The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 304 pages
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What′s an explosive child? A child who responds to routine problems with extreme frustration-crying, screaming, swearing, kicking, hitting, biting, spitting, destroying property, and worse. A child whose frequent, severe outbursts leave his or her parents feeling frustrated, scared, worried, and desperate for help. Most of these parents have tried everything-reasoning, explaining, punishing, sticker charts, therapy, medication-but to no avail. They can′t figure out why their child acts the way he or she does; they wonder why the strategies that work for other kids don′t work for theirs; and they don′t know what to do instead.

Dr. Ross Greene, a distinguished clinician and pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: these kids aren′t attention-seeking, manipulative, or unmotivated, and their parents aren′t passive, permissive pushovers. Rather, explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, and they require a different approach to parenting.

Throughout this compassionate, insightful, and practical book, Dr. Greene provides a new conceptual framework for understanding their difficulties, based on research in the neurosciences. He explains why traditional parenting and treatment often don′t work with these children, and he describes what to do instead. Instead of relying on rewarding and punishing, Dr. Greene′s Collaborative Problem Solving model promotes working with explosive children to solve the problems that precipitate explosive episodes, and teaching these kids the skills they lack.

  

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Not a fun read, but good insights. - Goodreads
Difficult to read at times... - Goodreads
A good read, lots of good advice, practical book. - Goodreads
Amazing book which has given me a great deal of insight - Goodreads
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Great advice for any parent with a difficult child. - Goodreads

Review: The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children

User Review  - Nikki Morse - Goodreads

My sister worked for Ross Greene after college -- and now I'm parenting an explosive child. Go figure. Vital, necessary, life saving -- now let's see how we do with full implementation. Read full review

Review: The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children

User Review  - Kirsti Call - Goodreads

This book has one helpful message: Kids behave well when then can! They only behave badly because they lack the skills to behave well. I like this attitude and collaborative approach to discipline. This is a great book for any parent :) Read full review

Contents

Kids Do Well If They Can
11
Drama in Real Life
49
The Truth About Consequences
71
Trouble in Paradise
119
Family Matters
221
The Dinosaur in the Building
251
Better
289
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About the author (2009)

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is Associate Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School and the originator of the model described in this book. He serves extensively as a consultant to families, schools, and therapeutic facilities and lectures widely throughout the world. Additional resources on his approach can be found on the website of his nonprofit Lives in the Balance (www.livesinthebalance.org).

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