I have a 3 year old nephew named Jay. He is the cutest little guy around, but he has a serious stubborn streak.
I tend to be a little overly critical of my nephew behavior but I can do that, because my girls were perfect little angels at his age.......or were they? Could it be possible that I have forgotten what it was like to parent a 3 year old?
Well, surprise......I have! I just realized that I am totally guilty of looking back at my own children's behavior with Rose colored glasses on.
Not only was my lovely daughter Reid stubborn as a toddler but she is still stubborn!
Her most embarrassing stubborn moment came when she was eight and refused to let the nurse give her a shot. Long story short, after about 15 minutes of my daughter freaking out the Doctor and her two nurses gave up trying to give her the shot and said they would try again at her next well check.
That day the Pediatrician said to me, "Stubborn children may be difficult to parent, but their personality type will serve them well as an adult."
I shared this piece of wisdom with my brother on Christmas day after one of Jay's stubborn moments. My Bro looked at me and said, "How can being stubborn ever be a good thing.'?
You know.......I had to think about it, because I didn't think to ask the Doctor to clarify her statement (I just wanted to get the hell out of the office).
I look at Reid now and I see a very self confident strong willed teenager who is much more likely to lead than to follow. She has a good head on her shoulders and she doesn't usually do things just because everyone else is.
I have a hard time imagining anyone trying to persuade her to do something she doesn't think is right. So if that is what being stubborn brings you when you are a teen, then I think I'll take it.
Now I'm putting my Rose colored glasses back on to tell you that my two girls really are perfect in every way! Really, they are. :)
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