This is the second part of my series “How to Raise Strong-Willed Kids“. Raising spirited kids that are strong-willed, courageous, and stubborn can be challenging. If they are given the room they need to learn and grow, yet still have boundaries, spirited kids can become adults who think for themselves, are strong in their beliefs, and can withstand the pressures from society and friends to become something different than who they really want to be. These kids have amazing strengths that they just need to learn to cultivate, while developing respect and compassion for others.
Do you have a child that is stubborn and seems to want to learn everything the hard way? Maybe they test the limits over and over or they have big, passionate feelings. They can also be thought of as spirited and courageous. They want to try new things, be in charge of themselves, and they always want to be right. It can be difficult to know how to guide and parent kids like this. I went to a few classes at BYU Education week last summer that were taught by Kevin Hinckley on this topic. He gave us some great tips on parenting strong-willed kids.