Saturday, October 3, 2009
The Terrible Almost Twos!
I'll be talking to another mom about her children, and usually I will hear, "Well, my oldest is my laid back one, but my younger one is definitely strong-willed" or "My daughter is strong-willed, but my other two were so easy!" And what am I thinking in my own head? Something like this: laid back? easy? Out of the two kids I have, BOTH are strong-willed!
When we had our first daughter, I was certain she was my "strong-willed" one. And, she still is difficult at times. However, upon the arrival of our youngest daughter into the almost-two stage, she may be even more strong-willed than the first! I feel like I spent most of the last month disciplining her. Much of the day I found myself saying, "Don't hit your sister." "Don't kick your sister." "Did you just bite... YOUR SISTER?!"
It seemed as though she just wanted to be mean, and I was wondering if the punishments did anything. Then, we started praying for her, that God would change her heart. My oldest would pray for her, I would pray for her... And the Lord is faithful! This past week was much better. Through the Lord's grace, I saw my little one hug her older sister, when she would have hit her. I heard her say, "Sorry, Au-Au (Autumn)" before I told her she had to. Is she a perfect angel now? Definitely not. However, the progress makes me hopeful. It's amazing how little my faith is, and how great our God is... a God who hears what seemed to be such a little prayer!