Monday Motivation (Competition or Stewards?)

3.5.18) kids aren't competition- souls to steward- featured

Here’s the deal: I used to be an angry mom. I took every act of disobedience as a personal attack against me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still no where near perfect, but these days I’m a lot less stressed and offended.

I USED to think “If I don’t make a big deal of my toddler’s defiance they’re going to always be defiant, and before I know it she’ll be in juvie. I have to stop this bad behavior RIGHT NOW.” But ……..
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Through the help of multiple resources (mainly Connected Families and Mom Struggling Well) I’ve learned that my over-reactions caused my kid to focus on MY behavior, NOT THEIRS.
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I’m no where near perfect in staying calm, but I wanted to encourage all of us to reframe our thoughts. Not only for our kids’ sakes, but for ours as well!

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Let’s not see our kids as competition but as souls to steward.

Souls that have been ENTRUSTED to us.
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Souls that aren’t out to get us, BUT to be SHAPED… OVER TIME not overnight.

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Give you, and your children, the gift of seeing parenthood as a fun challenging journey rather than a competition or battle where there’s a winner and a loser.
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I highly recommend the book or audio book “Discipline That Connects With Your Child’s Heart” by Jim & Lynne Jackson. They’ve given me the resources to lovingly hold my children accountable for their behavior without there being a shouting match.
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So there’s my thought of the day and what’s helped me recently. What has helped you reframe your mindset towards your children?
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