Raising a Strong-Willed Child

Before you became a parent, you might have imagined many things about your future child. You likely knew that they would be smart, kind, and capable of achieving their dreams. Yet, you might not have bargained for a child whose will is so strong that they border on being defiant. While you can’t change your child’s reactions to the world, you can help them learn to manage their behavior. Parenting a strong-willed child is easier when you keep these strategies in mind.

Remember the Benefits of a Strong Will

If you take a moment to think about a few leaders that you know, you’ll likely notice that they have what people commonly consider to be a strong will. You simply can’t get to the top unless you have a serious passion and drive to get what you want. Your child’s strong will comes with valuable traits such as perseverance, confidence, and a desire to be independent. While this might not seem great when they can throw a tantrum for hours when they don’t get their way, it will one day work out for them to have a personality that makes them ideal for being a CEO.

Encourage a Flexible Mindset

Every activity that your child does at home and school provides them with a chance to practice their social skills. One way that you can help your child is to plan activities at home that require them to adjust to other people’s preferences. For instance, everyone could vote on where to go for a dinner out. Your child might have to learn to go with the flow if their choice is outnumbered. Being in a safe place lets your child work through their difficult emotions before they have to be in public.

Help Them Find Ways to Manage Stress

Children with strong wills often experience more stress than others who adapt quickly to changes. You can teach your child coping skills that they can turn to when they don’t get their way. Try showing your child how to practice deep breathing or briefly play with a soothing toy until they calm down. Make sure to practice these skills when your child is calm so that they can become automatic for them to use later when they are upset.

When you have a strong-willed child, it is important to remember that your mindset also influences your child’s behavior. Try to remember to take a break when you feel stressed, and encourage your child to do the same. Over time, your child will learn how to respond appropriately to changes in their environment and routine, and you can look forward to one day seeing the positive aspects of their strong personality helping them to become a leader in their school and community.

This article was originally published on BryanDunst.com

Raising Your Kids to be Successful

Parenting isn’t easy. After all, there’s no manual to it. Luckily, vicarious learning can simplify it a great deal. Learning from other parents is a great way to avoid making certain mistakes. Scientists have studied different parental behaviors over time. And today, any parent out there has a cheat code to raising successful children. Here are some tips worth noting.

Teach Them to Fall in Love With Nature

The success of a child depends a lot on their cognitive development. Taking the child out to play from an early age helps nurture their cognitive development. It’s even better when the child can interact with green spaces. This leads to a more fulfilling life and a general sense of well-being as the child grows up. On top of this, time spent outdoors also helps children in their academics. Kids who spend time playing outside during recess tend to read better than those who don’t.

Be a Present Parent

This is usually tough for many parents who are trying to put food on the table. Juggling work and family can be difficult. But it’s critical to create time for the kids. Children need to feel supported, and present parents help them do that. Kids who’ve got a good relationship with present parents experience a lot of success. After all, success stems from children with self-esteem and a sense of self-efficacy.

Show Them How to Care for Others

Nurturing altruistic behavior in children is also a great way to ensure success. Making time to teach the kids virtues like kindness, empathy, and love leads to their success. Such success stems from the fact that they’ll have a less selfish way of looking at the world. An egocentric attitude often hampers one’s problem-solving abilities.

Be Someone They Can Look Up To

Children model behaviors of their caregivers. That means if you’d like them to turn out a certain way, you should act that out for them. That doesn’t mean being perfect. It means showing them how to act even when they do make mistakes.

While parenting isn’t easy, bringing up successful kids shouldn’t have to feel impossible. Thanks to all the research that’s out there, one only needs to apply the information.

This article was originally published on BryanDunst.com