- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (September 10, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201441934
- ISBN-13: 978-0201441932
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Challenging Child: Understanding, Raising, and Enjoying the Five ""Difficult"" Types of Children Paperback – September 10, 1996
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In his latest book, Greenspan (psychiatry, behavioral science, and pediatrics, George Washington Univ. Medical Sch.) proposes methods for dealing with challenging children that focus on using both "nature" (the inborn temperament of the child) and "nurture" (the impact of the child's environment). Following an opening discussion of stages of child development, Greenspan devotes subsequent chapters to each of five types of special children: the highly sensitive, the self-absorbed, the defiant, the inattentive, and the active/ aggressive. Through use of case examples, he helps parents to identify and understand problem behaviors, to develop a plan to deal with that behavior, and to find the keys to help a difficult child cope. Both those who work with difficult children and their parents and any parent seeking to enhance his or her relationship with a child will find much useful advice here. Recommended for parenting collections in public and undergraduate libraries.?Kay Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills, Md.
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I love that Dr. Greenspan emphasizes the point of view of the child, to help frustrated parents understand that the kid isn't being deliberately, willfully difficult. I have two friends with VERY stubborn, almost 2 year olds, and I wish they would just crack the chapter on The Stubborn Child. They seem so frustrated, and sometimes I see them making the exact parenting missteps that Dr. Greenspan outlines. I must admit that it is hard to read the book and see yourself there, in the mistakes you've made and the things you've thought and tried. But, as I tell my son, kids don't come with an instruction booklet attached, and parents make mistakes sometimes, too.
This book is full of kind and sound advice and really helped our family. I wish the title was somewhat different, because at first blush it seems as though it was written only for the parents of that Kid Throwing the Huge Tantrum in the middle of the restaurant; you know, THE CHALLENGING CHILD. But, it is a great book for all of us, who want to understand our kids more and become better, more confident parents, and raise happy and loving children. I'd give it as a shower gift but I'm sure it would offend!!