Originally Posted by lulabelle
My daughter has a very strong will and I want to be able to homeschool her without constantly arguing with her about everything. She is only 3 1/2 right now, but once we start homeschooling, life could get very interesting.
I am interested in any advice/experience with strong willed children and teaching them! Thanks!
Well, of course, there's the fact that she might change as she gets older, but, as the parent of a strong-willed child, I know there's also the chance that she won't.
When my dc was that age, I found I kept reminding myself of something that my grandmother once told me: "It takes two to argue." Simple enough, but a life-saver when dc and I would start to get into it because it would remind me that it wasn't HER being difficult--it was a clash BETWEEN us. It helped me to sort out what was really important and worth struggling over and what I could let go (most of what we clashed over, I could let go without a problem.) What I couldn't let go led to us working on compromises and being better at problem-solving. It's just about respecting her opinions and choices (and by modeling that, she'll learn to respect yours and others') and finding ways to do things so that are acceptable to you both.
All that to say that, while I know it can be a challenge, having a strong-willed child can lead to great things as well!