Teenage girl with arms folded, looking defiant

Children will be stubborn at some time or another. Stubborn children will drive parents mad because they won’t shift out of their mindset and bend. They will stick to their guns about something and they may raise their voice in doing so, stamp their feet and slam doors. This does not help communication and can often cause arguments.

Stubbornness is not a desirable trait. However, it does show that a child is determined and has their own thoughts, values and beliefs. Encouraging children to be more flexible and less stubborn has its advantages.

4 Tips to Encourage Children to Be Less Stubborn

Tip 1: If children are less stubborn they are more likely to listen to another person’s point of view and be open to different perspectives. This will allow them to find solutions that work for everyone rather than thinking about themselves. Friends and family will see them as more open and accessible to ideas and thoughts. This skill is not only beneficial in childhood but also throughout their lives.

Tip 2: Being less stubborn nurtures empathy and social skills. By considering others’ viewpoints, children can learn to appreciate different opinions and develop better interpersonal relationships. This can lead to healthier friendships and better collaboration with peers.

Tip 3: Being more flexible in their thinking can enhance learning. Children who are willing to adapt and consider new ideas are more open to new experiences and knowledge. This not only benefits their academic growth but also fosters a love for learning.

Tip 4: Being less stubborn can reduce conflicts because stubbornness can lead to unnecessary arguments and power struggles. Parents can teach children to be less rigid in their opinions and more accepting of others enabling a happier family environment.

The-Parents-Toolkit by the Kids Coach, Naomi RichardsWhy not try some of these ideas? Whilst determination and a strong will can be valuable traits, it’s equally important to teach children the benefits of flexibility and open-mindedness. Flexibility allows them to get on better with people.

If you need a hand with a stubborn child (or any other traits you want help with) please take a look at The Parent’s Toolkit. I wrote the book to enable parents to help their children to be their best and grow into resilient, confident adults.