Disciplining a Strong-Willed Child

Parenting a strong-willed child is definitely a difficult and challenging responsibility for parents. Children with a strong will won’t react to any of your “go-to” discipline tricks. Remove a toy? They’re on to the following one. Pass on them on a seat for time? They won’t sit down. Try to divert them to different activities? They will throw a temper tantrum that just won’t stop. 

Although their stubbornness will work well for them later on when they won’t let anything disrupt the way they had always wanted, especially when it comes to reaching their dreams, it presents a significant challenge when you’re making an effort to teach them not to draw on the walls.

What precisely is a strong-willed child? 

Some of the parents call them “stubborn” or “difficult,” or all the more emphatically, “spirited” children. But you could likewise observe strong-willed kids as a person of honesty who aren’t handily influenced from their own perspectives. 

Strong-willed kids are vivacious and courageous. 

Instead of accepting what others had told them, they always want to learn things for themselves, so they test the limits again and again. They need urgently to be “in control” of themselves, and will at times put what they want to “be right” above everything else. 

At the point when their heart is determined to something, their minds appear to struggle changing gears. strong-willed kids have huge, enthusiastic sentiments and live at full speed. 

Moreover, strong-willed kids are inclined often to control battles with their parents. Nonetheless, it takes two to have a power battle. You don’t need to go to each argument to which you’re welcomed! 

On the off chance that you can take a full breath when your buttons are being pushed, and advise yourself that you can let your kid hide any hint of failure and still get what you want, you can figure out how to avoid those power struggles. (Try not to let your kid make you act like a four-year-old yourself.) 

Nobody likes being told the things they need to do, yet strong-willed kids think that it’s unbearable. Parents can keep away from power struggles by helping their child feel understood of the situation even as the parent sets limits. Take a try at empathizing, giving options, and understanding that respect goes two different ways. 

Searching for win/win solutions as opposed to simply setting some hard boundaries keeps strong-willed kids from getting explosive and shows them essential aptitudes of exchange and bargain. 

What are the signs you’re raising a strong-willed kid?

Always demand to know why 

Listening to the phrase ” It is because I said so” is frustrating for some children. They always want to find out why they can’t play in the downpour or why it’s not a good idea to hop on the couch. 

While you may be enticed to state, “I don’t have any idea,” or “I don’t know,” or ” Just because that,” those kinds of answers won’t fulfill your kid. You’ll have to share why it’s a safety, moral, social, or lawful issue in the event that you want your kid to quit the argument. 

Stubborn arguing 

Children with a strong-willed temperament don’t surrender when they oppose this idea. They love to participate in power struggles and their obstinate persistence frequently tires individuals out. 

They’re actually great debaters who are acceptable at discovering exemptions and loopholes in every statement. So don’t be astounded when your child reviews that one time you let them have ice cream for breakfast or justified lying since you would not like to pay the grown-up rate for a film ticket despite the fact that they were too old for a children’s ticket. 


Strong-willed kids have a personal viewpoint about the manner in which things ought to be and they’ll frequently arrange approaches to transform that thought into reality. They have no problem advising their friends where to stand or how to carry on and they’re not shy about guiding grown-ups what are the things to do either.

Refusing to Comply 

Try not to waste your energy attempting to persuade a strong-willed kid to accomplish something they would prefer not to do. Annoying, asking, and rationalizing isn’t probably going to go anyplace. strong-willed children will dive in their heels and refuse to move.


Numerous children want to do everything as indicated by their plans. They disdain to hold up in line at the supermarket, they don’t like waiting for their turn when playing a game, and they aren’t keen on sitting in the lounge area at the doctor’s office. They would prefer not to waste a second sitting just waiting for another person. 

Making Their Own Rules 

Strong-willed kids aren’t keen on getting your point of view about when it’s time to sleep. Rather, they’re probably going to demand they’ll rest when they’re already tired. They want to make their own policies and set their own rules as opposed to observing a power figure’s rules for them 


Many children are struggling to comprehend the huge difference between a “want” and a “need.” Whether they want to eat hotdog for breakfast or to play outside even if it’s raining, they’ll always make sure they have to do it. 

They’re likewise exceptionally concerned when it comes to fairness. In any event, when things are going their direction, they’ll frequently demand they’re not getting something fair share. 

Moving at Their Own Pace 

Children with a strong will regularly eat quick, talk, fast, and walk quickly when they think they want to. In any case, they move at a snail’s pace while accomplishing something they aren’t keen on. 

Selective Hearing 

Tell some kid to “be careful,” and on the off chance that they are not interested, they’ll just disregard you. Strong-willed kids seem good at utilizing selective hearing and they easily tune out whatever things that fall short of their necessities. 

Intense, Angry Outbursts 

While all children throw temper tantrums, some display a fit of intense anger that doesn’t die down for quite a while. They have low frustration resistance and they find it difficult to show their anger in a socially appropriate way. What’s more, in some cases, you may have no clue about what even set them off in any case.

Here are a few strategies you can use for effectively disciplining your strong-willed child.

Always remember your ‘why’ 

Parenting has so many ups and downs. For a first-time parent who just entered the stage of parenthood may find it as challenging as ever, but upon seeing your child’s beautiful smile radiates a great happiness deep within and vanishes all the things that seem so hard.

Parenting to raise a great human is much harder than parenting to make your child do what you want at the present moment. As a parent, you always want to improve your child’s behavior, however, you have to think and consider the most ideal approach to do as such. 

At the point when it’s difficult to dig profoundly and change in a new direction with discipline, remember that your ‘why’ is raising a future grown-up with the capacity to make good decisions in life for the correct reasons just as nurturing the confidence and inner strength that will prompt their emotional well-being.

It’s a team effort between your child and you as his parent

One of the significant ways you’ll help a strong-willed kid to listen is by beginning to work with them rather than to do things opposing them. At the point when they feel this move in energy the improvements you’ll notice in participating and listening will be definitely great. 

A strong feeling of integrity falls into place in a natural way for your kid and when they believe they are being seen as a valued member of the group, they’ll be eager to toss some skin in the game (otherwise known as getting things done out of their own will and not on the grounds that they’re being compromised or controlled). 

When communicating with your kid, a tone of teamwork as well as positivity will be lightyears more productive in contrast to using negativity and harshness for discipline with your strong-willed child.

The connection should always come first

A kid who has a close connected relationship to a parent is constantly motivated to progress nicely. Connection with essential parental figures is a fundamental need for each child yet in the event that your kid doesn’t get enough they will ask and seek for attending through their words and activities. 

A connection is an establishment for any discipline with a strong-willed kid (discipline means equal to teaching) and without it, the rest is delivered useless.

See it from your child’s perspective

For example, he might be angry in light of the fact that you promise to her that you’ll wash his superman cape and then you forgot to do it. To you, he is being stubborn once again. But to him, he is just upset, and you are being two-faced, on the grounds that he isn’t permitted to break his promises to you, however, you broke yours to him. 

How would you clear this up and proceed onward? You apologize truly for breaking your promise to him, then you have to reassure him that you did your best to keep what you’d promised, and you go, together, to wash the cape. You may even show him how to wash his own garments so you’re not in this situation later on and he’s empowered. Simply consider how you might need to be dealt with, and treat him in a like manner. 

Don’t be a lizard 

Strong-willed child attributes usually elicit strong feelings from guardians. In these circumstances, you have two options, respond quickly from your primitive feeling mind (otherwise known as lizard brain) or react from your calm, rational thinking brain (as brain development discloses to us just grown-up people reliably can). 

At the point when your kid won’t quit coloring to get their coat on for school, and you feel a threat bubbling rising, stop, take a deep breath, and repeat “I am not a lizard”. 

Get curious 

Subsequent to breathing and holding reactivity under control, you would now be able to be the rational problem solver your kid needs you to be. Your kid is self-serving and is additionally doing as well as can be expected at that exact moment.

On a superficial level, we see defiance, yet on the off chance that we get curious about the necessities and drives that lie underneath, we can see a child profoundly immersed with what they are doing (who additionally where it counts needs to be a good listener) and one that perhaps struggling with transitions.

Meet them where they’re at

Your strong-willed kid asks to be seen, heard, and approved consistently. At the point when they begin to shut down, you can open them up again by observing things from their viewpoint. 

Truly validating their thoughts and sentiments will frequently change the tides of oppositionality. At the point when you make empathy a pillar in your discipline of a strong-willed kid you can help push things ahead with simple critical thinking as well as creativity.

Discipline really implies teaching

The most significant and impactful teaching doesn’t occur seemingly out of the blue. In the event that your kid is having a hard time in a specific area, set aside the effort to sit down and take part in discussions on the point when everybody is already calm and can think clearly.

Children don’t appear in the world knowing limits and expectations so you must step in and show them tenderly. When your enthusiastic kid clearly understands about expectations and why they are significant and important to your family, you hugely lessen the chances of them bucking the framework, and disciplining your strong-willed kid turns out to be a lot simpler. 

On the off chance that you give them enough support, and they feel enough and strong connection,  strong-willed children will typically consent to do what you want, rather than what they want. Children cooperate on the grounds that there’s something they want more than getting their way at the time – they want that warm relationship with you as their parent. 

The more you battle with and punish your kid, the more you undermine her wants to ensure that a warm connection with you. Keep in mind that children don’t learn anything when they’re in a fight. 

Like we all, that is when adrenaline is pumping and learning close off. So as opposed to trying to instruct at those emotional moments, take a full breath and interface. On the off chance that she’s upset, assist her with expressing her hurt, dread, or disappointment, so they vanish. 

At that point, she’ll be ready to hear you out when you advise her that in your home, everybody talks kindly to one another. (Obviously, you need to show that and be a role model. Your kids won’t generally do what you state, however, she will always, in the long run, do what you do.)

The most ideal kind of consequences 

So what accomplishes work best without giving it much thought? Think about creativity, teamwork, and clear communication, with practice it will get simpler. 

Your kid loves to apply the small amount of power and control they have, so anticipate that they do not listen sometimes. Nonetheless, life accompanies results and your kid is an experiential learner (for example, they won’t believe you). It’s healthy to permit your child to encounter the ‘real world’ consequences.

You don’t need to utilize contrived punishments which try to aggravate your kid feel worse (and much more ticked off at you with regards to the strong-willed kid). There are quite often logical and natural consequences to be found and done, which won’t just more adequately show your child yet in addition salvage your relationship along the way. 

Keep your power

Engaging in a power struggle to get the final word may appear like you’re asserting your power as a parent. Numerous parents seem surprised to discover that shouting and engaging in power struggle really shows an entirely distinctive sort of power, your child’s. 

At the point when your kid senses they can control you this makes sentiments of anxiety and insecurity. Your fiery kid has to know and see that you can hold firm in the rough tremors of their feelings. 

Channel the energy in a positive way 

Your astounding child wants to be heard. Redirect disrespect by giving them more fitting go-to expressions and offering a lot of speedy ‘do-overs’, “if you don’t mind trying that again in a more respectful manner”. In the event that your stubborn kid can be trained to express their thoughts and emotions in a respectful manner, they will develop to have great communication skills.

Your kid’s strong emotions as well as strong points of view are considered as great and healthy. It can even become a source of force for so many positive things in life if they’re being cultivated, nurtured, and molded.


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