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Description - Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

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

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780060739669
ISBN-10: 0060739665
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 135mm x 28mm)
Pages: 496
Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Book Review: Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka - Reviewed by (27 Jul 2011)

If you've ever felt like tearing your hair out with frustration about your child, feeling confused about what makes them tick, or just wishing you could change them, I highly recommend that you read this book! It will help you to clarify if your child (or you!) are indeed "spirited". There are helpful quizzes to determine this. I love the fact that the author encourages the parent to examin their own spiritedness, not just their child's.

Another area I found helpful was the encouragement to reframe, or re-label, the child's characteristics.

This book will really help you to understand your child better (and yourself!) and has helpful strategies for dealing with the specific areas of spiritedness.

I highly recommend this book, as well as the author's other book, "Kids, Parents & Power Struggles".


Author Biography - Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, Ed.D., is the director of ParentChildHelp. She is an award-winning lecturer and parent educator. Dr. Kurcinka provides private consultations and workshops nationally and internationally for parents and for professionals serving families and children. She is also the bestselling author of Raising Your Spirited Child Workbook, Sleepless in America, and Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles.

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