I am sure many of us have encountered one.
I have one at home. Stubborn would be what some of us will call them.
They do what they want, never mind what you the parent have to say or think.
Would you give up what you really love to eat?
Well, she did. I picked her up after school one day, and had brought along a chocolate bar for her to snack on. She, at first, went : Yippee!
Then she told me she was going to leave it for her younger siblings, which had me puzzled.
When I queried her, she informed me that they were shown a National Geographic documentary in school which showed very young children being exploited (paid meagre sums of money) in the harvesting of cocoa. And she thinks that because that is not right, she was going to boycott chocolate products!
I tried to reason with her that cost of living over there may be super low, and what the children are paid may not be as low as depicted in the documentary, and sometimes lobbyists will do certain things to push what they want or to score political points. And I told her, maybe its better for these kids to be paid the small sums to work in the fields, earning an honest living, then to hang around street corners and be lured by drugs or even worse, into prostitution.
Nothing I said could convince her to have that chocolate bar.
I guess having a strong-willed child has its pros and cons. They are not easily influenced by friends or what others think and do. But they can be so stubborn, that even logical reasoning may not sway them.