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Raising Your Spirited Child | [Mary Sheedy Kurcinka]

Raising Your Spirited Child

The spirited child, often called "difficult", can easily overwhelm parents, leaving them feeling frustrated and inadequate. Spirited kids are, in fact, simply more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and uncomfortable with change than the average child. Through vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka offers parents emotional support and proven strategies for handling their spirited child.
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Publisher's Summary

The spirited child, often called "difficult", can easily overwhelm parents, leaving them feeling frustrated and inadequate. Spirited kids are, in fact, simply more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and uncomfortable with change than the average child. Through vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka offers parents emotional support and proven strategies for handling their spirited child. She will help you understand your child's, and your own, temperamental traits, discover the power of positive rather than negative labels, cope with tantrums and blowups when they do occur, and develop strategies for handling many situations.

Filled with personal insight and authoritative advice, Raising Your Spirited Child can help make parenting the joy it should be, rather than the trial it can be.

©1991, 1998 Mary Sheedy Kurcinka; (P)1999, 2005 & ©1991, 1999, 2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"This book is a major work on temperament and parenting that should be in every family library." (Nancy Melvin, associate dean for graduate programs and research, Arizona State University College of Nursing)

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    wayne Mississauga, ON, Canada 12-07-12
    wayne Mississauga, ON, Canada 12-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Would love to hear the unabridged"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - Anyone who has a kid that is labelled as troublesome, or too high energy.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    No, because it's to help me raise my kids, if I was going to change the story I wouldn't be looking for help would I?


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator is the author reading her own work and does an ok job, considering that many authors who read their own books butcher it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Um I'm not going to answer that... There should be two types of review profiles, one for novels and another for self help.


    Any additional comments?

    WHERE IS THE UNABRIDGED. This book is outstanding, the whole book (which I have skimmed through and found very helpful. However this abridged version skips over many of the key points that need further emphasis. In fact I think onnly about 20% of the original is retained. I would return this and pay more for the unabridged if it ever comes out.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Andria Vancouver, BC, Canada 07-11-06
    Andria Vancouver, BC, Canada 07-11-06
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    "Refreshing Perspective"

    The audiobook left me feeling like I wanted her to tell me more...impart a bit more motherly wisdom on me, but alas, I suppose I have to go this road on my own as a parent. I am not normally one to read parent help books - they usually give me negative feelings in some way or another. This one was different. It spoke of ways to look at my child, and help him in his brilliance! One piece of info I found to be VERY helpful was how to allow your introvert/extrovert to 'recharge' and how the parents & teachers can help him do this. Great book.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah G. 08-04-14
    Sarah G. 08-04-14
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    "I finally understand my daughter"
    Would you listen to Raising Your Spirited Child again? Why?

    I have listened to this audio book twice now and will continue to until I can remember every little bit.
    This book was referred to me by my daughter's pediatrician and it has really helped me to understand my daughter. I was constantly in a battle with her and now I finally feel like I get it and I get her. My house is so much less tense and she seems so much happier, as am I.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    This book is filled with bits of information to show you how your "challenging" child is just seeing things differently and needing different responses from you. I know some parents do not want to hear that the problems their child is facing is their fault, but I absolutely have seen a difference in my daughter once I accepted her for the way she is and stopped trying to change her to what I thought she should be. Before reading this book I would have seen myself as a push-over but now I see it as just simply choosing my battles with her and sometimes letting her win.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzette Spokane, Wa, United States 01-03-14
    Suzette Spokane, Wa, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    Where does Raising Your Spirited Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is highly helpful in that it brings to light a better understanding of your spirited child. Most importantly, it reminds you not to break their big spirit. Rather, the book helps you make changes in your own style of parenting while at the same time reminding yourself that a spirited child is a blessing. Embrace your spirited child and don't allow others to criticize your child because he's not a toe behind the line type of child.


    What did you learn from Raising Your Spirited Child that you would use in your daily life?

    As a parent it's learning my spirited child can either go to the mall shopping with me or the grocery store. Doing both is an option; however, it requires much more understanding and empathy. It's a reminder that questions from spirited children are rapid fire and a reminder to feel blessed that your spirited child has the ability to do so. When I'm asked for that piece of gum and the answer is "no", only to be asked 2 minutes later to see if gum is an option yet, I remind myself "I'm blessed with a spirited child."


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for the assistance. It was a big help.

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    Grisselle Lakeland, FL, United States 07-25-11
    Grisselle Lakeland, FL, United States 07-25-11
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    "Eye opening"

    This book helped me understand that both my child and I, fit within a group - and that group is amazing. I learned techniques to help my son channel their emotions and turn those generally perceived as "undesirable" traits into power and victory. It was comforting to feel that many parents do understand what we have to go through; and being candid, I know there are many others that have it much harder. The book allows you to feel hopeful and also accompanied through a journey that at times feels unbearable. Above all, we love our children; it is a matter of learning how to encourage them to reach their potential without losing faith -- and this books is a great guide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Audubon, PA, USA 03-30-08
    Stephanie Audubon, PA, USA 03-30-08
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    "comprehensive"

    Mary writes a great manual for parents with children of high energy. Children are so diverse, but in many way the same, she helps clarify the issues that keep us up at night.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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