Mothers know how to nurture and pamper their children. This natural tendency often makes it difficult to rebuke or discipline our children. We do not want to hurt their feelings or break their fragile hearts. We want to be their friend and parent. What a difficult task!
As the little one continues to assert his independence, I do find myself struggling to set boundaries while following his lead for the purpose of healthy social-emotional development. Today, Proverbs 29:15 assured me that it is okay to set boundaries, tell the little one “No”, and not allow him have his way all the time. He may not be happy with me momentarily, but it will be beneficial for both of us in the long run.