31 Days of Parenting Littles: Stuck
Sometimes you just get STUCK. Usually, by the grace of God, it's with one child at a time (at least in my limited experience), but there are times when a situation arises and you've just tried EVERYTHING, but nothing is changing. Maybe it's sleeping through the night- I know a lot of parents come up against that one first. (We didn't- we simply didn't expect our kids to sleep.) Maybe it's potty training. We were stuck on that one for almost 2 years. We tried EVERYTHING. Seriously. Everything. "But have you...?" Offered rewards? Made him clean up? Made no big deal of it? Made a huge deal of it? Charted? I promise you- YES. It just wasn't happening. And so eventually we just left it. And you know what? He's potty trained now. And we didn't really do much in the end- at least not much of anything that really helped. It was something he developmentally had to be ready for on his own, and no matter how we tried to hurry that along, it wasn't help to him. (Just like sleeping through the night, but that's a story for another day.) Anyway, when you get stuck, two things help. Praying and waiting. Let God worry about it.