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Raising Your Spirited Child Rev Ed: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic [Paperback]

Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
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Nov. 16 2006

Newly revised, featuring the most up-to-date research, effective strategies, 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 revised edition of the award-winning classic, voted one of the top twenty books for parents, Kurcinka provides vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint. Raising Your Spirited Child will help you:

  • 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
  • plan for success with a simple four-step program
  • develop strategies for handling mealtimes, sibling rivalry, bedtimes, holidays, and school, among other situations

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"The book will prove to be a real lifesaver." --Louise Bates Ames, author and association director, Gessell Institute of Human "Through excellent examples and easy-to-read text, this book provides parents with a pathway to understanding their child's temperament and to a place where parents can balance the needs of their child's unique temperament with their own needs and those of their family." -- James Cameron, Ph.D., executive director, The Preventive Ounce, Berkeley, California

About the Author

Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, M.A., is an award-winning educator in Minnesota's Early Childhood Family Education Program, and founder of the Spirited Child and Power Struggles workshops. She is the bestselling author of Sleepless in America and Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles, and she lives with her family in St. Paul, Minnesota.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, some worthwhile advice Oct. 4 2007
Format:Paperback
For the past 3 years, I've read countless books and listened to healthcare professionals that told me to let my daughter 'cry it out', even to leave her lying in her own vomit, to push independance. Well, that probably is fine for a lot of children, but for 'spirited children', it's a different story. Until I read this book, I always felt like I was spoiling my child and was just being a sucker for giving in all the time. If you have a child that is spirited (intense, sensitive), this is a book you must read. If your child also has difficulty sleeping, I also recommend Kurcinka's book "Sleepless in America".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a parenting book to read and reread Aug. 14 2007
Format:Paperback
I think this book is really balanced. It talks about some of the emotional challenge that parents of difficult-to-parent children face. It talks about adjusting your parenting style to accommodate the child's needs while still putting limits. It talks about helping teach your child to fit into the world (for example, through asking for what they need rather than becoming upset or learning how to approach groups of other children quietly rather than just barging in).

This is a book that helps me to look more closely at what is actually happening when my son and I get stuck butting heads. The section on introverts and extraverts helps me understand not just my son but my husband as well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insightful book Dec 14 2013
By Smartt
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No other book out there that gives as much insight into a spirited child. Really helped us to understand what triggers certain behaviour and how to make sure our daughter is as comfortable and happy as possible :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource! July 14 2013
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Provides insightful information for all those parents who feel like there are in a desperate situation. It helped me understand my son and realise he isn't as bad a I thought.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best find ever! March 3 2011
By Kim TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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this book may have saved my sanity! there are lots of books that tell you how to raise kids but none of them seem to address the issues I was facing... I picked up the book to find tips on how to get my kid to be 'normal' but the book helped me see what an amazing kid I've got BECAUSE she is who she is! for any spirited parent of a spirited child this is a must have -- YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Summarizes our child perfectly April 4 2014
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I constantly refer to this book when chatting with friends about the challenges we face with our kids. It helped me understand my daughter's personality (and mine) and gave us some great tools to build a better relationship.
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