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03: Challenging kiddos, do you have a strong willed one?

By March 19, 2018November 28th, 2022Mastermind Parenting Podcast
03: Challenging kiddos, do you have a strong willed one?

In this episode, we are going to discuss strong willed kids. These kids present as defiant and defensive. Everyone seems to walk on eggshells around these kids.

Most likely, these kids have a highly sensitive nervous system. Smells are smellier, tastes are more intense, tags are scratchy-er, noises are noisier.When you have a highly sensitive nervous system, the world feels overstimulating most of the time and even more so during early childhood.

These kids are often exhausted from the overstimulation and irritable as a result. The adults in their lives often mistake their cranky behavior. These kids frequently feel misunderstood and behave defensively.

I have an interesting theory about these kids. I believe they are catalysts for change. I will teach you how to see your kid’s strong willed-ness as their super power.

Here are some pointers if you have a strong willed kid:

  1. Stay on top of basic needs: Sleep and nutrition.
  2. Get the sleep thing figured out. 10-11 hours a night of sleep is a necessity if you have a highly sensitive nervous system.
  3. Structure and exercise is important. Get them outside and away from screens.
  4. Solo sports like swimming can be phenomenal.
  5. See his point of view. Understand how he’s wired.


As always, thanks for listening, and be sure and head over to Facebook and you can join my free group Mastermind Parenting Community, where we post tips and tools and do pop up Live conversations where I do extra teaching and coaching to support you in helping your strong-willed children so that they can FEEL better and DO better. If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it!

About Randi Rubenstein

Randi Rubenstein helps parents with a strong-willed kiddo become a happier family and enjoy the simple things again like bike rides and beach vacays.

She’s the founder of Mastermind Parenting, host of the Mastermind Parenting podcast, and author of The Parent Gap. Randi works with parents across the U.S.

At Mastermind Parenting, we believe every human deserves to have a family that gets along.

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