Journey of a Strong-Willed Child

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You can Parent Like a Pro with Kendra and John Smiley! Readers will be familiar with Kendra's strong-willed child, Aaron, from Aaron's Way. Updated and refreshed, this book brings to life and light the challenges of rearing a child who wants to do things his or her own way. Resident Dad John Smiley lends his insights on the father's role in a willful child's discipline, and Aaron--now grown--adds his unique perspective.
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You can Parent Like a Pro with Kendra and John Smiley! Readers will be familiar with Kendra's strong-willed child, Aaron, from Aaron's Way. Updated and refreshed, this book brings to life and light the challenges of rearing a child who wants to do things his or her own way. Resident Dad John Smiley lends his insights on the father's role in a willful child's discipline, and Aaron--now grown--adds his unique perspective.
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Journey of a Strong-Willed Child reveals the heart, mind, and soul of the child that came into the world singing, 'I Did it My Way.' You'll laugh, nod madly in agreement, and perhaps, like me, find yourself racing to the side of your own 'Aaron' and whispering a prayer of thanks for this one so uniquely created.
-Julie Ann Barnhill, mother of a strong-willed child and bestselling author of She's Gonna Blow and One Tough Mother

Alongside his mom's wisdom and his dad's insight, Aaron Smiley's enlightening viewpoint alone is worth the price of the book!"
-Charlene Ann Baumbich, author of Don't Miss Your Kids, 365 Ways to Connect with Your Kids, and the Dearest Dorothy series

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802443533
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Pages: 135
  • Sales rank: 997,069
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

KENDRA SMILEY, named Illinois Mother of the Year in 2001, hosts a daily radio program, Live Life Intentionally, and speaks nationally and internationally. She graduated with highest honors from the University of Illinois then went on to earn her Master of Science from University of North Dakota.

She has written more than half a dozen books including High Wire Mom and Empowering Choices. She and her husband are co-authors of Do Your Kids a Favor...Love Your Spouse and Journey of a Strong-Willed Child. Kendra has also written numerous magazine articles, contributed to several books, and currently writes a monthly column for Hearts at Home magazine.

Kendra and her husband, John, live in East Lynn, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Aaron and Others

1. The Journey Begins: Birth to Pre-Kindergarten

2. Avoiding The Discipline Detour

3. The Journey Continues: Kindergarten to Grade Six

4. Assumptions vs. Actualities

5. The Junior High Journey

6. Determining the Desired Destination

7. The Journey Goes On: High School

8. Encouragers and Discouragers

9. It Goes On and On: College and Beyond

Conclusion: Do You See What I See?

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    Exhausted? Read this book!

    Last week, the Journey of a Strong Willed Child by... Kendra Smiley with Dr. Aaron Smiley (her son) and John Smiley (the resident Dad) arrived. I had been looking forward to the arrival of this book for obvious reasons (my burnout and frustration). I was not disappointed! I was so blessed by this book!
    In the introduction, Ms. Smiley stated all of the things that I have come to believe about strong willed children (and adults). These things include the reality that strong willed children do not want to be controlled by others. This chapter didn't include anything I hadn't heard or read before, but her tone is hopeful--something that all parents of strong willed children need to be and that we often struggle to be! After the introduction, the book is basically broken down into age groups (0 to 5, elementary, junior high, and then high school). As I began the second chapter about children 0 to 5, I read her description strong willed children. Basically, if you give a strong willed child a line, tell them not to cross it, and explain the consequences if they do (and they know you will follow through), then they will cross that line many times after reviewing the consequences. At the end of the chapter is a note from Aaron, her son, and her husband. Both perspectives are eye opening! Aaron makes some very insightful observations, as does John. Dads will especially enjoy these notes, I think.
    There is an old proverb that it is better to teach a person how to fish so that they might eat for a lifetime, rather than giving them a fish that will only feed them for one meal. In What I began to see in this book as I read through the second chapter is that this book is a framework for how to parent strong willed children, but it is not a formula. It is not going to give you a quick fix. It will help you see your child, or in my case children, more accurately. It will help you realize that your child is not targeting you, but rather testing you. Testing you over and over and over.... I have heard this in my daughter's voice. She knows that she causes her dad and me pain over her refusal to eat dinner and she doesn't relish it, but she often doesn't want to (and won't) eat what's put before her either. I think she is testing me and my husband. She wants control over what she eats and when she eats it. We are pretty structured about meals and I generally make very kid friendly meals, but they aren't her choice--so she's not in control of choosing what's going to be on her plate.
    I felt that as I read this book that the train of my mind was put back on track. There are things that I've believed, but had begun to doubt. I didn't believe that my daughter was targeting me with her behavior, but when I would get upset I'd begun to take things personally. Maybe you're in that place, too. When we remind ourselves that they are testing us, we are able to more easily not take their actions personally and be unemotional about disciplining our children. It's not about us. It's about them. Parenting strong willed children is a 24/7 job. They are high maintenance and once we realize they always will be, we can gear up and not expect things to be easier! As Ms. Smiley says in one of the chapters, it is not a sprint, but a marathon.
    I am thankful that the Smileys wrote this book. I am thankful that I am growing in my parenting. I am thankful that my heart and mind no longer feel exhausted and discouraged by my two strong willed children! But, most of all, I am

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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