I Want My Strong-Willed Child to Continue Rolling Her Eyes — Here’s Why

I have become more strong-willed as I have gotten older. I have recovered from eating disorders and have discovered who I am by gaining the confidence to explore my passions and the wherewithal to not care as much about what people think. But I missed out.

So, in my opinion, strong-willed is an extremely good quality to have from the get-go. Yes, it’s tough to parent, but it’s highly necessary in this hard world.

Strong-willed means I won’t have to worry as much about my daughter people-pleasing and bending into the pressures of others. Being a parent of a strong-willed child, you know that your child won’t give in to the demands of others. I mean, my child hardly ever listens to me until at least the fifth try, if at all, so I think she will be pretty keen on the whole concept of only doing what makes her comfortable.

So, I want her to continue to roll her eyes.

Strong-willed means she will persevere no matter who tells her she can’t. She will do what she puts her mind to, and no one will deter her goals.

So, I want her to continue to roll her eyes.

Strong-willed means, she will challenge what you say. She wants proof. I can tell my daughter not to drink the soapy bath water because it tastes bad, but she will have to experience the soapy “yucky” taste for herself to believe me. She will not so readily accept your truth as her truth, and that will serve her well. She will experience for herself before she forms an opinion.

Danielle Sherman-Lazar
Dani Sherman-Lazar is an eating disorder advocate, Vice President of a transportation company, and a mother to two daughters. Follow her on her blog Living a Full Life After ED and like it on Facebook. Her book Living FULL: Winning My Battle with Eating Disorders is available for pre-order on Amazon.

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