Top selling parenting author, presenter and educator. Provides private phone consultations. Author of Raising Your Spirited Child Sleepless in America
What is a spirited child? A spirited child is one that is intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, uncomfortable with change, and/or energetic than the average child.
Does this sound familiar to your child? If so, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, Ed.D., has written a book just for parents on how to parenting this spirited child through insight, understanding, behavioral counsel, and relationship strengthening strategies for nurturing spirited children. Kurcinka is an award winning lecturer and parent counselor that has helped more than a million families overcome the parenting frustrations (and guilt) that define raising a spirited child. In this third edition, Kurcinka offers easy to read charts, new and updated stories and detailed strategies and tips for parents. The book has a heartfelt tone that supports parents through their struggles in a positive approach with easy-to-implement strategies. It is important to understand that spirited children are normal, just more than normal, or as she classifies “spirited”.
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, Ed.D, 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, 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 “problem solvers,” work well with others, and be more flexible
- And Much, Much More!
Credo to Parents of Spirited children
1. You are not alone. According to the personality research, 10-15 percent of all children living in this country fit the description of the spirited child. That means that there are millions of parents who empathize with you and understand the challenges you face. Your child is not an oddity or freak. You are not the world’s worst parent. Your are not the only one. You are among friends.
2. You did not make your child spirited. You are but one of many influences in your child’s life. Other parent(s), relatives, siblings, teachers, neighbors, friends, life experiences, and the world at large all play a part. You make a big difference but not the only difference.
3. You are not powerless. There is information in this book to help you understand your spirited child. You can read it and use it. You can strengthen skills you already have and learn new ones. You can reduce the hassles and live peacefully with your spirited child-most days. Progress, not perfection is your goal.
4. You have permission to take care of yourself. Your own need for sleep, quiet, uninterrupted adult conversation, lovemaking, a leisurely bath, a walk around the block and time to complete your own projects is real and legitimate. It is not a sign of failure to ask a friend for help, to hire a sitter, or to allow relatives the opportunity to build a relationship with your child while you take a break. When you fulfill your needs you generate the energy to meet your child’s needs.
5. You may celebrate and enjoy the delights of your spirited child. You can concentrate on her strengths, appreciate her tender heart and tickle your fancy with her wild stories and crazy creations. It is appropriate and right to tell her when she is good, instead of when she is bad, to teach her the right way to behave rather than to punish her for innocent errors. Your spirited child possesses personality traits that we value in adults. It is never too early to begin proclaiming her virtues.
Excerpt from Your Spirited Child, by Mary Sheedy Kurchinka
About the Author: Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, Ed.D., is the director of ParentChildHelp. She is an award-winning lecturer and parent educator. Dr. Kurcinka provides private consultations and workshops nationally and internationally for parents and for professionals serving families and children. She is also the bestselling author of Raising Your Spirited Child Workbook, Sleepless in America, and Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles.
Check it out! Check out Mary’s website for additional resources and books including the powerful Raising Your Spirited Child Workbook!
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