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16 Signs You’re Raising A Strong-Willed Child

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Strong-Willed Children Love To Argue

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If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a child who wants to argue all day, no matter what the topic, it’s not a fun place to be. Once a strong-willed child has buckled down on a certain idea/belief, there’s rarely anything that can convince them otherwise. They’re so persistent, and great debaters who won’t back down – even if their opponent is bigger/stronger than them.

In the future, these qualities may be perceived as admirable, but while your children are young, it can be really frustrating trying to deal with their defiance. The best way to appease any power struggles with your child is to agree to disagree but stand firm on your expectations concerning their behavior. If your child is debating their need for you to buy them something, offer to let them earn the item (thru good behavior) rather than receiving it immediately. Present it as a choice so that they can feel empowered and you can gain compliance. It’s a win-win.

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