5 Tips on Raising a Strong-Willed Child

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{FOUR} Learn to Pick Your Battles.
This one is pretty self-explanatory but oh-so-important, especially with strong-willed children. Safety is always first and foremost, and I make no exceptions to those rules. Other than that, I try very hard to let stuff just roll. In order to get through the day with your child, sometimes you just have to let certain things go and realize it’s not worth the battle or fight. Learning what your own boundaries are as a parent and applying them into your daily routine will help with this and will also be a much needed life saver.

{FIVE} Make Sure Basic Needs are Met.
When Maddy is on the verge of losing her shit, we've learned to ask ourselves three basic questions: Is she tired? Is she hungry? Is she getting enough attention? Nine times out of ten, a meltdown could have been avoided if we had made sure these simple things were done, especially the last one. For the strong -willed child, their motto is, “Bad attention is good attention!” When moments of unexpected outbursts happen, whether in a store, on vacation, or simply out and about running errands, I usually realize that Chickie is either off her schedule, hasn’t had a nap yet, or didn’t eat lunch/dinner well. Taking care of the basics will go a long way in curbing the ‘tude.

I hope these tips are useful for you and your household, and I’m curious to hear from other parents raising strong-willed children. What do you do to tame the beast within?

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