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The Difficult Child

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2002

    Changed My Life

    I am the mother of a two year old boy and was at my wits end over my 'difficult' child. I read every book out there, spoke to my pediatrician as well as other professionals. Most of the advise I got just didn't work (and I really tried their advise). I was angry, felt I was doing something really wrong and feeling guilty that I didn't like being around my child. I learned that your child's temperament (which CANNOT be changed) is a completely different thing than bad or difficult behavior. Once I realized which characteristics were part of my son's temperament, it was easier to try to 'go with them' or diffuse them rather than try discipline them. Then when I had to actually discipline 'bad BEHAVIOR', it wasn't such a battle. Also, when you have to discipline, take the emotion out of it. The less upset you are, the shorter your child will carry on (I hope). Secondly, I learned that my 'difficult' child, wasn't really that difficult. I was difficult to him because I was trying to change the tough, independent, persistent, little person that he was. Bottom line - it worked for me in a very short time period! GOOD LUCK!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009


    I have an autistic child who I was butting heads with since he was also strong willed. The book described me and my feelings to a T and validated all my struggles. I taught me how to more effectively manage my son in a positive way wihtout labeling my child or me. I loved it. I would love to buy this for all teachers that are ever involved with children. Perhaps one day when I am rich. I think other readers will get a lot out of this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Prior to receiving this book as a gift, my life was hell.  My so

    Prior to receiving this book as a gift, my life was hell.  My son was strong willed and difficult, and challenged me daily.  Sadly to say, he almost always won.  This book changed our lives.  Not only did it give specific examples of how to deal with specific behaviors, but after reading it, it makes so much sense that you become able to anticipate and troubleshoot other behaviors on your own.  I am happy to say that my son recently celebrated his 18th birthday.  I am sorry to say that as the years have passed, I have come to believe that our real issue was that my son is mildly autistic, and that he was not diagnosed due to the fact that nearly 20 years ago, no one in the general populations spoke much about autism.  However, this book helped me to raise a happy, cooperative, emotionally stable child, who aside from having a few issues  with friendships due to missed social cues, leads a satisfying and productive life.  I am convinced that without this book, that would not be the case.  I cannot recommend it strongly enough and others are right in their assessment.  It not only helps with the difficult kids., but truly makes you a better parent overall.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2000

    One of the best parenting books out there!

    This is an excellent book for ALL parents, not just parents of 'difficult children.' The title might scare or offend some parents who are in denial, thinking that their child is not difficult. But ALL kids are difficult from time to time. This book give great, real-life examples - extremely helpful tips telling us what to do. And all this is to be done under a firm, but very loving manner. This definitely is one of the best parenting books out there. A must-read for ALL parents.

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    Posted February 8, 2013

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