Step-parenting a Strong-Willed Child – Huffington Post

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Do you have a stepchild that changes the entire energy of the house when they walk in? Are they stubborn and do they throw a fit when they don’t get their way?

If so, check out my article, Step-parenting Strong-Willed Children, on Huffington Post to find out how to protect your sense of well-being when you’re around your strong-willed stepchild.


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2 thoughts on “Step-parenting a Strong-Willed Child – Huffington Post

  1. Hi, I just finished reading your article and I must say that it really made me feel better. I’ve been struggling with my boyfriend’s kids for a while now. The older one, Julian, he is JUST as the examples you described in you article. My boyfriend, and his ex wife, believe that by letting their kids be they’ll have more creative and liberal lives; but I disagree. The throw tantrums almost every 5 minutes. I’m going crazy! There’s no discipline at all. And even when they try to discipline them, it does not work ’cause they are already used to have control of the situation. I have talked to my boyfriend about this and he said that he does not want them to have that much boundaries when I suggested they should not be allowed to jump on the couch! Am I that crazy? Is that a thing now? Letting your kids do their own way? I don’t get it. I don’t want it in my house. I’ll try to follow your advice and also try to calm down. I’ve been on the edge lately. Thanks a lot for such a useful piece.

  2. Hi Samantha, if your boyfriend has made it clear that he doesn’t see the need for discipline or boundaries you might want to rethink whether this is the relationship for you. If you think it’s difficult now, it’s going to be impossible when they’re teenagers. I recommend seriously taking a look at what’s important to you and whether you can, want to and deserve to live like this for years to come. Good luck.

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