Raising Your Spirited Child Rev Ed
A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic
The award-winning bestseller that has helped millions, providing research-based, effective strategies, practical tips 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 award-winning classic, voted one of the top twenty books for parents, Dr. Mary provides a refreshingly positive viewpoint and a plan for success with a simple four-step program.
In this book, you will find ways to:
· 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
· Develop strategies for handling mealtimes, sibling rivalry, bedtimes, holidays, and school, among other situations
Including quick tips and strategies for today’s time-challenged parents, Raising Your Spirited Child will help you foster a supportive, encouraging, and loving environment for your spirited child.
Kurcinka's now-classic guide to raising children who are "more" more intense, more sensitive, more persistent, etc. gets a greatest-hits treatment in this brief audio version read by the author, a teacher and parent educator. The abridgement can be abrupt at times; in the effort to condense a 300-page book to a three hours, many memorable and useful examples, illustrations and anecdotes have been excised in favor of general principles and descriptions of the basic traits common to spirited children. Helpfully, though, each CD is imprinted with track titles and time signatures, a great boon to parents who want to retrieve specific information quickly. Kurcinka's voice can sometimes be a problem; it tends to trail off to such a low end-of-sentence volume that listeners may have to strain to catch what she is saying. Kurcinka never really achieves a deep or comfortable vocal resonance even at the best of times, though she does exhibit a quiet dramatic intensity despite the brittle, high tones. In all, it's difficult to justify the additional $10 this audio costs over the far meatier trade paperback version, which offers considerably more bang for the buck. HarperCollins paperback.