I have a friend who says this about parenting her strong-willed child, “She has a lot of great qualities. It’s just challenging to parent her.” 

I love how she put that for two reasons:

1) She starts with stating the positive about her child and the great qualities she has.

2) She states that the challenge is the action of parenting her…the challenge is not her child.

I think there’s a lot to be said about how we think about and talk about someone. Sometimes the tiniest adjustments can make the biggest difference!

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