Dr. Ross Greene, a distinguished clinician and pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: these kids aren't attentionseeking, manipulative, or unmotivated, and their parents aren't passive, permissive disciplinarians. Rather, explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, and they require a different approach to parenting.
The Explosive Child is the highly acclaimed, lifechanging parenting guide in which Dr. Greene first delineated the Collaborative Problem Solving approach. Dr. Greene explains why kids exhibit challenging behaviors, why traditional behavior management strategies may not be effective for many kids, and how to use Plan B to solve problems collaboratively and teach your child the skills he or she is lacking.
As the model has evolved over the years, so has The Explosive Child, and it is available here in an abridged and updated fourth edition narrated by Dr. Greene.
Throughout this compassionate, insightful, and practical book, Dr. Greene provides a new conceptual framework for understanding their difficulties. He explains why traditional parenting and treatment often don't work with these children, and he describes what to do instead. Instead of relying on rewarding and punishing, Dr. Greene's Collaborative Problem Solving model promotes working with explosive children to solve the problems that precipitate explosive episodes, and teaching these kids the skills they lack.
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While this book describes an extreme problem, all kids will explode at some point and these problem solving skills are great for resolving an unpleasant situation.
It spoke of a child that few experience and even fewer understand. It spoke of my daughter. I would not trade my daughter for the world, and I certainly wouldn't change the beautiful particularity that makes her who she is.... with that said she can drain the life out of me at times. If you have an explosive child you will understand what I mean. If you have other people try to tell you what to do (and you wish they wouldn't), you feel incompetent, or worse as a parent, even though you do EVERYTHING in EVERY parenting book you could get your hands on to a T, this book is for you. I started to cry when he started to describe just who my daughter is, and was relived I wasn't getting it all wrong. This book helped My wife and I tremendously and i recommend it to all fellow Explosive Child Parents
I love how he reads it, he has a compassion in his voice, I always like when the narrator is the author
How to see things the way my child see them and work with that to accomplish what we both really want.
GET THIS BOOK, if you have a child that is explosive, work with one, care for one, or know someone who does
Absolutely, to review the wonderful advice and refresh my understanding
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If a child has the skills and ability to be and act better they would
I know my kid. I know that my kid is awesome, and sweet and caring, but I can't take the outburst of frustration that happen daily and cause everyone so much exhaustion. And, I don't know why they happen or how to avoid them. I have tried all options and everyday wake up knowing I'll inevitably fail to maintain patience at some point and both my kid and I will explode. As last resort. I think I'll try plan B. Wish me luck.
This is a fantastic book, I enjoyed it, it was an easy listen and it gave some fantastic ideas and insight, along with excellent perspective on working with children. This actually could be used in interactions with anyone. What is easy to forget sometimes when working with my kids is that they are so young and do not have anywhere near the skills that we have as parents to deal with change. I still have a lot of work to do when it comes to adapting with change myself! So in summary, a great book a relevant book I will listen to it again soon.
I was worried that it would be to short to be useful. But it makes sense. Is to the point, and has practical examples... Now I need to apply it ;)
But I am very satisfied with my choice so far.
A solution offered to parents by a professional who actually realizes that the typical parenting approach doesn't work, not because you're a bad or lazy parent, but because it simply doesn't work for your child. This book is concise, helps you understand your child better, and teaches you to stop doing what doesn't work, and replace it with it's an approach that will likely be more effective.
Empathy is the key to solve explosive child's frustrations.
Demandings of both parents and kids are resolved.
Authority doesn't work for adults, how could they work with a child?
What is it with pyschological types? Are they so intent on having everything in threes that they make up fill just to so. That is certainly true with this book.
Some problems with the book
1. He only gives you ONE tool to use, (the other two are do nothing or don't use this one)
2. He doesn't address the problem--only the symptoms
3. He only talks about one of three issues of the child in his resolution (problem solving--not frustration or flexibility)
4. He doesn't talk about how the child got to this point in the first place.
He could use a refresh of Strumk & White, Adler, and Kate T. -- would help the text tremendously.
In the end he didn't leave me with the impression that this will work.
Difficult to listen too may be better in a different format ie video
Interesting concept and useful ideas .
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