Got An Angry Kid? Parenting Spike


  • Does your family live in conflict?
  • Does your child have a psychiatric label (such as ADHD, oppositional defiance, conduct disorder, bi-polar disorder) or the behavior that would get him/her one?
  • Have you lost (or nearly lost) control of your child?

If you answered YES to any of these three things, then PACT can help you as it has helped thousands of other families restore ...

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  • Does your family live in conflict?
  • Does your child have a psychiatric label (such as ADHD, oppositional defiance, conduct disorder, bi-polar disorder) or the behavior that would get him/her one?
  • Have you lost (or nearly lost) control of your child?

If you answered YES to any of these three things, then PACT can help you as it has helped thousands of other families restore love and integrity to their relationships!

What Others Say About Got An Angry Kid? and The PACT Training Program

"The family is much calmer. Taking PACT Training was the best decision I ever made. It's the best hard work I've ever done. PACT was the light at the end of the tunnel for us."

--Ms. K. D., Willimantic, CT, Mom and Dad of an adolescent girl placed in foster care

"From my professional experience as a manager in the field, PACT is one of the very few services which has been held in high regard by our professional staff as well as the families which benefitted from Dr. Gibson's excellent program."

--Ms. Helen Lawrence (retired) Connecticut State Department of Children and Families (CTSDCF)

"I have had to fight for every service for my family. PACT is my best chance to [create] change. Thanks for everything."

--Ms. K.M., Vernon, CT, single Mom of an out-of-control son

"Although I was only a few weeks into PACT, I felt myself becoming calmer, more hopeful, and more in control. PACT is putting life into my parenting and does what three years of residential placement didn't."

--Mrs D.W., Hamden, CT, single Mom of a seriously emotionally disturbed boy

"Again, I can't say enough about how this program has changed my life."

--Mr. L.C., New Milford, CT, single parent of a foster child

"PACT and Got An Angry Kid? is brilliant."

--Parenting consultant

About the Author

Dr. Gibson earned his PhD in Education at the University of Connecticut in 1987 under the tutelage of Richard Bloomer. He poured everything about his childhood and his experience as a parent went into what became Parenting Angry Children and Teens (PACT) Training and the book, "Got An Angry Kid?" In 1993, the Connecticut State Department of Children and Families adopted the PACT methodology and since then 500 families have completed the year-long program with remarkable results.

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Family & Relationships: Parenting - Child Rearing

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932690897
  • Publisher: Loving Healing Press
  • Publication date: 5/11/2009
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 1,248,358
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted October 15, 2010

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    Got An Angry Kid?
    Parenting Spike: A Seriously Difficult Child
    Author: Andrew D. Gibson, PhD
    Publisher: Loving Healing Press
    ISBN: 978-1932690897

    Kids-raising them and caring for them can be pretty challenging. Add a psychiatric label or behavioral problem such as ADD, ADHD, bi-polar disorder, oppositional defiance, etc., and parenting can become what seems like a hopeless and insurmountable chore. Dr. Gibson has worked with families of angry children for many years. He has developed an innovative and proven technique in the form of a self help program he calls PACT (Parenting Angry Children and Teens). The author introduces us to Spike and his family, a fictionalized take on the true life experiences of his patients and their families. Case studies of actual families are also explored, covering a wide range of problems and circumstances.

    The rest of the book covers the goals you as a parent will work through. These steps are well detailed and clearly explained, along with explicit instructions and helpful hints to get you through. To change your child's behavior, you first need to address your own behavior and the reactions you have to the behavior problems your child exhibits. The 28 steps detailed will probably take about 8-10 weeks to implement, and probably about a year to see the improvement fully in your child. It's not easy, and not a quick fix. But easy solutions and quick fixes do not exist for these situations. There is a chart included so that you can make notes as you work through the goals, and you don't move on to the next step until the one you are working on is satisfactorily completed. By breaking it down this way, a daunting task is made to seem much more doable and less stress inducing.

    If you are a parent, counselor, grandparent, clergy member, caregiver, or anyone else who deals with an angry and difficult child, you may well find that this book is a lifeline. If you know someone who could benefit from it, tell them about it or buy it for them. They will thank you for helping them change the life and dynamics of their families

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2009

    Extremely helpful book

    This is a self-help book for parents who have seriously angry children. It gives parents a series of changes they can gradually make that will have a startling effect on their child's responses to them and others. You can save your child with this book. Numerous mini-case studies illustrate the author's points.

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

    While my family has not had the chance to start to use the skill

    While my family has not had the chance to start to use the skills and resources presented in this book I truly enjoyed reading it. The format of this book was well organized out in that the story was told through the eyes of the child and the issues that he faced and how this factored in and affected his family. I liked that there were case studies of families that showed the issues they faced and what their family experienced in using the P.A.C.T. system. Whether your child fits exactly into the model of the child in the book there are valuable lessons to be applied in your parenting. As well this book also gives the child areas to work on alongside the parents, making it a cooperative effort. The book is structured so that once you start you have several goals and only move on once your goal is completed. There is enough structure provided to guide you along with valuable additonal information to help change your family dynamic.

    I also liked that the author chose not to focus neccessarily on why the child in the story was the way he was, that ulitmately this was not pertinent and what was important was his behavior and how this affected the family, which in turn the family further affected the child. The emphasis was on how to change the behavior, as the thought since the reasoning (or a particular diagnosis if applicable has already been determined thus the focus is instead put on changing the behaviors of family as a whole).

    I would definitely recommend this book for any family to read as I am sure that everyone has a time where they could use some assistance in parenting and managing family life.

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  • Posted March 10, 2012

    “Got An Angry Kid? We have a solution. Parenting Spike:

    “Got An Angry Kid? We have a solution. Parenting Spike: A Seriously Difficult Child” by Andrew D. Gibson, Ph.D., is a book that outlines P.A.C.T. – The Parenting Angry Children and Teens Training Program. This book is for parents of a child who is in a constant state of anger and the parents feel like they are fighting a losing battle and losing control of their child. Dr. Gibson came up with P.A.C.T. when he was dealing with a son who had anger issues. He can definitely relate to how parents are feeling with an out-of-control child.

    Dr. Gibson illustrates what he means by an angry child by telling us the story of “Spike” throughout the book and then talking about what parents can do based on these situations. He offers 28 steps that the parent will need to implement to bring about some peace in the household. As he states, “Your task is not merely changing your interaction with Spike. You must change your interactions everywhere so that you don’t run the danger of bringing them back to Spike.” It isn’t about just changing the behavior of the child, but the parent has to change his/her behavior also. Only by the parent willing to change will the child be able to change.

    Dr. Gibson uses real life stories to demonstrate the bad behavior and then how to use P.A.C.T. to implement changes. He holds your hand throughout the process and gives encouragement along the way. By using this training program, I can definitely see how it would positively affect the lives of angry children and their family. By incorporating the 28 steps into your daily life will give you the skills to deal with some of the challenges that you encounter with other people.

    It definitely takes a commitment to follow P.A.C.T., but Dr. Gibson shows that if you are committed, then things can and will change for the better. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen if you have patience.

    **This book was received for free through Goodreads First Reads. That in no way influenced my review.**

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

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    excellent resource for parents

    Rivalry in families causes stress and breakdown. When a parent loses control of a child and a child is angry and unresponsive, parents get desperate and things get out of hand. Is there a solution?

    Dr. Andrew D. Gibson definitely thinks there is an effective one and he's written a book about it. Got An Angry Kid is a self-help 28-step PACT (Parenting Angry Children and Teens) parent survival program. Out of everything I have seen in this field, this is one of the best behavior management programs for families willing to do all they can to help their child and improve their family situation.

    What makes this program so good? It can best be summarized by what the author himself states in Chapter One: "This program requires self-discipline in the name of love." Whose self-discipline? The parents! This program asks parents to change the way they interact with their children. It deals fully and profoundly with the fundamentals of good parenting: No yelling, no threatening, no nagging, no accusing, no name calling, no sarcasm, no arguing, etc. Does any of this sound familiar? Even the best of parents get caught yelling and screaming at their kids in moments of stress.

    Dr. Gibson is honest and forthright. He says, "Nobody wants to be dysfunctional, but a lot of us are. Practically no one is spared." He is never negative, only realistic and hopeful as he continues to say, "Forgiveness is at the heart of banishing dysfunction."

    The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about understanding Spike, a fictional child that represents the difficult child. This section helps the reader understand what makes this child abnormal, the portrait of a dysfunctional family, what psychological experts say about the Spike child and portrays case studies. Because of my professional background, I really liked reading this part, and as a parent it was a good wake-up call. I recognized some tendencies in me that could be changed. Part II is the PACT program explained step by step. A parent could skip some of the info in the first part and go directly to the program, or go back and forth between the two parts. It's an easy book to read with no psychological jargon and a layout that makes it easy to scan when looking for info.

    Even if you don't have an angry, problematic child, this program is worth following. It will test your parenting skills, your patience, your love for your child. Is it easy? No. It's hard work, and it takes a lot of effort because, guess what? parenting today is challenging. One of the reasons I'm impressed with this book is because I saw instant results when I followed its advice but also because its advice is Bible-based, whether the author knows it or not. And I believe knowledge based on God's wisdom is the best.

    I highly recommend this book for all families, whether you have a difficult child or not. The advice is invaluable and can nip the bud of any problem that creeps up on families as they work on raising their children successfully.

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