Supporting Spirited Sprouts: Strategies to Help Calm the Desire to Be Right

Brief Description:
Parenting strong-willed children can seem like an uphill battle. This presentation will help parents better understand why children push back and want to be in charge. A CHOC psychologist will discuss strategies to help parents and caregivers keep their cool while taking a positive approach to parenting.

Date Aired: Thursday, March 3, 2022 | 5:00 – 6:00 PM (PST)  

Presenter: Amy Morse, PsyD, Pediatric Psychologist

Dr. Amy Morse is a Pediatric Psychologist at CHOC Hospital where she provides individual and group therapy services to children and teens experiencing chronic medical conditions. She also participates in the supervision and training of externs and interns. Dr. Morse has experience treating youth across the spectrum of mental health care, from mild anxiety to chronic, debilitating depression. In addition, she has presented at national and international conferences on the importance of delivering high-quality services to young patients. Dr. Morse previously worked in the field of Child Life at hospitals on the east and west coast before pursuing a career in pediatric psychology. She is committed to the emotional well-being of youth and access to high-quality mental health care for the children and adolescents of Orange County.

Language: English
Topic Age Range: 0-5 Years Old


  • Review data related to the prevalence of strong-willed children.
  • Identify factors that can contribute to oppositional behavior in young children.
  • Explore evidence-based strategies to help decrease challenging behavior in the home.