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Publisher's Summary

Including real-life stories, this newly revised third edition of the award-winning best seller - voted one of the top 20 parenting books - provides parents with the most up-to-date research, effective discipline tips, and practical strategies for raising spirited children.

Do you ever wonder why your child acts the way he or she does? Are you at a loss regarding your child's emotional intelligence and how to prevent meltdowns? Do you find yourself getting frustrated and feeling like you're at the end of your rope?

You are not alone! Many parents are dealing with the same challenges.

In Raising Your Spirited Child, Third Edition, parenting expert Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, EdD, offers all parents a glimpse into what makes their children behave the way they do. Through vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint, this invaluable guide offers parents emotional support and proven strategies for handling the toughest times.

Dr. Kurcinka has devised a plan for success with a simple, four-step program that will help you discover the power of positive - rather than negative - labels; understand your child's and your own temperamental traits; cope with tantrums and blowups when they do occur; and develop strategies for handling mealtimes, bedtimes, holidays, school, and many other situations.

In this third revised edition, you will find:

  • More practical strategies to help you manage your own intensity (keep your cool)
  • Effective discipline tips - including how to win cooperation and establish clear expectations and limits
  • New strategies for managing the meltdowns - including how to prevent them in the future
  • Revised tips for helping your spirited child fall asleep and stay asleep
  • Revised tips for finding the school that fits your child
  • Ideas for working with your child when he or she does not want to talk about emotions
  • Steps to teaching your child how to be a problem solver, work well with others, and be more flexible
  • And more!

Including quick tips for today's time-challenged parents, this newly updated edition of Raising Your Spirited Child will help you foster a supportive, encouraging, and loving environment for your children.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, EdD (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Narrator is distracting

I found the woman's voice to be a bit distracting. I can't listen to much more beyond the first chapter.

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One of the best books EVER!

This is one of the best books on temperament and how to work with all the various ones in a parent child relationship.

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Good book, poorly performed

The content of the book is good and is helpful, but the narrator did a poor job. Very annoying performance. I'll have to finish the hard copy of the book--had all I could take of the narrator.

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Worth the read but somewhat boring.

Worth the read but somewhat boring. The 1st 2 hours drag but you start to see where you can implement advice with your kiddos from there.

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terrible narration

Great book and content, but the narrator uses too many pretend voices when quoting others. if I wasn't desperate to learn the content I would have shut it off already.

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Good Book, Bad Narration

The content of the book has been so great for my relationship with my son. I am learning to understand him on such a deeper level. I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone finding their little one to be *more* than other kids.

The narration of this book, however, is very cringe. The narrator’s kid voice sounds like something out of a horror movie and the man voice always sounds angry, even if the man is saying something happy. The narrator makes the content sound too serious because she has resting b**** voice. I can’t listen to it as often as I’d like because I can’t handle her for too long. It would have been better to have a more upbeat narrator.

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Wrong narrator for this book!

Because of the narrator I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep listening! She has the wrong voice for a book about parenting. Her seductive whisper would be better for a meditation narration or a romantic novel. Very hard to listen to!

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Good Advice for the spirited one

A lot of good advice and techniques to apply when working with a spirited child

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Great book!

This book helped me understand my children in a very different light. I live this book!

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Truly exceptional book, very informative.

Very easy to listen to audio book. Narrator did a great job. This audio book is must read for anyone dealing with a spirited child. The author provides explanations for different behaviors you might be experiencing with your child and she provides various solutions and tips to help.