As many of you know, I have experienced many behavioral challenges with my children over the years. I shared some of my journey when I wrote about the difficulties involved with raising a spirited child.
The term ‘spirited’ is really, a nicer way of saying strong-willed.
But let’s call a spade a spade.
I have 2 incredibly strong-willed children.
I’ve previously shared about my first born son but now I can add my third-born son to the list. What else did I expect when, much to our surprise and amusement, he was born with red hair!
So, how do I know if my child is ‘strong-willed’?
Oh. You will know.
Sometimes it can be a sense that your child is ‘different’ to other kids. It may be that you have noticed your child seems much more persistent, demanding, stubborn, temperamental, overly sensitive, argumentative and resistant than the ‘average’ child. It may be that you are trying really hard but your child just does not respond to discipline.
I hear ya. I experience all of the above – daily.
Having also been a strong-willed child myself, I am keenly interested in the research into this somewhat rare, unique group of kids. I’m also passionate about educating others having personally experienced the pain of being labelled the kid with ADHD and learning difficulties when I didn’t (don’t) have ADHD and was actually intellectually gifted. I want parents to know there is nothing WRONG with their child and that as parents of strong-willed children we can learn to love and embrace their uniqueness.
The book Parenting The Strong-Willed Child is written by professors in psychology and pediatrics. These two authors have years of research and experience behind the advice presented in this book.
They discuss the challenges of raising a strong-willed child and suggest a five-week program for addressing difficult behavior. Each week focuses on a specific approach and is simple and easy to follow.
I personally found it empowering to try a different approach that was specific to a more challenging child. It helped me to realise there are very simple steps that can make parenting easier.
I also found the chapter on changing the nature of your family life quite inspiring as it reminded me of the importance of simplifying life and making fun family time a priority. In our modern lives, this is a reminder we all need.
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Note: The review is my personal opinion. Sometimes challenging behaviors can be signs of something more serious that may require the help of a professional. Trust your instincts. If in doubt – check it out.
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book for the purpose of the review. I did not receive any payment. My review is honest and genuine. If I didn’t like it – I’d tell you!