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preserve. We’re going to be a lot more cooperative with you and a lot more ready to do the right thing when we know you believe in us and we know you value us. I think that makes all the difference in the world. My dad was a strong authority with me, but we had a very healthy relationship that I wanted to keep. I was willing to work with him and he was willing to back off a little, and we worked it out.

SCOUTING: A big part of strong relation- ships between adults is honesty. How does that relate to a parent’s relation- ship with a strong-willed child? C.T.:Especially with the older strong- willed kids, your transparency is really valuable. There’s nothing wrong with saying to your teenage strong-willed

child, “I need a do-over; I need a mul- ligan. I’m not going to apologize for what I’m asking you to do, but I think I might have to back off a little on how I just asked you to do it.”

SCOUTING:How can you offer a strong- willed child a do-over? C.T.: If I do something outrageous and you say, “Nice try; I don’t think so,” and smile at me, then I have a little fire escape. You’ve provided a way for me to back down gracefully instead of pointing your bony finger at me and giving me no choice. I want to back down gracefully.

SCOUTING:Your book is about par- enting strong-willed children, but wouldn’t most of the techniques work

with more compliant kids as well? C.T.:This works for every child, but it’s critical for the strong-willed child. My compliant child responds well to all these things, but if I don’t use those things, I can still get by some- times. With my strong-willed child, it becomes critical.

SCOUTING:What message would you give to Scout leaders who work with other people’s strong-willed children? C.T.:The adults who don’t give up on us will make all the difference for us and how we turn out and what we do with our strength of will. We’re going to change the world, one way or the other. The more you can help influence the direction we take, the more you can really affect the whole world. ¿


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