Her persistence in this reminds me of what parenting is like. Firstly it's a joy to have a little bundle in your arms. From a parental point of view, I loved going into their rooms at night and just looking at them. That's when it is so easy to be thankful and let joy spring up in your heart. You need these moments to allow yourself to regain strength. Then morning breaks and you take hold of those little fingers and there is no letting go.
In all aspects of training your child you need to be persistent. You need to have the determination of a little child learning to walk. Oh, you may stumble and fall but get back on your feet and do it all over again. Even if you have let something slip with your children it is never too late to step in to redirect their behaviour and improve the situation. In fact it is important to take stock, have a discussion with your partner and see if there is anything that needs to change. It is never too late!
We can learn a lot from watching children. Their persistence in mastering a skill is commendable and parenting takes skill and persistence. Keep going and don't give up! There is a joyful reward in the adventure of parenting!
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