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Parenting Personalities

Each  person has their own personality, that combination of qualities that form an individual's distinctive character.  It doesn't take long for people to notice that children can be raised in an identical fashion and still be very different.  Some are serious, quiet, and dependable.  Others may be forceful, creative, and impatient.  One sister may be popular while the other isn't.  One brother may be intellectual while the other struggles in school.  God knew exactly what He was doing when He gave your children their unique personality traits.  When reading the Bible, you come across many different personalities and those personalities either came unto subjection to God or rebelled against Him. 

It's the same today.  It's good to know and understand your children's personality traits.  Know what comes easy for them and what struggles they face, but never excuse sinful behavior.  When the Bible calls something sin, we must agree with God on the matter and call it what He calls it, but never think that God can't use certain personality types.  Each type displays some of His character and can honor Him.  I know quite a few stubborn children and I tell them that's great!  Why?  Because they can stubbornly refuse temptations.  The apostle Paul was stubborn and he was one of the greatest men who ever lived.  Use the stubbornness for good.  I was very rebellious.  Actually, I still am, but it served me well as I grew up in a non-Christian home.  My rebelling against my father's ideas served me well as I surrendered to my heavenly Father's ideas.  Your child may be impatient, which may cause you problems as a parent, but perhaps that child will more easily learn to follow Psalm 119:60 and hasten to keep God's commandments.  Take a step back and look at how your kids' personality types can be used for good and how they can be encouraged to use them the right way.  It will take practice and prayer as they try to surrender their personality to God, but it will be worth it. 

To learn more about personality types and take a free personality test, visit www.personalitypage.com/high-level.html

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