Ya’ll. The numbers don’t lie, my interview with Kirk Martin last month was a big hit.

Which tells me parents are desperate for ways to calmly manage and connect with their children. We don’t want to yell, lecture or threaten. But in the moment we don’t know what else to do.

And the kids who push us the hardest? The ones who corner us in resorting to heavy handed parenting?

The strong-willed kiddos.

On today’s episode I invited Kirk to come back and give us some tools for guiding the hard-to-handle little ones (and not so little ones).

Several husbands listened to episode 62. So in this episode Kirk starts with a couple of tips for the dads.

Then we get personal and I get advice for dealing with the boys in our home who say “I don’t want to” more than “yes, ma’am”. The solution has more to do with me than with them…ahem.

What we chat about:

  • Kirk’s advice for dad, using a football analogy
  • One small thing couples can do to show kids connection
  • Kirk’s helpful definition of a strong-willed child
  • Practical tips to help direct your bright children looking for ownership
  • How your tone affects your children’s response.
  • Making the transition from the old controlling way to new calm parenting–setting new expectations
  • Some of my new favorite phrases to use when parenting

Connect with Kirk:

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Links Mentioned:

Do you have a strong-willed child? What advice did you find most useful?

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