Parenting tips to deal with stubborn kids

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(Last Updated On: May 16, 2016)

Being a parent is not easy. It involves taking care of a kid who can be obedient or stubborn at different times. Such kids are hard to deal with as they often behave in a way to irk the parents most of the time. More so, such kids want things their own way, come what it may, which puts parents under great pressure.

More so, like to have full control over the situations. They want to lord over everything, including their siblings. At times, they behave like a dictator and this becomes too much to handle for parents. Such kids are extremely hard to manage, but they have to. Their stubbornness needs to be curbed, tackled and tamed, all in a gradual manner.

You however need to know some to deal with stubborn kids:

1 Talk to them more often

First of all, you must talk and communicate with your kid. This boosts the understanding between kids and parents, which often cuts down the intensity and instances of stubbornness over time. More so, try spending more time with the kid, as in this way, you can win their trust and make them obey you more often than you think.

2 Never resort to violence

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Never shout at your kid, never resort to violence with them; rather, keep calm and handle them with care as all this can tone down their stubbornness in a gradual manner.

3 Make then understand virtues of sharing

Kids who know the art of sharing and exchanging things (toys, candies etc.) with others (friends or siblings) tend to be less stubborn than those who not, so try inculcating the same virtues from the very start.

4 Let them know what is wrong

Kids should know where they err. Make them understand what is wrong, or why stubbornness is not fine. The result may not be encouraging at first, but it can make a difference in future.

5 Appreciate them

You must appreciate the good behaviour of your kid. In doing so, you send out a message that you are all for goodness and not stubbornness. This might make your kid try to live up to your expectations and leave behind their usual ways.

6 Meet their schedules

In most cases, kids show tantrum when their schedule or routine gets disturbed or when they did not get something on time. Try matching their schedule to minimize the occurrences of stubbornness.

7 Don’t impose too many rules on them

Kids love having fun and they don’t want to live with restrictions or rules, at least not for most part. Try not to impose on them too many rules as this can make a rebel out of them. Go soft on them and let them enjoy things on their own terms, not all but at least most.

8 Keep them happy

And lastly, you got to keep them happy; you have to pamper them at times and you have to make them feel like wanted. You need to surprise them with their favourite books, ice creams, music, outings etc. They would love all this and in return shower more love and less tantrum on you.

In overall, stubborn kids are not easy to handle and they need a lot of care. Being cool and calm with them seems the best strategy and you should follow that.

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