These difficult kids are not that rare, I even remember knowing some while growing up. It's not anything the parents did necessarily, and it's not that they are ADD/ADHD or anything else. They are just difficult.
There is a little boy that is smaller than his peers in kindergarten at the school my younger kids go to. He has had a really rough time. He is a victim of child abuse and has lived in at least 3 or 4 different homes, counting where he is now. Each home having a different set of rules and a different value system. one or two were Christian, one was atheist, the others just went with the flow. Every home had a new mommy that swore they would be his "forever" mommy. Only for him to move again.
He has learned that if he lies about things he gets attention and that his teacher feels sorry for him. But in return, he won't listen to the teacher. He is in therapy, and it helps his parents and his siblings, but it seems to make things worse at school.
So what do you do with such a child? Do you send him to the child welfare system in hopes that the problem will disappear? Do you send him back to his birth parent even though that is where the abuse happened? What is it that you do?
I can answer that very simply and very easily.... you pray.
I highly suggest that you get a copy of The Power of the Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian and you use it as a tool to pray over any troubled or difficult child. You don't have to be the parent in order to pray.
The more people out there praying for the children, the more children will come to know the Lord. God will heal our kids. Sometimes all the kids need is to know somebody cares. And in today's world that is a high commodity that not all kids get.
|The Power of a Praying Parent|
By Stormie Omartian / Harvest House Publishers
Stormie Omartian revisits her bestselling book for parents---now with a new cover---by adding new material and the wisdom gleaned from even more years of being a mom. In 30 easy-to-read chapters, Stormie shares from personal experience as to how parents can pray for their children's safety, character, adolescence, peer pressure, school experiences, friends, and relationship with God. Now adults, Stormie's grown-up children also reflect on the way their praying parents raised them---and what a difference it made.