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Parenting is difficult sometimes! I want to be that relaxed easy going parent, one that doesn’t need rules, their child is always so well behaved. But I can’t. Mason is not that easy, always well behaved child. He is a strong willed, stubborn, sometimes bratty child that has melt downs at the park you can hear a mile away, his way or the highway. He pushes my buttons almost daily. Yes, we may get stares or judging us on our parenting. But unless you also have a strong willed child, you cannot relate. Yes, we’ve tried lots of different punishments but none seem to really work.

The things that do seem to work are; avoiding power struggles by setting up rules(although I almost think I have too many), routines, giving choices, and when a meltdown is happening back off and deal with it after your child has calmed down. Strong willed children are really awesome, you just need to understand how they work and embrace that.

Hold onto your sanity parents. They(as in the internet and research) say strong willed children are difficult when their young but grow up to be terrific teens and adults, often becoming leaders.


And someday I will be that other parent, not being judgmental but letting them know it will eventually pass, your doing great!


So, if you too have a strong willed child do a quick google search and you’ll find lots of helpful information.

Hang in there, your not alone.

13 comments / Add your comment below

  1. My son is very strong willed. And we butt our heads together a lot. When he was little, I was always repeating myself, he’s not stubborn, he’s persistent. And it’s something I want him to keep and learn to use in good sense. But it does make life together hard.

    1. Yes, it does, with raising a strong willed child you learn patience and a different way of parenting 🙂 I need to start repeating that to myself, persistent. Thanks!

    1. Thank you! Yes, teen years will come but hopefully not too quickly because I will miss my baby 🙂

  2. You are not alone! Life has been a battle with my children, especially my oldest. He’s 8 now and finally starting to even out a bit, but that came with a lot of routine and trial and error, emphasis on error. Thanks for sharing!

  3. My son will be two in December, and I can already see that he is very strong-willed. I need all the tips and advice I can get, and I’m so glad to see other Moms going through the same thing 🙂

  4. You totally aren’t alone and my younger daughter is totally my strong willed child. I literally just had her throw a temper tantrum a week ago over getting munchkins at Dunkin Donuts over a regular sized donut and shared on my blog. So, trust me I get it in spades and again definitely not alone at all!!

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