Children may be viewed as stubborn if they refuse to cooperate with planned activities, refuse to stop playing with something, throw a tantrum, or generally don’t follow directions. It is important to remember that these behaviors can be a normal part of development. Young children are learning how to self regulate their behavior and they are developing a sense of self, which are slow processes that can involve experimenting with limits. It is important to try to be patient with young children who are being stubborn and to give them lots of calm, continuous guidance which will support them in becoming self-regulated learners. Each child is different and will take more or less time to develop these skills.