How should I manage parenting my strong-willed boys?

Veronica - posted on 07/17/2015 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I need advice on managing my 3 strong-willed children. They are all boys (ages 2, 4 and 5). They will cry and cry until they get exactly what they want. Then they will be perfectly good and will even say sorry. Help!

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Dove - posted on 07/17/2015

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Don't give in. If they are crying over something they can't have you can try distracting them w/ something they CAN have... otherwise, send them all to the bedroom until they are ready to stop crying.

Sarah - posted on 07/17/2015

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Well don't give in. You are teaching them how to act. If crying gets their way why should they change they are getting what they want.

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Karhryn - posted on 07/19/2015

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When they ask for something they want and can't have, give them a choice of what they can have. It's often the word "no" they react to. By giving them alternatives it makes them feel like they are not losing control. Put the power in their hands to make a choice.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/17/2015

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How should you manage? By NOT giving in, as you have so far. They cry until you give them what they want, because you always give them what they want. That's not so difficult to figure out. They've got you figured out just like Pavlov's dog. They cry, you give.
Try holding out on a consistent basis.

Jodi - posted on 07/17/2015

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I wonder why they cry until they get what they want? Maybe because it works and they get what they want? Why would they stop if it is working for them?

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