Parenting With Tenacity

This morning, I listened to a devotional that was recently given at BYU. The devotional is entitled “Tenacity.” It was given by David F. Evans. As I listened, the word tenacity stuck in my mind.


tending to keep a firm hold of something; clinging or adhering closely.

not readily relinquishing a position, principle, or course of action; determined.

persisting in existence; not easily dispelled

Parenting is full of setbacks. Last week, there were multiple nights that Arthur woke up several times, needing something. There were multiple days that he didn’t take a nap, or made a fuss about taking his nap. We are trying to discipline and teach and love. But, sometimes it seems like his behavior doesn’t change, no matter what we do. All of this discourages me, exhausts me, and depresses me.

But this is what tenacity is all about–continually getting back up and pushing forward.

Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life. (2 Nephi 31:20)

Maybe it doesn’t matter if today was a setback, there is always tomorrow to try again. If we can just keep trying. There’s something so reassuring about the idea of tenacity. It assumes that there will be setbacks, without them, you cannot be tenacious. Tenacity assumes imperfection. But, with tenacity, there is progress. So, hold on tight.


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