Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent and Energetic Paperback – Jul 3 1992
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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This was a book that was recommended to me.
I have read many books on high spirited children.
The main thing was that I wanted to change my language that suited the situation in a positive way and this book made me do that.
I also wanted my child to have a better experience at school and also the teachers to understand him better.
For the teachers to value him instead of thinking he is a misbehaved child. I wanted them to see the amazing child I have at home who is loving caring compassionate boy.
This book gave me and my son techniques on how to handle when he feeling over whelmed at school and also for me to see what his triggers were.
This book also gave me hope for the his future. To see how extremely smart he is.
The strengths that I saw as weaknesses in my son has become more apparent.
It’s a must read
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Detail and Insight
Within the pages of Raising Your Spirited Child, author Mary Kurcinka assists the reader toward understanding what 'Spirited' looks like, and gives us tools to work with children whom fall within this spectrum. She brings to this publication professional and personal experience, explaining that the premise was birthed due to her own parental experience. In addition to writing this publication, Mary has helped numerous parents and educators via seminars, classes and additional publications.
The term "Spirited Children" can be credited to Mary Kurcinka finding an appropriate word to explain, and in my case take the place of, the all too typical labels of: difficult, strong willed, stubborn, and so forth. Prior to reading this publication I used the word strong-willed, but grasped adoration for the word spirited, allowing it to become a positive replacement. This book is one that I initially devoured and continue to return for more indulgence.Read more ›
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An excellent cd for parents with a spirited child. The cd gives you a better idea of what you child is doing and why.Published 7 months ago by kat
Highly useful read, not only for understanding and dealing with your child but also yourself!!!Published 22 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 on Jan. 29 2014 by C. Mills
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If you have a spirited child (and if you have one, you know it!), you have to read this book. I was in tears of joy and relief that I wasn't a "bad parent", or that I... Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004 by Karen Clayton