Tame That Horse

August 20, 2010

Those of us who are raising both girls and boys know that there is a tremendous difference between the two. In fact, you don’t have to parent both to know that the way girls respond to life is very different from the way boys respond. One of the most significant challenges in raising girls is the fact that they are much more emotional than boys.  I found an instructive article about raising girls that was very encouraging. Here’s an excerpt. You can read it in its entirety here.

We tell our girls that their feelings are like horses- beautiful, spirited horses. But they are the riders. We tell them that God gave them this horse when they were born, and they will ride it their whole life. God also set us on a path on the top of a mountain together and told us to follow it. We can see for a long way – there are beautiful flowers, lakes,  trees, and rainbows. (We are little girls after all!) This is how we “walk in the light as He is in the light, and have fellowship with one another.”

When our emotions act up, it is like the horse trying to jump the fence and run down into a yucky place full of spiders to get lost in the dark. A good rider knows what to do when the horse tries to bolt – you pull on the reigns! Turn the horse’s head! Get back on the path!  We also tell them that God told us that if we see one of our little girls with her horse down in the mud puddle spitting at people who walk by, it is our job to haul them up, willing or unwilling, back to the path.The ways that this has helped me as a mother are pretty obvious, but I will share them anyway if you will bear with me.

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