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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 – Nov 28 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (Nov. 28 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060739665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060739669
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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, Ed.D., is the director of ParentChildHelp. She is an award-winning lecturer and parent educator. Dr. Kurcinka provides private consultations and workshops nationally and internationally for parents and for professionals serving families and children. She is also the bestselling author of Raising Your Spirited Child Workbook, Sleepless in America, and Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles.


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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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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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My mother read the first book when I was a teenager and had mentioned before that I am spirited like both my sister and my mom herself. My sister had been to behavior specialists and a neurologist but none of them agreed on what was happening or what to do (migraines, night terrors, different disciplinary methods, etc.). For me it was trial and error of multiple different discipline (for bad behavior) or reward (for good behavior) methods, none of them worked. It lead to a very interesting childhood with my mom not knowing how to handle us.

I now have a spirited child of my own and from reading this book it has made all of our lives easier, especially her calm quiet baby sister. We still have some very trying days but the information in this book has lead to less of them and they are much less traumatic!
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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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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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My son is extremely sensitive. I knew from day one that he was different. He cried louder and more intensly; he had colic, dairy intolerance, reflux for the first 4 months. Teething just set him off balance completely and he just screamed for 2 hours at a time at night until he was 11 months old.

He is now 16 months old and he is still very intense and sensitive. He sleeps much better at nigh...big relief!!!

When I read this book, it hit me on so many levels. I realized that my husband is also spirited and this is where my son got it from. I took the spirited test and my son scored low on the Spirited Child index. This made me realize that things weren't as bad as I thought and that many other parents have it much worse than me. It helped me to accept my son's temperament.

Now when my son climbs, I get up and climb with him. When my son spends the day crying, I look at him with more empathy and I'm able to stay more calm. When my son takes a Kleenex and hits me over the head with it and pulls my hair, I realize it's his sense of humor coming out and I am not quick to anger.

This book has even helped me with my calm daughter. She is also very sensitive, but not spirited, and it has helped me learn to negotiate better with her and make her feel more confident in her ability to come up with her own solutions.

When I realize that I'm being too angry with my kids, I think about this book and then I learn to appreciate their "spunk".

I would highly recommend this book!
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There is a lot of helpful advice in the book is very extensive and how to deal with specific temperaments. So far nothing has worked for our child but we will keep trying and I think it will get better.
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Great book that was recommended to me by another mother. Reading this book put my heart at ease knowing that I wasn't alone in having a spirited child!
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