This article on 7 strategies to combat, I mean to address, complaining kids captivated my attention. I have been a tough mom, admittedly. I am better now but I was and still consider myself to be strict and stern. My kids don’t complain too much around me at all, because a chore or some tough love will inevitably follow. I found that with my husband it’s a different story. He is a big ol’ tough– teddybear. They complain to him a lot, so I am diving into this post for some help.
I love this quote from Intoxicated on Life that read:
It’s tempting to target behavior. “Just make it stop!” But the better solution isn’t the quick fix, because complaining is a fruit, not a root.
Goodness, that hit home and hit me hard. Were my kids complaining because of what they have witnessed me do in the past? Having kids who complain often requires constant guidance and needs to be dealt with from the root, not the outward expression. It is easy to brush off complaints from our kids until they get too much and we react.
Intoxicated on Life really helps us to delve into the root causes of why a child’s first reaction is to complain. Then you will find some perfectly laid out actions to work through complaining in your home straight from God’s good Word and guidance.
Don’t miss out on this spot on insight to address complaining children with 7 parenting strategies from Intoxicated on Life.