Your comments on the last photo/post were amazing. Thank you all so much for your insight, love, advice... You've inspired me to write a post about all of the things I've learned/have yet to learn from Bo and will be linking back to all of your wonderful comments when I post so thank you thank you thank you. AlsohiIlovethischild. she is a treasure and I'm so grateful she's here/herself. Love to all.
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  • girlsgonechildYour comments on the last photo/post were amazing. Thank you all so much for your insight, love, advice... You've inspired me to write a post about all of the things I've learned/have yet to learn from Bo and will be linking back to all of your wonderful comments when I post so thank you thank you thank you. AlsohiIlovethischild. she is a treasure and I'm so grateful she's here/herself. Love to all.

  • ktbromleyMe too. My girls are polar opposites. It's hard for other parents to understand who haven't had a "spirited" child but WOW it's sooooo hard. I try to remind myself that there is a reason I have been blessed with my fiery Aries.
  • haverleeI spent five minutes trying to tag EVERYBODY to tell them to go run and get the book, Raising Your Spirited Child. But my comment didn't post. So I did it again. And it didn't post. So feel free to tell everybody about it once you read it and it changes your life ;)
  • lholloway_5I appreciate your open honesty about your struggles. my middle babe is the conductor of the crazy train from the time her feet hit the floor in the morning until the moment that her head hits the pillow at night. I've been struggling A LOT over the last several weeks (after bringing home our newest addition) and have felt terribly guilty about my frustrations and emotions about the whole situation. I take incredible comfort in knowing that I am not alone! *your birthday post about Bo is something I continually find my way back to during some of our toughest moments. "...And, yes, okay, a little sunburned. But that's just par for the course when you live with a sunbeam." keep on keeping on, Mama. hugs and epic high fives. forever.
  • mrscave08@haverlee I have read that book and it really helped me understand my son. Though, the coping concepts hasn't helped much. However... I just do my best and remember that the qualities he has will take him far. But every day is a definite challenge.
  • sandramars@haverlee I agree, that book helped me a lot too!
  • cgmc81Yup that book was a huge moment of validation and understanding for me as well.
  • juneofthemoonSpirited kids are amazing and exhausting! It's so important to nurture the feisty pieces of the that will serve them well in adulthood but can make childhood (and parenting) so much harder! I wouldn't trade my two spirited boys for the world though! So many exclamations but that in itself is fitting.
  • estellehayesMan, I love your honesty. And I always feel a bit less alone when I read your parenting insights. I have a tough/challenging/oftencrazyseeming/lovely girl. It's hard. I cry. And I try to be present for her and all of her emotions. And sometimes I hide in my closet. We do what we have to do, right? Looking forward to your post.
  • earichards80I have a spirited one, too. We try to remember what so many have said- that his curiosity and persistence and drive and insistence on questioning everything and testing every limit is exactly who we want him to be as an adult. We try to remember that the same intensity that brings us tantrums and screaming and freaking the $&@/ out also brings us joy and excitement and love. And yes, the book Raising Your Spirited Child is a lifesaver.
  • greeblehausThis is why the internet is awesome.
  • annlienemann@girlsgonechild I finally figured out food dye made my daughter crazy (it's in everything!). Once I eliminated that she was a new kid. Still hit terrible twos and threes but much more manageable
  • iamedwinaMy one and only is like this. Highly emotional, every second of the day. How I love her - but I'm not going back for seconds. I know I just wouldn't make it if I had another like her, I'd end up catatonic.
  • celinacrisostomoadorable 
  • apoolephotoI can't wait to read. My 3yo has been bringing me to tears lately. And she was an angel at Bo's age. A switch flipped when she turned 3 😩
  • lauren_k_carlsonThis makes me feel so much better, that other people have children that drive them to tears. I told my husband, if this was a job--I think I would quit, but I can't (not that I would). Love raising your spirited child, go back to it a lot for encouragement too. We can do it!
  • sunshineinateacupThis is my middle child. Teaching her to respect & empathise with the feelings, needs and rights of others WITHOUT breaking her fiercely determined spirit is still the biggest parenting challenge I have faced to date. Her first school teacher is wonderful with reminding me daily that she is a STRONG woman in the making - and one day I will weep with pride in that knowledge. Rather than sob jnto my wine glass I suppose haha...
  • darlenerosado2We call our very sweet and spicy girl Baby Sarah.. As in Sarah Silverman. I really shouldn't write some of the things she has rolled off but good grief the real SS would be proud. Nonstop mover and shaker and raunchy joke maker. #MySweetFirecracker
  • caitlindanielle@sunshineinateacup : cheers, sister friend. 🍷🍹🍸🍻
  • theresejmortonI have been know to hide in the toilet until I can compose myself. Still need to even now my girls are 15 and just about to turn 13. If I react from emotion, I'm done for. Deep breaths. They need you to keep calm for their sake.
  • juliaboobala@girlsgonechild Do some reading on child temperament and see if that sheds any light on Bo's little personality.
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