August 11, 2011
Who's The Boss?
extinguishing! You’ve probably heard the phrase, “If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry?” Well there have many times I just bust out laughing because I'm on the brink of tears. I’ve been consistent, implemented immediate consequences, talked to her about ground rules during peaceful moments, not given into her tantrums, and many other things. I have read many books about discipline and strong-willed children, and learned quite a bit. Still, at this stage she feels like a hearty scream is the best way to express herself when she doesn’t get her way.
The definition of a strong willed child is [a child] “having a determined will”. (The Free Dictionary). These children present themselves as very needy of praise and cuddling, as very passionate and as having a strong drive for perfection. Here's my definition of a strong willed child is one who will test his/her parents over and over again to see how much they will give in. They just don't give up and they will see how long it takes to get away with something and wear you down!
I'm determined to get this parenting down with her so that we can live in harmony, even if it's within her harmony. As long I can figure this out before she becomes a teenager and HATES me.