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Transforming the Difficult Child: The Nurtured Heart Approach Paperback – Nov 21 2005

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Center of the Difficult Child; 3rd ed. edition (Nov. 21 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967050707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967050706
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.5 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
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"This is the approach I recommend" Patch Adams, MD renowned US Physician "I am filled with hope for my seven-year-old grandson who has been diagnosed as having ADHD. I am also filled with remorse that no such approach was available for me to pursue with my eldest daughter who is now almost 40" Sonja Heimich - USA --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"We had lost hope. This approach has saved our family. We were spinning our wheels. Everything we tried in the past was making the problems worse. Now our intense child is intensely wonderful...without medications."

"My child was diagnosed with ADHD. I thought it was a death sentence. We couldn't go an hour without an argument or some horrendous incident. Now I know peace and pleasure for the first time in many years."

"This is absolutely the most worthwhile information I have ever learned. My hyperactive child is now my amazing child."

"Our child was in therapy for years. The more she got in touch with her feelings, the more she seemed to take her anger out on us. It's hard to believe, but after applying these strategies for less than a month, my difficult daughter is now a cooperative and pleasant young person."

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If you're contemplating this book, you've probably read many other parenting books and tried numerous approaches to improve the relationship between you and your children. The book has some variations of ideas that have been around for awhile ("catch them being good", "earning privileges" by using a reward for good behavior, and "time-outs"), but nothing revolutionary. The authors use frequent, annoying metaphors to explain simple concepts and repeat themselves a lot, resulting in a difficult-to-read, confusing book. Before deciding to try the "Nurtured Heart" approach, you might want to read "Punished by Rewards" by Alfie Kohn, who challenges reliance on carrot-and-stick psychology.
As an alternative, I highly recommend "Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles : Winning for a Lifetime" by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka who also offers a nurturing approach to these spirited children (the author uses a more positive word than difficult, don't you think?), but without a reward-based system.
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After I read Howard Glasser's information...I ordered the video tape.
I always knew I had to praise the good in my child but what I did not know was, what to do when he behaved very bad and accordingly I become his toy.
His method is super, I never raise my voice any more, and spend so much positive time with him instead of lecturing him. Both my husband and I are now relieved and look very positive to the future.
The method has already started to show its effects, and my son got the best result in his class in the recent tests.
He has more self esteem now and a happier children even in 3 weeks.
I suggest this method to everyone who thinks they have ADD Children. Please also note that we do not use any medication with my son!!!.
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This book has changed the entire mood of my home. One of my twin boys had a short fuse. I could never tell what would set him off or why. We tried all kinds of parenting approaches: 123 Magic, Parenting with Love and Logic, counseling. They all worked on twin A but not twin B. We couldn't figure it out. Then, we started to think that, perhaps, he had ADD. Late one night, I came across a review for this book on an ADD website. At 2:00 am, a parent is willing to try anything. I went straight to Amazon and ordered it. The results were immediate. Not only does this approach give you simple techniques, it predicts how the child will respond and how to handle it. The thing is, I never would have purchased this book if I had seen it in a store. My child was nowhere near as difficult or active as the kids described in the book. Not purchasing this book would have been my loss. For the first time in a long time, I get my child. I understand what he needs and why. Because I understand, I'm willing to do the things I need to do. It's great being a successful parent.
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I learned of Tranforming the Difficult Child in May of this year, and began implementing the recommendations (with resolve) with our 10 year old son immediately. Everyone who knows him saw an immediate, major improvement in his ability to listen, to get and stay on task, to control his actions, to have meaningful conversations. These gains began in the first couple of days, and have accelerated ever since.
Our son's official "diagnosis" if you will, is ADHD non-attentive type and Non verbal learning disorder. While fun and likeable (also smart) is still immature for his ten years. He had never once had a best friend in his class (his long-time best friend is in fourth grade). With the confidence and ability to control that he gained through our application of the nurtured heart techniques, he has made not one but fourfriends in the fifth grade class!!!! He's enthusiastic about school, was crushed not to have made "Responsibility Club" this week (homework snafu) - a problem of prosperity. His teachers have embraced the form I adapted from your book. It's come home everyday with feedback, and in fact the highest scores possible, each and every day (they love the form).
Like many parents, I have tried many, many angles to help our son. Nothing has worked in the past. Implementing the approaches in this book has changed our lives.
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I am a licensed mental health professional, but I bought this book because I have a "difficult child." After my years of training, I typically roll my eyes with boredom when I am exposed to new parenting books. I cannot say that this book has changed my parenting much--I confess that I have not even finished it--but the first 5 chapters really grabbed me!
Just the author's explanation of "difficult" kids' behavior really rang true for me. Just thinking of the main ideas presented in those early chapters makes me feel more hopeful. Who knows how helpful it might be if I actually got around to finishing it?!
I learned about this book at a website for stressed-out parents. Parents at that site praised this book highly. I was somewhat skeptical, but decided to try it. I am very glad that I did, as it allowed me "re-frame'' my child's behavior in a more helpful way. Particularly if there are readers who worry that a parenting book will be too simple-minded or watered-down for them, I think this is a book worth trying.
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