Problem Child or Quirky Kid?: A Commonsense Guide

Problem Child or Quirky Kid?: A Commonsense Guide

by Rita Sommers-Flanagan, John Sommers-Flanagan, John Sommers-Flanagan
     
 
Drawing on their years as counselors and teachers, authors Rita and John Sommers-Flanagan consider what's "normal" and what's not. They cover common and not-so-common childhood problems -- fears and worries; trouble sleeping or eating; problems with attention and hyperactivity; up-and-down moods; sexual development issues; getting along with others; childhood stress

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Drawing on their years as counselors and teachers, authors Rita and John Sommers-Flanagan consider what's "normal" and what's not. They cover common and not-so-common childhood problems -- fears and worries; trouble sleeping or eating; problems with attention and hyperactivity; up-and-down moods; sexual development issues; getting along with others; childhood stress and trauma; resistance, disobedience, and anger; aggressive and destructive behaviors; suicidal tendencies; alcohol and drug use; and many more. They explain each problem in clear, non-jargony language, give examples, list warning signs to watch for, offer helpful hints you can try at home, and suggest ways to decide if it's time to seek professional help. What if it is? They guide you through the process, from gathering information to making the call. Rita and John are parents, too. They know from their own experience that parenting takes more than love. It also takes patience, courage, and a willingness to learn new things. This book won't give you a Ph.D. in parenting. It will give you strategies, insights, and solid information. Read it, think about it, try the ideas, and learn more from the resources described in the "Check It Out" sections at the end of each chapter. Instead of asking, "Is my child normal?" you'll know how to help your child live well.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Written by a counselor and clinical psychologist, this helpful guide assures parents and teachers that quirkiness among children is not necessarily abnormal. Using everyday language and a conversational tone, the book reinforces that every child is unique despite parents' and teachers' efforts to funnel them into a narrow view of what is "normal." The book defines character and behavior traits that could be cause for concern, while describing normal developmental characteristics that are common to various age levels. Anxiety, fears, worries, troubles with bodily functions such as sleeping or toileting, mood problems, attention problems, problems with social or sexual development and stress and trauma are all matter-of-factly discussed, helpful hints on handling the situation outlined and clues given to when a parent should seek professional help. There is a chapter on problems that should definitely not be ignored as well as how to seek the right professional advice or counseling. Steps for the family to take in handling these delicate situations are outlined so that the whole family negotiates the problem without serious repercussions. Throughout the book, helpful hints or signs of serious problems are highlighted and plenty of additional resources are included. Parents should find this a reassuring resource as they support their children in becoming healthy adults. 2002, Free Spirit Publishing,
— Meredith Kiger

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575421216
Publisher:
Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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