Strong Willed Children

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Strong Willed Children

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Raising a strong-willed child is extremely challenging and exhausting. When every little thing can turn into a drawn out battle or meltdown, it can be difficult to get through the day. Your child may have difficulties with transitions, accepting the word “no” or being told what to do. Often times, strong-willed children behave well in school or in other places, but seem to come unglued once they get home. The constant battles and meltdowns leave you and other family members to feel as if you are “walking on eggshells”, trying to avoid setting off a tantrum. Your strong-willed child seems to set the tone of the entire family, siblings become frustrated or, worse yet, copy their problematic behavior. Fights emerge more often between you and your partner when each of you are trying different approaches to get control of your child’s behavior, none of which seem to be effective. You may feel isolated and alone when you see other well-behaved children or notice comments or stares from other people who seem to be critical of you as the parent. You, yourself, never imagined that you would be the type of parent who ignores some of the bad behavior or words that come out of your child’s mouth to avoid yet another battle.

We specialize in strong-willed children and we love them! They are the ones who will be the CEO’s and running the companies some day if we can channel all that strong-will in the right direction. We will help you learn parenting strategies specific to raising a strong-willed child. We will help your child develop skills to be able to tolerate adults being in charge. Your child will be better-behaved and you will be happier. Our empirically supported treatment approaches for working with strong-willed children have allowed us to see the results of our interventions, as many of our strong-willled children are now highly successful adults who have come back to thank us for understanding, helping and believing in them.