This morning, Laura finished her breakfast and yelled, “MOMMY!” in her loudest I’m in charge voice. I said, “Be patient, Laura.” She screamed back at me, “NOOOOOO!” (She’s not even two yet.) I said, “Laura, you need to say, Yes, Ma’am.” “Yes, Ma’am,” she said, in a very sweet voice. And then she sat there quietly until I decided it was time for her to get down from her chair.
Dear sister, fellow mom- Don’t let your sweet little dictator rule you. What she needs is to be lovingly, firmly led. She needs to learn to obey. You must never let her have her own way when it goes against what you tell her. Do not be afraid of hurting her feelings or making her cry. Is it love to let her grow into a willful child or adult who will not obey God, and must suffer the consequences? You are loving her when you make her obey. It is the best thing for her soul. She has got to see that God is in charge no matter what she thinks about it. The only way she can see that is if you model that for her. That is why God put you in her life. To point to Him. Not all little ones respond so easily, but keep on doing the good work you are doing. Keep persevering in training, teaching, discipling, and disciplining–always in love. God sees the good work you do in secret. He is ever ready to strengthen you for the task. His grace is sufficient, even when your energy is low. Keep always on your knees before Him and He will hear and answer when you pray. He will help you have self-control, patience, and loving affection, and will give you wisdom in every situation you face.
One day your children will rise up and call you blessed. One day you will hear the Father say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Don’t give up.