5 Tips for Dealing With a Strong-Willed Child


No matter how much love you have for your little one, sometimes they can drain you when they are constantly refusing to follow direction or listen to what you have to say, as a parent. While this may make for a dynamic, inquisitive and sensitive chid, it can also mean they have a hard time handling those big emotions that they are so in-tune with. Can you say ‘headstrong’? These 5 Tips for Dealing With a Strong-Willed Child from Parenting From The Heart will help you parent those headstrong little beauties that you happen to call your children!


Nobody expects perfect parenting. Life gets in the way and things constantly crop up on a daily basis. Sometimes, you really need to hit that RESET button and work on strategies that will help your strong-willed, sensitive child listen better. These 5 tips will get you started in the right direction.

  1. Figure Out Why They are Upset

What is the core reason they are so upset? Sometimes when they are absolutely at the end of their rope, it’s time to step back and make sure their basic needs have been met. Because if they haven’t, it might be something easy that you can handle that will get their day back on track! Parenting From The Heart had these suggestions to look at:

  • Have they gotten enough to eat?
  • Are they sleeping well?
  • Have you been present for them or are you constantly busy doing other things when they are there?
  • Are you listening to them? Make sure you ask them how they are feeling and help them work through feelings that they are experiencing.

2. Be Empathetic to Your Kids

It’s important to acknowledge when your kids are upset. Empathy is a great thing you can give you child to be more emotionally resilient. By working to re-word their feelings in terms that they can understand, it helps them label what they are feeling, which in turn, helps them move forward.

3. Be Consistent

We all know how well children can test the boundaries of their parents. They always want to see just how far they can take things! This is why it’s so important to be consistent in your discipline. If boundaries aren’t clear, they will always test them. They will push back and before you know it, things are getting worse instead of better. You’ll have to figure out how this will work in your family, but aim for one warning for infractions you deem necessary, with no warnings for things that may be more serious. Soon, you’ll see how your consistency is working to reign in that strong-willed child!

4. Be Present

If your child continues to have a problem with regulating themselves and their emotions, it’s time to give them your undivided attention. It may be the key that you need, so they can understand that they are truly being heard.

5. Get Outside

No matter the season, get outdoors! Fresh air and kids go together like peanut butter and jelly. After some time spent in the great outdoors, kids seem to have such a better time listening and doing the right thing more easily. It may be likely from burning up all of that energy playing and exploring the outdoor world, but ultimately, it can lead to better eating and sleeping. It’s a win-win and this will go hand-in-hand with #1!

If you’re looking for ways to improve behaviors of your little ones who may be more strong-willed than you’re comfortable with, these five tips should work positively on moving things in the right direction!

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