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The Temperament God Gave Your Kids: Motivate, Discipline, and Love Your Children [Kindle Edition]

Art Bennett , Laraine Bennett
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Book Description

Do you have a child who is into everything? Your energetic, bubbly child is often the center of attention and sometimes in the middle of trouble!

Or perhaps you have a child who is just the opposite: quiet, studious, and slow to warm up in social situations.

Then there's the future lawyer: that argumentative, willful child who sometimes makes you want to pull your hair out.

As parents, we all have, at one time or another, wondered: Where did this child come from? Why isn t he just like me? Am I doing something wrong?

You are not doing anything wrong, and there is very likely nothing wrong with your child! The differences described above are all differences in God-given temperament. When you understand your child's unique temperament, you will have the key to unlocking his behavior, moods, and motivational forces.

The end result is not only more effective discipline for day-to-day adventures but also a lifelong recognition of how to nurture your child's strengths as a loving and supportive parent, teacher, or grandparent. Become an active, compassionate participant in your child s social and spiritual formation and bring peace, happiness, and holiness to your family in the way God intended.

Art and Laraine Bennett provide an accessible synthesis of classical wisdom, modern counseling, science, Catholic spirituality, and wonderful storytelling to the four basic temperaments that serve as the foundation of one's personality and approach to life. This is the authors third book on the topic of temperaments, sharing not only their professional expertise but also their personal life experiences. They have been married for thirty-four years and have four children one each of the four temperament types!

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  • File Size: 956 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 161278545X
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (February 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss this and you are missing something! April 6, 2012
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I am amazed, enlightened, amused and much better equipped after reading this book. It was wonderful to understand the role temperaments play in each of our lives. This book is wonderfully written and a very easy read. It has lots of personal experiences from the lives of the authors' kith and kin.

It starts off with explaining what temperaments are. Then it describes each of the 4 temperaments and how kids belonging to any temperament behave; what their inherent strengths and weaknesses might be; why some kids are the life of the class while others are quiet observers, etc. I really enjoyed this part that has a lot of real life experiences. When I was reading the temperament that matches mine, it was so much fun and I could see so many things that I did as a child. This information is enlightening in a way that once you understand your temperament, you get a panoramic view of why your strengths and weaknesses are easy or difficult for you. As I was reading the pages, behaviors and patterns of others also flashed before me and I was able to see the temperaments of some other people in my life. When you start understanding temperamental behaviors in others, its easier to forgive other people for those. The next section helps the parent identify their temperament and then comes a very interesting section where we see what happens when a parent and a child of different or same temperament interacts. The last section elaborately sketches the great and not so great things in each temperament and also gives very good and practical insight on how parents should help nurture the best in children of different temperaments. I feel this is key information for good parenting. In a single read it helps understand your child's as well as your temperament and how to best interact.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful book by the Bennetts March 16, 2012
By anony
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Having read and enjoyed all the Bennett's books on the temperaments, I was eager to read their latest book. I was not disappointed- this was a wonderful book. It is full of amusing anecdotes and quite enjoyable to read, but also imparted wisdom and practical advice that parents of all kinds of children can use. In a culture that often tries to fit all children into a one-size-fits-all parenting method, it is refreshing to read a book that focuses on each child's individuality. I highly recommend this book to all parents.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much fluff. February 21, 2014
By Melissa
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I have been interested in the 4 temperaments for several years. I first heard about the temperaments when I was in college and I heard a nun give a wonderful talk about them. After that I was so intrigued that I read as much as I could on the temperaments. I find them fascinating. I think they are a huge help when wanting to better understand yourself and the people in your life... whether those people be your spouse, children, co-workers, employees, etc...

I bought this book after having my fourth baby; feeling like I needed a refresher course on the topic. However, I was disappointed with the book. I felt like the authors more or less based this book on their children’s experiences whether or not those experiences were relevant to the topic. Like forcing a puzzle-piece into the wrong space. They have 4 children. Coincidently... "one of each temperament"? Don't get me wrong... I like the "real-life" example as much as the next person... but a lot of times I felt that the examples they used to illustrate a temperament were not cohesive with the details they used to describe that very same temperament. So as a reader, I was often times left feeling that the lines between the temperaments were very blurry.
A lot of the content seemed to be something teenagers would find appealing rather than the obvious audience they are targeting: parents! The authors use a lot of analogies in their book. Again... I'm a fan of a good analogy if it conveys the point you are trying to make. However, I felt that many of their comparisons were distracting. I found myself thinking: "How is that relevant?" It had a "dumbing-down" effect; quoting Winnie the Pooh and referencing Taylor Swift.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Insight November 1, 2012
By Josie
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I really enjoyed, "The Temperament God Gave You," and became very excited when I learned that the same authors put out a book solely devoted to children. Learning about temperament styles has really helped me to open up my perspective concerning behavior issues and parent/child roles. This book goes into each temperament and how it relates to a child's behavior, reactions, and motivations. It does a good job of describing "do" and "don't" in terms of disciplining and understanding the inner workings of each temperament.

My only caveat is that it does not really go deeply into understanding which temperament your child is. There is a very brief one question survey that is supposed to help you determine the main temperament (in addition to the details which describe the temperament under each specific temperament chapter). Children are so diverse when they are young, that they can exhibit many reactions over the course of a day to many different situations and stimuli. My 7 year old son is very obvious, as he has always shown consistency in his behavior, actions, and reactions. However, my 5 year old daughter is not as consistent or obvious. Pinpointing her temperament has been much more puzzling, since this past year she has "come out of her shell," so to speak.

It is a good book to reference. But, after how detailed and in depth the other book was, I am slightly disappointed in this one. Especially since some of the information and anecdotes are exactly the same...but the same thoroughness is not there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I gave a copy to my daughter and she is ...
I gave a copy to my daughter and she is so excited that it has helped her see her and her 6 yr old's interactions in a new light. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Scott's Wife
4.0 out of 5 stars I really like this book
I really like this book. Every parent wants to understand their child better. Every parent will wonder at some point whether their child is speaking a language of their own... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Erin Mayo Witter
5.0 out of 5 stars great reference book
A great reference and delivered with humor. I appreciate having this book accessible to remind me of why my 5 kids are so different from one another and from my husband and me.
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Published 11 months ago by Francis Willie
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing!!
This book helped my husband and I become better parents!! Such a great book to help us know our children better and to better meet their needs according to their temperaments!! Read more
Published 15 months ago by DeeNme
5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff
it helps to know what children have in them... I bought it to get to understand my students better. Try it
Published 20 months ago by Constanza Mueller
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
This book has really opened my eyes to what makes each of my kids special and how I can change my parenting style to adapt to each one of them. Read more
Published 21 months ago by GW
5.0 out of 5 stars Specifically targeted to those who are forming children
Yes, I am a fan of the Bennett's Temperament books. But this one is worth having on its own merit because it is specifically targeted to people who are forming children. Read more
Published 23 months ago by S. Lloyd
3.0 out of 5 stars Much of the Same
If you've read "The Temperament God Gave You," you really don't need to buy this one or the one for your spouse. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Catholic and Married with Kids
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect book for young families
this is an excellent book to understand your children and the different personalities.each parent would be ahead to read this book.
Published on April 19, 2013 by Peg
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