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A Focus Series

Your strong-willed child

How to defuse their defiance and enjoy their strengths
Inside this Series

Strong-willed kids have many enviable traits. They’re typically smart, confident and determined, and they show a remarkable capacity for creative thinking and problem-solving. On the other hand though, their iron-strong will and tendency to challenge authority can be frustrating and exhausting for parents. On this page, you’ll find help on how to bring out the best in your strong-willed child – how to motivate them, secure their cooperation and enjoy more peace in your home.


Insights from Cynthia Tobias

Recommended reading:

You Can't Make Me, But I Can Be Persuaded, by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias


Insights from others


Recommended reading:

Parenting Your Powerful Child, by Kevin Leman

The New Strong-Willed Child, by Dr. James Dobson