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(c) 2010 By Deborah Beasley, ACPI CCPF

Looking for solutions to parenting a child with inflexible behaviors, before all your hairs turn gray?  Step away from the hair dye!  The solutions are simple,  and the revelation will be enough to make you say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

How can you recognize the inflexible child?  He is the one who is sometimes defiant, stubborn, and resistant to change.   She is the one who fiercely holds to what is familiar, worn out clothing, old shoes, and the same cereal every morning.  Inflexible children can break down in tears at the sudden suggestion of going shopping, or to the park.  They can become considerably defensive and angry over a request to move from play to sitting with the family at dinnertime.  If these descriptions sound familiar, you have an inflexible child.

  • Here are four solutions to parenting an inflexible child!
  • Meet inflexibility by being flexible in your expectations of your child’s capabilities in that moment.
  • Pause and allow your child’s brain to process the request.
  • Make time to discover what is at the heart of your child’s resistant behavior.
  • Motivate your child through the power of connection.

The definition of inflexible is:  incapable of change, not to be turned, determined, unyielding.  How do you parent the inflexible child?   Flexible expectations, pausing to process a change, discovering the heart of the matter, and moving your child through connection with him, will make all the difference.

The solutions are simple.

Simple? Yes!  But, are they easy to implement?  Now that is another story!  Do tell!