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Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic (1991)

by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

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Including real life stories, this newly revised third edition of the award-winning bestseller‚??voted one of the top twenty parenting books‚??provides parents with the most up-to-date research, effective discipline tips, and practical strategies for raising spirited children.

Do you ever wonder why your child acts the way he or she does? Are you at a loss regarding your child's emotional intelligence and how to prevent 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, parenting expert Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, Ed.D, offers ALL parents a glimpse into what makes their children behave the way they do. Through vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint, this invaluable guide offers parents emotional support and proven strategies for handling the toughest times. Dr. Kurcinka has devised a plan for success with a simple, four-step program that will help you discover the power of positive‚??rather than negative‚??labels, understand your child's and your own temperamental traits, cope with tantrums and blowups when they do occur, develop strategies for handling mealtimes, bedtimes, holidays, school, and many other situations.

In this third revised edition, you will find:

  • More practical strategies to help you manage your own intensity (keep your cool)
  • Effective discipline tips‚??including how to win cooperation and establish clear expectations and limits
  • New strategies for managing the meltdowns‚??including how to prevent them in the future
  • Revised tips for helping your spirited child fall asleep and stay asleep
  • Revised tips for finding the school that "fits" your child
  • Ideas for working with your child when he or she does not want to talk about emotions
  • Steps to teaching your child how to be "problem solvers," work well with others, and be more flexible
  • ... 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 y… (more)

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    This was a godsend for me and my spirited child! ( )
      spiritedstardust | Dec 29, 2022 |
    purely hypothetical reading, of course.................
      motherraccoon | Jan 8, 2020 |
    Often reading through parenting books is like shopping for a used car. There are a lot of books with scant ideas pretending they're worth the 300 pages they're printed on, like slimy salesmen trying to pawn off piles of junk at full price. The ratio of help to filler can be aggravating. So imagine my surprise when I found this parenting book: one that not only earned its pages in good ideas but exceeded my expectations. If you have a spirited child this is *the* book to read.

    My wife and I didn't realize just how spirited our first born was until we had a second child. I mean we had a small idea but when you only have one child it's hard to distinguish between baby-in-general and this-specific-baby. Well with a little context we gathered this-specific-baby is extremely spirited and a lot of the parenting skills we had to develop were not the same ones our friends with kids were dealing with. It wasn't only a matter of his being an extrovert, but an extrovert who feels feelings more intensely and has extra energy needs, therefore extra energy management needs. How wonderful for his two introverted parents, though he gets his spirited nature from me.

    This book is full of useful (actionable) ideas to help with everything from solving tantrums over getting dressed in the morning to bolstering strengths with language that won't crush your little one's spirit. For categories where we seemed to be doing okay (food) it was confidence building to see how our overarching framework was on the right track so we can stick to the main theories when something new inevitably comes up.

    From small but crucial tips (having them dress themselves in front of a mirror) to large conceptual charges (transitions can't come out of nowhere, even small ones) this book delivers.

    If you or anyone you know has a spirited child I highly recommend this book. It's a game changer. ( )
      Adrian_Astur_Alvarez | Dec 3, 2019 |
    Often reading through parenting books is like shopping for a used car. There are a lot of books with scant ideas pretending they're worth the 300 pages they're printed on, like slimy salesmen trying to pawn off piles of junk at full price. The ratio of help to filler can be aggravating. So imagine my surprise when I found this parenting book: one that not only earned its pages in good ideas but exceeded my expectations. If you have a spirited child this is *the* book to read.

    My wife and I didn't realize just how spirited our first born was until we had a second child. I mean we had a small idea but when you only have one child it's hard to distinguish between baby-in-general and this-specific-baby. Well with a little context we gathered this-specific-baby is extremely spirited and a lot of the parenting skills we had to develop were not the same ones our friends with kids were dealing with. It wasn't only a matter of his being an extrovert, but an extrovert who feels feelings more intensely and has extra energy needs, therefore extra energy management needs. How wonderful for his two introverted parents, though he gets his spirited nature from me.

    This book is full of useful (actionable) ideas to help with everything from solving tantrums over getting dressed in the morning to bolstering strengths with language that won't crush your little one's spirit. For categories where we seemed to be doing okay (food) it was confidence building to see how our overarching framework was on the right track so we can stick to the main theories when something new inevitably comes up.

    From small but crucial tips (having them dress themselves in front of a mirror) to large conceptual charges (transitions can't come out of nowhere, even small ones) this book delivers.

    If you or anyone you know has a spirited child I highly recommend this book. It's a game changer. ( )
      Adrian_Astur_Alvarez | Dec 3, 2019 |
    The best book I've read on what author Mary Sheedy Kurcinka calls "spirited children" - those kids that seem to be "too much" - too loud, too active, too sensitive. Full of encouragement, support, and what has worked for other parents for their spirited kids, this book is like a breath of fresh air for a parent who has been struggling.
    My favorite suggestion was changing the labels you use. Instead of "hyper", try "exuberant". The labels we use are the ones children are going to internalize. "If someone complained, ‚ÄėSilas is awfully loud,‚Äô I would respond, ‚ÄėHe is dramatic, isn‚Äôt he? Let‚Äôs get him outside where we can appreciate that more.‚Äô"
    Definitely recommended as a must-read for parents and care-givers of kids who are spirited! ( )
      ErinMa | Feb 22, 2019 |
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    My husband, Joseph Michael Kurcinka‚ÄĒwithout your insight, wit, and organizational eye I couldn't have done it.

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    Family & Relationships. Nonfiction. HTML:

    Including real life stories, this newly revised third edition of the award-winning bestseller‚??voted one of the top twenty parenting books‚??provides parents with the most up-to-date research, effective discipline tips, and practical strategies for raising spirited children.

    Do you ever wonder why your child acts the way he or she does? Are you at a loss regarding your child's emotional intelligence and how to prevent 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, parenting expert Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, Ed.D, offers ALL parents a glimpse into what makes their children behave the way they do. Through vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint, this invaluable guide offers parents emotional support and proven strategies for handling the toughest times. Dr. Kurcinka has devised a plan for success with a simple, four-step program that will help you discover the power of positive‚??rather than negative‚??labels, understand your child's and your own temperamental traits, cope with tantrums and blowups when they do occur, develop strategies for handling mealtimes, bedtimes, holidays, school, and many other situations.

    In this third revised edition, you will find:

    More practical strategies to help you manage your own intensity (keep your cool) Effective discipline tips‚??including how to win cooperation and establish clear expectations and limits New strategies for managing the meltdowns‚??including how to prevent them in the future Revised tips for helping your spirited child fall asleep and stay asleep Revised tips for finding the school that "fits" your child Ideas for working with your child when he or she does not want to talk about emotions Steps to teaching your child how to be "problem solvers," work well with others, and be more flexible ... 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 y

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    The spirited child--often called "difficult" or "strong-willed"--possesses traits we value in adults yet find challenging in children. Research shows that spirited children are wired to be "more"; by temperament, they are more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and more uncomfortable with change than the average child. In this newly revised third edition of the award-winning classic, Dr. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka provides vivid examples of real-life challenges and a refreshingly positive viewpoint. Within these pages, you will find New strategies for managing intensity levels--not just the spirited child's, but yours too A simple, four-step program for peaceful bedtimes, mealtimes, holidays, and many other commonly challenging situations A focus on your child's strengths Steps for teaching your child how to be a problem solver and how to work with others Updated guidance on establishing clear limits And more! Charts and quick tips make this newly updated edition an indispensable guide for fostering a supportive, encouraging, and loving environment for children.
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