Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Raising Your Spirited Child Rev Ed: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent and Energetic.

Mary Sheedy Kurcinka


ISBN 10: 0060739665
ISBN 13: 9780060739669
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: December 2006


Lori's Review: Every child has a unique temperament, their basic style and way that they approach life. Research has shown that there are 9 characteristics of temperament, which have been observed in infants. Most children continue to show these traits throughout their childhood. Knowing your child’s unique temperament, can help you better understand and work with their behaviors. In Raising Your Spirited Child, Mary Sheedy examines the characteristics of the nine temperament traits, and gives parents suggestions on how to deal with these traits and look at them in a more positive light. The 9 temperament traits include:

  1. Intensity
  2. Persistence
  3. Sensitivity
  4. Perceptiveness
  5. Adaptability
  6. Regularity
  7. Energy
  8. First Reaction
  9. Mood

Synopsis: Newly revised, featuring the most up-to-date research, effective strategies, and real-life stories.

The spirited child—often called "difficult" or "strong-willed"—possesses traits we value in adults yet find challenging in children. Research shows that spirited kids are wired to be "more"—by temperament, they are more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and uncomfortable with change than the average child. In this revised edition of the award-winning classic, voted one of the top twenty books for parents, Kurcinka provides vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint. Raising Your Spirited Child will help you:

  • understand your child’s—and your own—temperamental traits
  • discover the power of positive—rather than negative—labels
  • cope with the tantrums and power struggles when they do occur
  • plan for success with a simple four-step program
  • develop strategies for handling mealtimes, sibling rivalry, bedtimes, holidays, and school, among other situations
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