It’s amazing how different children can be. After we had our first child, I thought I had learned all about being a parent. Then our second child came along, and she was nothing like our first.
When I was disciplining, I could give one of those ugly-face looks (something that looks like Attila the Hun raised from the dead), and my firstborn would respond immediately. But when I tried using that same look on my second daughter, it came back to me good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.
I learned that dealing with her required a different approach.
Every child is unique and each may have to be taught, trained, disciplined, and affirmed a little differently.
Taking the time to understand and learn each child’s personality and individual needs will be a great benefit both to you and to the child as you train them up to be everything God created them to be.
Once you realize each child is different, you can begin to help them find their God-given gift.
THE TAKE AWAY
On days when it feels like too much to figure out what each child needs and why, go to God. He promised to give you wisdom when you ask (James 1:5). He gave you these children and has called you specifically to be their parent. You can’t fail when you parent using God’s Word as your guide!