Inside: A collection of the best resources on raising a strong-willed child and helping them reach their full potential from a child therapist.
Tornadoes. Pre-natal hormones. Strong-willed children.
Some things in nature are a force to be reckoned with.
Want to see a confident, experienced parent drop to their knees in desperation? Give them a strong-willed child to raise. Strong-willed children are excellent at launching great parents into full-on emotional breakdown mode with behaviors such as defiance, oppositionality and intense emotions.
| How do I know if I’m raising a strong-willed child?
Most parents know from pretty early on. If you consistently observe behaviors such as oppositionality, defiance and intense emotions and overall feel like a horrible parent, you may be encroaching on strong-willed child territory!
You’ll also very likely identify with some of these strong-willed child characteristics >>
(as published on Scary Mommy)
With a little shift in perspective, you can see beyond the frustrations and maybe even see the benefits of your child’s unique traits >>
Click HERE to read: The Truth About Strong-Willed Child Characteristics and What They Really Mean.
| Gaining a better understanding of a spirited child’s behaviors
There’s no getting around the fact that raising a strong-willed child is challenging. However, after we’ve accepted the qualities our child came into this world with we can start to better understand their needs and even appreciate their personality traits.
Adopting a positive mindset with an intense determined child can change everything >> Click HERE to read: The Best Parenting Mindset for Raising a Strong-Willed Child
| Handling discipline with the strong-willed child
For many parents, the qualities of perseverance, determination, and integrity are ones they’d love to see in their child, as an adult. Not only do most conventional discipline strategies not work for a strong-willed child, they also pose the risk of squashing some pretty amazing and important traits in our child’s personality.
So how do you handle discipline with the a seemingly stubborn child in a way that won’t minimize or discourage important qualities that will offer enormous benefit in adolescence and throughout life?
| Embracing our strong-willed child’s unique characteristics
Tantrums in the parking lot and yelling in the library do not feel like positive life-skills, but with support, you can help your child to harness their challenges and turn them into strengths (warning: you may even start to like some of these traits too) >> Click HERE to read: Change How You See Your Child and Unlock Their Full Potential
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| Responding to Intense Emotions
Children with a strong-will typically have intense emotions due to being highly sensitive, that may come out at the most inconvenient times! Helping an emotionally intense strong-willed child to better regulate their emotions is a journey, but I can tell you with one hundred percent certainty that the journey starts here >>
Click HERE to read: The Important First Step When Helping an Angry Child
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