Parent Center - Strong Willed Child Quotient

You Can’t Make Me [But I Can Be Persuaded], from Cynthia Ulrich Tobias’s book

Mark only those statements that are true almost 100% of the time:

 _____  Almost never accepts words like “impossible” or phrases like “it can’t be done.”
 _____  Can move with lighting speed from being a warm, loving presence to being a cold, immovable force.
 _____  May argue the point into the ground, sometimes just to see how far into the ground the point will go.
 _____  When bored, has been known to create a crisis rather than have a day go by without incident.
 _____  Considers rules to be more like guidelines (i.e., “As long as I’m abiding by the ‘spirit of the law’, why are you being so picky?’).
 _____  Shows great creativity and resourcefulness seems to always find a way to accomplish a goal.
 _____  Can turn what seems to be the smallest issue into a grand crusade or a raging controversy.
 _____  Doesn’t do things just because “you’re supposed to” it needs to matter personally.
 _____  Refuses to obey unconditionally seems to always have a few terms of negotiation be fore complying.
 _____  Is not afraid to try the unknown to conquer the unfamiliar (although each SWC choose his or her own risks, they all seem to possess the confidence to try new things).
 _____  Can take what was meant to be the simplest request and interpret it as an offensive ultimatum
 _____  May not actually apologize but almost always makes things right.
 _____  Score: How Much Strong Will Do You Have?:
  • 0-3 You’ve got it, but you don’t use it much.
  • 4-7 You use it when you need to, but not on a daily basis.
  • 8-10 You’ve got a very healthy dose of it, but you can back off when you want to.
  • 11-12 You don’t leave home without it and it’s almost impossible to not use it.

Remember, You Can’t Make Me.

But I Can Be Persuaded!

Our strong-willed members will keep us forever challenged. We won’t have to worry about becoming bored or getting into a rut. There’s a lot to be said for that! I hope this has given us a glimpse into the minds and hearts of SWCs, and I especially hope we can keep a different perspective in our relationships with all of the SWCs in our program. Life is too short to constantly battle those in our care. If we can begin to understand the inner workings of a SWC’s mind, we may hold the key to his or her heart. It sure beats knocking down the door!

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