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Starting with the idea that all children are born with individual temperaments, Neville and Johnson, parenting educators in Oakland, California, build on the work of Dr. Stella Chess and Dr. Alexander Thomas, who identified nine temperament traits in children. Parents are encouraged to identify their children's temperament types based on descriptions for activity level, adaptability, approach to new things, frustration reaction, intensity of emotions, mood, regularity, and sensitivity. The remaining chapters describe various temperament types and give parents suggestions for how to deal with children who have them. Special attention is given to the "mesh" between the parent's temperament and that of the child. This is a useful book for all parents and others who work closely with children. Highly recommended.?Kay L. Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills., Md.
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"This is a useful book for all parents and others who work closely with children. Highly recommended." -- Library Journal, Feb 15, 1998
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Parenting Press (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884734340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884734342
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book gives new insight into how a child ticks.
judiotr@earthlink.net
The practical explanations of temperament traits are excellent.
Barbara D. Clark (bclark@mail.windham.k12.me.us)
This is a book I think all parents and grandparents should read.
Limeacai

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Herman M. Frankel, M.D. (frankelh@divorcework.com) on May 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
This remarkable, engaging little book can save you and your children from years of tears. It can protect you from unnecessary frustration, struggle, anger, and sadness, and can help you and the children you love grow in understanding and self-esteem. Solidly rooted in almost fifty years of published research and clinical experience, Temperament Tools shows readers, with insight and skill, how to understand and work with children's inborn traits.
Different children react differently to the world around them from the very start, and their inborn temperament traits usually persist. Active babies are likely to become active toddlers and preschoolers. The same is true, too, for babies who are sensitive, or persistent, or resistant to change, or easy to soothe. On the basis of their own extensive professional experience, authors Helen Neville and Diane Clark Johnson help readers assess children's temperament traits, understand the interactions between children's and parents' patterns of behavior, and learn how to provide the loving structure and support that can prevent challenges from becoming catastrophes. Ultimately, they provide practical, detailed, and accessible guidance for us in our efforts to help the children we care about learn to love, know, and respect themselves and others.
As a pediatrician working with parents, professionals, and friends to protect children's well-being during and after divorce, I draw freely and often from the material presented in Temperament Tools. As a professional or non-professional, you can expect heartfelt thanks from the relatives, teachers, and pediatricians to whom you give copies of this book. Beyond that, you can take pleasure in knowing how much you're helping the children whose lives they touch.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Barbara D. Clark (bclark@mail.windham.k12.me.us) on November 1, 1999
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I stumbled across this book at my library, and it has helped me understand my daughter more than any other book. The practical explanations of temperament traits are excellent. But better yet are the "temperamental" descriptions of the different children--my daughter is Tiganda Tiger 100 %! My husband and I have used many of the techniques recommended for dealing with our daughter and found them to be very successful. I have become such a convert that I am now teaching temperament traits to my students in middle school.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Herman M. Frankel, M.D. (frankelh@divorcework.com) on May 26, 2001
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This remarkable, engaging little book can save you and your children from years of tears. It can protect you from unnecessary frustration, struggle, anger, and sadness, and can help you and the children you love grow in understanding and self-esteem. Solidly rooted in almost fifty years of published research and clinical experience, Temperament Tools shows readers, with insight and skill, how to understand and work with children's inborn traits.
Different children react differently to the world around them from the very start, and their inborn temperament traits usually persist. Active babies are likely to become active toddlers and preschoolers. The same is true, too, for babies who are sensitive, or persistent, or resistant to change, or easy to soothe. On the basis of their own extensive professional experience, authors Helen Neville and Diane Clark Johnson help readers assess children's temperament traits, understand the interactions between children's and parents' patterns of behavior, and learn how to provide the loving structure and support that can prevent challenges from becoming catastrophes. Ultimately, they provide practical, detailed, and accessible guidance for us in our efforts to help the children we care about learn to love, know, and respect themselves and others.
As a pediatrician working with parents, professionals, and friends to protect children's well-being during and after divorce, I draw freely and often from the material presented in Temperament Tools. As a professional or non-professional, you can expect heartfelt thanks from the relatives, teachers, and pediatricians to whom you give copies of this book. Beyond that, you can take pleasure in knowing how much you're helping the children whose lives they touch.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By judiotr@earthlink.net on May 1, 1999
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Easy to read guide to understanding my child. It has been helpful when working with other children in a professional way. Can highly recommend it to parents and prfessionals. This book gives new insight into how a child ticks.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Limeacai on May 27, 2005
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This is a book I think all parents and grandparents should read. I am ordering two and giving them to my kids grandparents.

I was truly amazed at how easily all 3 of my kids each fit into a different temperamental category listed in the book.

As a homeschooling mom for 6 years I truly know my kids but have found it hard for others ( especially grandparents) to understand that some things are just part of who they are. I have looked at and bought many books trying to explain this to my family. This is the best!!

I keep a copy in my bag and tell all of my friends about it when they are having issues with their children.

This book may seem to be directed towards very young children when you first look at it but our oldest is 10 and I find it to be helpful with him too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By npittman29 on May 20, 2008
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This book is wonderful. I loved reading through all of the temperaments and comparing them to my children. We got a lot of laughs over all the heartache our potty training 2.5 year old was giving us. Turns out we have a Bei Ling Bluebird & we think our 1 year old is going to be exactly the same, but with more energy!!! We also found out that it could be worse. lol. I really enjoyed the section on relating to your child based on your personality type. The book really helped me to see where my child is coming from and relate to him there.
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