I have a very spirited child. He is unique and wild in every way. I love this about him, but it also drives me to the brink of insanity. He is fearless. I am not. It leads you to question your parenting skills and abilities time and time again. BUT I’ve come to realise we are not alone, not at all.
Do you have a spirited, wild child? Does any of the following sound familiar?…
The Spirited Child…
They break the boundaries and don’t look back.
They leap without looking and thrive on looking down.
They are drawn to chaos and feel peaceful when messiest.
They fervently listen but do the opposite to what’s expected.
They love adrenaline rushes despite the consequences it may lead to.
They drive you to the edge of insanity but then entice you back in with a well timed snuggle and cheeky smile.
They defy every notion you hold of a child and their behaviour, yet their individuality is what makes them so adorable.
They live for the moment and instant gratification is more desired than a promise of later luxury.
They see the ‘wet paint’ sign but have to check its truth.
They hear you say something is hot but they need first hand experience of the temperature just to clarify it in their own minds.
They hear the words ‘No more!’ but they have to do it one more time.
They understand patience but not how to practice it.
They understand bath foam is to clean yourself with but they eat it anyway.
They think with their body and not with their brains.
Their nature is strong willed, and stubborn, and fierce.
The future is in their hands, they do not fear.
They leave you exasperated, astounded, surprised, fearful, and often in despair.
They are the future. A strong, bold future.
Their ‘wild’ is their biggest strength.
Their ‘spiritedness’ is their super power.
Sound familiar? Buckle down momma. Sit tight Daddy. You’re in for one helluva ride.
Choose your battles, but never battle their spirit. They’re gonna need that spirit. The world out there is tough.
It’s gonna be hard. It already is hard. BUT their spirit is evolving, and time will do the taming.
You’re not a failure, you’re privileged to be raising up a world changer.