That’s the question that opens the book Journey of a Strong-Willed Child by Kendra Smiley, her son Aaron, and “resident dad” John.

I really enjoyed this book, having two strong-willed offspring of my own. The book takes an interesting track by having the adult child, as well as both parents, offer his point of view on growing up strong willed. The specific stories and the good sense of humor through out make this an enjoyable read as well as useful.

Personally, I was encouraged to focus on my children’s unique strengths and to be consistent with them. And seeing the end result (Aaron’s now a vet, a husband, and a dad–and practically my Indiana neighbor!) was one of the best parts of the whole book. It helps when you’re in the parenting trenches to be reminded it’s a process with an end result.

I recommend this book for anyone with a strong-willed child or who has to deal with one and would like some insight into their unique thought process.

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