This post was written by Angela Anagnost-Repke and originally appeared on her Facebook page.
“Strong-willed kids are a lot. It’s as though they were born to not only rock the boat, but crash it into an iceberg.
Yes, they’re a lot—of everything.
Their voice ricochets off of walls and it’s surprising glass doesn’t shatter.
If you take out their batteries, they still run wildly—literally never running out of energy.
Their emotions are more colorful than any rainbow.
They are more persistent than an old, grumpy bull.
They were born with an opinion—about everything.
Parenting one of these tiny torpedoes is grueling…because they’re a lot.
But after parenting (or trying to at least) one of these feisty little darlings, I’ve also learned that they need a lot.
Of our time,
Space to jump, run, and tumble,
Silence to make their own decisions,
Hugs and kisses,
Sometimes giving all of this, and more, to our strong-willed child is not only exhausting, but also feels overwhelming.
We feel guilty.
The stress-filled knots in our shoulders grow tighter each day.
And worse, we think we’re failing.
Yes, the strong-willed child is a lot. And they need a lot.
But if we just continue to give them our best (even though that may look different on some days), just think about what they will grow up and give to the world.
It’s something I am willing to bet will be worth the struggle.
Because our strong-willed kids, they weren’t just born to rock the boat, they were born to build a new one.”