Raising your Spirited Child

Raising your Spirited Child

A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic

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Baker & Taylor
A revised edition of a classic guide to raising challenging children draws on current research to provide parenting strategies for such areas as sleep resistance, getting along with peers, and managing conflict. By the author of Sleepless in America. Original.


Newly revised, featuring the most up-to-date research, effective strategies, and real-life stories

The spirited child—often called "difficult" or "strong-willed"—possesses traits we value in adults yet find challenging in children. Research shows that spirited kids are wired to be "more"—by temperament, they are more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and uncomfortable with change than the average child. In this revised edition of the award-winning classic, voted one of the top twenty books for parents, Kurcinka provides vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint. Raising Your Spirited Child will help you:

  • understand your child's­—and your own—temperamental traits
  • discover the power of positive—rather than negative—labels
  • cope with the tantrums and power struggles when they do occur
  • plan for success with a simple four-step program
  • develop strategies for handling mealtimes, sibling rivalry, bedtimes, holidays, and school, among other situations

Book News
Kurcinka knows very well what it is to have children who operate at full throttle all the time and updates this classic with the latest research on how to make living in a whirlwind a positive experience for both parent and child. She explains these children's high spirits and ways to exercise parenting, including diffusing strong reactions, keeping cool, choosing battles, helping children hear directions, making positive use of their energy and need for regularity, and spotting triggers for tantrums. She gives advice on planning for high and low points, dealing with sibling rivalry, getting through the night and meals, dressing, socializing, getting through holidays and working well in school. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Offers insight and provides tips for handling difficult and "spirited" children, who place greater than average demands on parents.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2006
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780060739669
Characteristics: x, 480 p. ; 21 cm


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Feb 26, 2014

This is the most fantastic book I have ever read. If you have a child that is MORE (more sensitive, more intense, more... anything) than read this book. It has changed our family completely. My oldest is Spirited and I had no idea how to help him and us with his issues. This gave us the tools. Even if you don't have a Spirited child it helps. Certainly eye opening....and life changing. My son is happy....finally.


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