provide the world with
innovation and beauty; they are the creative force behind every advance mankind knows. Steve Jobs of Apple® fame
is an example of a stellar daydreamer.
He believed anything you could dream
was possible, and regardless of how you
feel about his life or his products, he
changed the world with his inventions.
Your little dreamers need to be taught
responsibility and to harness their
imaginations. They are naturally curious
and spend a lot of time pondering ques-
tions that frequently begin with: What
if? A dreamer should be a manager of
his time so that he can actually put to
use the wonderful ideas sprouting from
the fertile garden of his mind. A strong
work ethic will make this child a true joy
to watch as he makes his plans become
reality. Although free time is important
for everyone, dreamers thrive when they
have the liberty to exercise their gift!
Slow and steady wins the race—or so
they say. Each day, Cassidy finished her
last assignment long after her siblings
had closed their books. Her small, careful
penmanship slowly filled the pages, and
she sat bent over her books with a serious
expression. Her mother chided her not to
be so slow as an hour turned into two for
a simple grammar lesson. This leisurely
poking along—quite a maddening trait
to most busy moms—may actually be
shaped into a virtue as well. Sometimes
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Once the question of who is in charge is settled, they are free to
express their tenacity in a positive and healthy manner.