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Benjamin, my two year old, has definitely entered the "two's stage."  It's that stage that most people label as the "Terrible Twos." Have you heard of it?  I like to refer to it as the "Terrific Twos" because I believe I will have what I say.  I happen to believe that I will form His future with my words!  So I am watchful what I declare over him. (Proverbs 18:21) Is it challenging? Absolutely! I am always on, but the training is so worth it.  I am molding his character now so I can enjoy the fruit later on.  

One of the things I like to do is impart scripture into his little heart so he learns to be governed from the inside out.  So, here are a few things I do.  In the midst of him having one of those tantrums, I get down at his level and with the most gentle, yet firm, tone, I say, "Benjamin, you have an excellent sprit (Daniel 6:3).  You are an obedient boy, and you obey Mommy." (Ephesians 6:1)  Nine times out of ten, he puts his head on my shoulder and calms down.  Proverbs 15:1 says, "A soft answer turns away wrath."  It is so true!  The word of God is alive and active! (Hebrews 4:12)  When imparted into others it will bring forth good fruit.  For those of you wondering what Benjamin does that 10% percent of the time, he simply looks at me straight in the eyes and yells NO! LOL!!  Have you heard that word before from your two-year old?  At this point, I either continue with my gentle tone and pick him up and love on him so he knows he is completely loved and safe, and say, "Obey! You walk in obedience Benjamin." OR, there are other times that he is not budging and simply needs a break from the rest of the world and gets put down for a nap or time alone in his crib.  The bottom line is to always maintain control and to catch the problem earlier rather than later so that as the parent, you stay in control of your emotions.

I think one of the mistakes we moms make is that we try to change our children from the outside in.  We try to control their behavior so they don't embarrass us.  I was there, and sometimes fall in that trap of parenthood. As I get older, I tend to care less (I say that in the most respectful way) what others think and care more about training my children's heart.  So, instead of taking him to the bathroom at the grocery store to spank him for embarrassing me (I think we do this more than we realize),  I take him to the bathroom to see why his heart is so upset.  Then I speak to it. Usually he has felt threatened by a sibling or not heard or simply did not get what he wanted.  Whatever the reason, make sure you have your heart in check and focus on your relationship with your child rather than what man might be thinking about your parenting skills. Your child's heart is the one thing you want to train, and the earlier you start the better it will go, down the road. The goal? To fill that little heart with the Word of God so they can pull from it as they grow up.

Here is a great place to start Scriptures from Proverbs to impart scripture into your children.  Also, I HIGHLY recommend a few books. They are Sheperding a Child's Heart, Grooming the Next Generation for Success, Loving our Kids on Purpose.  These are great foundational books that will transform the parent's heart so they can mold their child's heart!  Check them out in the "Our Favorites" section of my website, along with the many others on there.  

 


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Vanessa
07/06/2012 20:42

My nephew is an amazing boy. Love him so much.

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07/09/2012 07:42

Awe...thanks!! He LOVES his Titi!!

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Anastasia Becvar
07/09/2012 15:03

It seems a strange crime that we have never hung out. So encouraging to read this: for me, it was affirmation, encouragement, and correction all from God's heart of love. Appreciate it!

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Alex Munoz
07/09/2012 17:16

Anastasia, let's change that! I would LOVE to get together! Our boys would have so much fun playing! I am so glad this has blessed you! You and Will are such a blessing!!

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Mindy
07/09/2012 16:48

Alex, this is so wonderful. Thank you for these words of wisdom! I look forward to more articles.

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Alex Munoz
07/09/2012 17:20

Mindy, thank you so much! I love this amazing call of motherhood! Congratulations on your new role. Your baby girl is absolutely stunning!!

BTW - Did you see your blog is one of my favorites? I have it listed under the "Our Favorites" tab! Love your recipes!

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Mindy
09/08/2012 18:46

I just saw this response! Thank you so much for supporting my little blog. I've abandoned it for the time being. I'm busy getting to know my little girl. :)

I would like to ask you another question about training. Is there a private email I can write to? Thank you!

Alex Munoz
09/08/2012 20:10

Mindy, yes, it's munoz5893@aol.com.

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Sandy
07/10/2012 13:54

Wow! Alex I love you so much! Your such an inspiration to me and my family. This was an amazing article! Thank you for imparting your wisdom and heart;) words can't describe how much I love you and your beautiful family...

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Alex Munoz
07/19/2012 11:04

Awe, Sandy! I love you so much! I love all that God is doing in and through your wonderful family! You are a great mom and wife!

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