‘Don’t Try to Raise a Good Kid’ — Lysa TerKeurst On Parenting a ’Strong-Spirited’ Child

Lysa TerKeurst

Mamas, if you’re not already following Lysa TerKeurst on social media, consider this your homework for today. The Proverbs 31 Ministries Founder and President is always sharing little nuggets about life, love, faith, and parenting, and ladies — you cannot afford to miss out on the wisdom God has gifted her with.

Recently, Lysa TerKeurst took to Facebook with a message to the mom who is raising a ‘strong-spirited’ child.

Having raised 5 children of her own, this mama has been there. She’s walked through these trenches, and she knows how challenging it can be.

“I remember the days of crying all the way home from play dates feeling sure I was the worst mom in the world because my toddler could not be contained,” she writes. “She was so determined. So independent. So insistent.”

Raising a strong-spirited child can be challenging. Trust me. I know.

I remember the days of crying all the way home…

Posted by Lysa TerKeurst on Saturday, February 1, 2020

As a mom who now has adult children—who made it through the trenches of having a strong-spirited child, Lysa offers up some advice to the mama who is struggling.

“Those things that might aggravate you about your child today? Those might be the very things, when matured, that will make them great for God’s Kingdom tomorrow,” she writes. “Keep loving them. Keep praying for them. Keep leading them.”

Lysa then listed three “simple mothering perspectives” that God graciously gave her in raising her own children, with the hope that other parents would hold onto the same Truths.

1. Don’t take too much credit for their good.

2. Don’t take too much credit for their bad.

3. Don’t try to raise a good child. Raise a God-following adult.

“Take heart, sweet parents pouring your hearts and lives out daily … you’re doing better than you think you are!”

Follow Lysa TerKeurst and Proverbs 31 Ministries on Facebook today. You will not regret it!


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