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13 Ways to Conquer Preschool Power Struggles

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By Lisa Medoff, Ph.D.

Power struggles are a common occurrence during the preschool years. Young children who engage in power struggles are developing normally: they are learning that they have their own thoughts, feelings, and desires that are sometimes different than those of adults. But while kids should learn to be assertive, they should also follow your rules. Here are some ideas for avoiding power struggles and for dealing with them when they do occur: