First Things First: How to parent a strong-willed child

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My wife and I are blessed with two strong-willed children. I don't say blessed lightly or sarcastically. While parenting strong-willed kids is challenging (parenting, in general, is challenging, am I right?), I'm excited for what the future holds.

So what makes a child strong-willed anyway?

Don't all kids strive for independence and push boundaries? Don't all kids test how far they can push their parents to get what they want? Yes, this is a normal part of childhood. All kids test boundaries to see how far they can go. It's how they discover safety and security. Strong-willed kids just exhibit these traits more consistently. This doesn't mean they are "bad kids." They're just determined to do things their way.

Strong-willed kids are passionate and courageous. They're natural-born leaders. They desire to learn on their own terms, questioning what they're told.