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"A big seller... Examines working with kids with really high energy levels who maybe need extra attention." -- American Bookseller

"Provides hundreds of practical ideas for coping with high-energy children." -- Parenting

"Spells out the characteristics of 'active alerts' and teaches readers how to help these children thrive in school and family." -- Midwest Book Review

"Will teach you how easy it is to over-stimulate intense children,...how parents can bring out the best in them." -- Marguerite Kelly, The Washington Post

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Parenting Press; 3rd edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884734774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884734779
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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This book is a Godsend! I was at my wit's end in dealing with one of our twins. He was obviously intelligent, but just didn't get it together. A friend suggested this book, which we read voraciously. One of the things that became clear: I was active-alert, too! No wonder we clashed. I'm not sure that I am any better at things now, but I think I understand him a lot better, which is half the battle. We used the book to help us work with his kindergarten teacher, and that worked well; and we have been blessed with a succession of teachers who could work with him, rather than against him (a problem with these kinds of childen).

This book will tell you if your child (or yourself or your partner) fits this category. If there isn't a fit, move on; this book isn't for you and you need to consult other literature. If you find a fit, this book is what you need. It explains why the behavior occurs, what is probably missing from the child's environment, and how you can work with the child's behavior. It lets you understand, as well as develop strategies so that you can work together for harmony in the family. You may never achieve 'peace', but harmony is a pretty good outcome.

For us, there are still bad days and weeks. But J. no longer has to ask the terrible question he once did: "Does Daddy really love us?" And I know that my son does love me, despite all we have been through, perhaps because of what we have all been through.

As an adult 'active alert', life is not always easy. Being by nature a 'non-conformist' is a recipe for disaster in many areas. But this book has helped me see how to manage my life a little better and to use the gifts I have, while keeping an eye out for the effect of the weaknesses that this type has.
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I FINALLY got "Living with your Active Alert Child" and I have to say, I read the whole thing until about 2 am. I am going to read it again. AMAZING!! It described my son right down to the upper respiratory/ear infections to his inability to block out stimuli to how he is at birthday parties to how when I'm stressed he takes on my stress and adds a little of his own. It talks about how they love to "perform", how they need to be in control, how they can't smoothly transition from one thing to another. ! I felt like, when I was a teenager, and would read my horoscope and I would think, "Yup, that is SO me, yup that too, uh-huh". "Active Alert" is my son's sign!! No doubt about it! I feel so less alone, and feel I can now learn TOOLS that I can use, when I feel out of control. Buy this book, if you are reading reviews and are thinking you just "might" have an "active alert" on your hands - this book is well worth the money.
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By Kaci K on February 6, 2002
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The key to good parenting is understanding your child, but that's not very easy when your child is so different from "average" children. Linda Budd not only helps you understand this enigma you gave birth to, but she helps you see that the traits that frustrate you the most are actually good, once harnessed. You know this book is for you if: your baby's first year was a nightmare of no sleeping and constant wailing, your child has more energy than a power plant, your newborn seemed very alert and aware of his/her surroundings, other people think your child just needs a good spanking, you've seen other people's small children sitting quietly listening to a story and thought to yourself, "What's wrong with those kids?" I guarantee you will find relief in this book, and a better understanding of your child and how to make your home life a lot smoother. Two thumbs way up!
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Our son is very active and extremely bright. When he plays with others he stands out and unfortunately doesn't seem to understand that people have a space limit and prefer not to have someone in their's. He wants to touch almost everything and is very intuitive. The scariest thing is, he is a lot like me. come to find out, I am an active alert adult. The book covers adults briefly too. This type of child needs more positive reinforcement b/c they are hit with a lot of negativity b/c they are different - not in a better or worse way - just different. He gets up revved and ready to go and will never admit that he's tired - even as his eyelids are slowly closing while he says, "I'm not ..............." zzzzzzzzzzzzz. ha!! ha! I had to find something to better understand his and my behavior and this book helps you to see his skills/talents as gifts instead of as something negative. Our son is also very strong-willed and is a natural leader. This will serve him well in later life - however, as his parents it's hell sometimes. Appreciate your "little pistols" and see them for the wonderful people they are and will grow to be.
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This book was recommended to me by our pediatrician, and I have to say it has dramatically changed the way I work with my son! It helped me to look at the "negative" attributes as positive traits, and really enjoy his energy! This book has saved my sanity, and I have recommended it to several friends.
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