My lovely Bless this Mess friends and readers, thank you for letting me share one of my favorite Emilys with you today! Emily and I met in college when our choice of major (we were both in Recreational Management and Youth Leadership at BYU) brought us together. Thanks to the wonder of the interwebs we’ve been able to stay in contact. I’ve admired her beauty inside and out for years and have asked to her to write for Bless this Mess for you and I both to learn from and enjoy. You are going to love all of the helpful and thoughtful things she has in store!
I, too, have some very strong-willed children and thought these pieces of advice were timely and very actionable. Take it away Emily!
The strong-willed child. We all know one. Sometimes she comes packaged with more negative labels, but I choose to call her “strong-willed”. This little human you love is fighting for independence. Her personality is larger than life. Some things she says with words, and/or non-verbals – “I’m BIG” and “I can do it by myself!” and “I won’t be told”. We like strong-willed. This is a good thing, but in the moment, for the worn out and weary, it just doesn’t feel like it! Here are a few tips to guiding this strong will so you don’t end up wrestling with it!