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Recently, temperament traits have come to the forefront of child development theory. In Raising Your Spirited Child, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka's first contribution is to redefine the "difficult child" as the "spirited" child, a child that is, as she says, MORE. Many people are leery about books that are too quick to "type" kids, but Kurcinka, a parent of a spirited child herself and a parent educator for 20 years, doesn't fall into that trap. Instead, she provides tools to understanding your own temperament as well as your child's. When you understand your temperamental matches--and your mismatches--you can better understand, work, live, socialize, and enjoy spirit in your child. By reframing challenging temperamental qualities in a positive way, and by giving readers specific tools to work with these qualities, Kurcinka has provided a book that will help all parents, especially the parents of spirited children, understand and better parent their children.
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. (Dec.)
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Highly useful read, not only for understanding and dealing with your child but also yourself!!!Published 14 months ago by AyGur
I am so grateful to the person who recommended I read this book. I have given a copy to my son's teacher and talk about this book to all mom and dads out there that may benefit... Read morePublished 22 months ago by C. Mills
Absolutely loved this book. She described my child perfectly in such a warm, loving way. This book offers a strengths-based approach to parenting a child who often can be labeled... Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2010 by Linda Harrison
I wish my parents had read this book when they were raising me - poor me as a child and teenager has sufferred so much ... Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2007 by X. Wu
This book was a life saver for our family. My child was diagnosed with Sensory Defensiveness. My child from a baby, used to fight with sun, wind, clothes, hair washing. Read morePublished on May 10 2005
I purchased this book when my son was two years old and began showing many of the traits and characteristics Ms. Kurcinka describes. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2004 by L. A. Robinson
Some of the advice in this book was good- particularly the parts that remind parents children aren't displaying inappropriate behaviour intentionally. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2004 by Mary
This book is exactly what I needed. I have twins boys that are both much more intense, energetic, and perceptive than any of my friend's children their age. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by kabuka