Raising Your Spirited Child, Third Edition: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic

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HarperCollins, Sep 8, 2015 - Family & Relationships - 528 pages

Revised third edition of the award-winning bestseller that has helped millions, now providing the most up-to-date research and even more effective, practical tips and strategies


Do you ever wonder why your child behaves the way he or she does? Are you struggling with tantrums and meltdowns? Do you find yourself getting frustrated and feeling like you’re at the end of your rope?


You are not alone! Many parents are dealing with the same challenges.


In Raising Your Spirited Child, Third Edition, beloved parenting expert Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, Ed.D., offers ALL parents and caregivers a glimpse into what makes their spirited children behave the way they do. The key word that distinguishes spirited children from other children is "more" -- more intense, more persistent, more sensitive and more uncomfortable with change.


Through vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint, this invaluable guide offers emotional support and proven strategies for handling the toughest times. Dr. Mary has devised a plan for success with a simple four-step program that will help you:


·         Understand your child's and your own temperamental traits

·         Cope with tantrums and blowups when they do occur, and prevent them in the future

·         Develop strategies for handling mealtimes, bedtimes, holidays, school, and many other situations. 

·         Implement discipline to win cooperation and establish clear boundaries

·         Teach your child how to be a “problem solver” and work well with others

·         … and more!


Including charts and quick tips for today’s time-challenged parents, this newly updated edition of Raising Your Spirited Child will help you foster a supportive, encouraging, and loving environment for your spirited child.



Building on the Strengths
Why They Do What They
Parents and Kids Fitting Together
Finding the Energy to Cope
Diffusing Your Childs Strong Emotions Begins with
Teaching Your Child SelfRegulation Skills
What to Do When Everything Falls Apart
Understanding the Bonus Traits
Predicting and Preventing the Trouble Spots
Bedtime and Night Waking
Getting Dressed
Getting Along with Other Kids
Holiday and Vacation Hot Spots
Success in School

Choosing Your BattlesWhen to Say
Choosing Your BattlesSaying
Understanding How They Feel
Helping Them Hear Our Directions
Making Transitions Easier
The Rose in My Garden
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Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, Ed.D., is a bestselling author and internationally recognized lecturer and parent educator. Her books Raising Your Spirited Child, Raising Your Spirited Baby, Raising Your Spirited Child Workbook, Kids, Parents and Power Struggles and Sleepless in America: Is Your Child Misbehaving or Missing Sleep? have been translated into more than twenty languages. A former director of one of Minnesota's largest Early Childhood Family Education programs, Mary is the founder of the Spirited Child and Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles workshops. She resides in Bozeman, Montana, with her husband.

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