How do you handle your strong-willed child?

United States
March 26, 2009 10:53pm CST
My 2 1/2 year old is VERY strong willed...stubborn. He's been this way since birth. Sometimes I just don't know what to do or how to handle him. Do you have a super, super stubborn child and how do you handle them?
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@cindyhxf (1447)
• China
27 Mar 09
i don't have super btobborn child.but my co-worker has.she felt bad to teach and talk to her boy everyday !she said she was very tired to do that,i could understand that but maybe it is just problems for growing up kid.anyway,parents couldn't give up so early and try to find good ways to teach.remember don't give up !good luck
• United States
30 Mar 09
My son is going to be 3 in May and is very stuborn. There are times it is very hard to control him and then there are times he listens to every word we say. They only thing I have found that helps when he is in a mood as we call it is pull him a side and tell him what he is doind wrong and if he does not calm down he is going to his room. Now in his room there are toys and cable tv but non of that matters to him when he knows he is in trouble and his little brother is not going to. To him this is the worst thing in the world to him. I will put him in is room for about 3 or 4 minutes then go in and talk to him and he seems to calm down. I have been doing this for about 2 weeks now and each day is better then the last. On an average he is going in his room about 2 times a day when I started it was about 8 or 9 times a day. I dont know if this will help but it really seems to work on my son.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
27 Mar 09
My daughter(just turned 2 in January) has been stubborn and super independent since birth. I have no idea how to deal with her. She is also a very active child. It is almost impossible to get her to sleep at night because she just will not sit still. She will not do what she is told most of the time. Things have to be HER idea or she has a fit. No amount of talking, punishing, anything works with her. I hope you get some good advice from someone else cause I could use it too.
• United States
27 Mar 09
it sounds like your daughter and my son might get along... or not! :) My sons also likes things to be *his* idea.
@Chay428 (65)
• United States
27 Mar 09
I have a daughter which is 2 1/2 year old also but not that stuboorn. She's mischievous sometime but she knows if I am already mad for what she did and if I am just playing with her. She knows her limitation if she will exceeds to that, I'll just give her a tiger look and she'll stop. I always gave her a reward if she did something worth rewarding like she wash her hands alone, wash her feet, etc. Try to give your son a reward for something good he will do and no reward for every bad things he will do. *wink*