“Strong willed” behavior — kids’ questioning,  negotiating, defying — can be incredibly frustrating to deal with.

And it makes sense that when we see that behavior, we try to get children to change. But that strategy is often ineffective, making us feel helpless to address the situation effectively.

In this episode, you will learn: 

  • Why the root of strong-willed behavior is related to big feelings
  • How strong-willed behavior is actually a coping mechanism 
  • How this knowledge can help you can motivate more positive behavior and foster long-term resilience

Mentioned in this episode: 

Rachel Bailey’s Parenting Academy: Get answers to your personal questions, solutions for your individual situation, and support with taking action and staying on track

Your Parenting Long Game Episode 82: How to Not Be So Exhausted by Others’ Emotions
Your Parenting Long Game Episode 24: Responding to Kids’ Negative Behavior in the Moment
Your Parenting Long Game Episode 39: How to Respond to Kids’ Negative Emotions When Things Don’t Go Their Way
Your Parenting Long Game Episode 78: “When-Then Statements”: A Simple Tool for Reacting More Effectively

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A Long Game Strategy for Kids With Strong-Willed Behavior