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Every child has an off day when nothing seems to go right, but for some, angry outbursts, frustration, and resentment are the norm. When a child's anger threatens to jeopardize his school and social life and introduces an element of strain into the family dynamics that affects every member, it's time for a parent to ask: When is angry too angry?
Child psychologist Dr. Tim Murphy has addressed this very question with hundreds of families, helping them to understand both the causes and the repercussions of childhood anger and to devise effective strategies for defusing the time bomb in their midst. Whether it's a toddler staging a tantrum, a grade-schooler unable to make friends, or a sulking preteen who greets every adult request with antagonism, parents of angry children are baffled by both the depth and the root of their child's unhappiness. And when small social problems and household disputes regularly escalate into full-fledged battles, it's nearly impossible for parents to distance themselves enough from the situation to find a perspective that will remedy it.
With simple, direct techniques, Dr. Murphy shows it is possible to help an angry child understand what triggers his outbursts and develop new approaches for coping with potentially explosive situations. Identifying the ten telling characteristics of an angry child, Dr. Murphy provides examples from his clinical experience to help adults guide their children to more appropriate responses. Dr. Murphy also alerts readers to parenting styles that work best for these volatile children, explaining how a parent's own behavior can sometimes escalate a child's meltdowns. He pinpoints the moments when anger moves from a normal emotional expression to an extreme one, indicative of a larger problem. In a special chapter devoted to winning daily battles, Dr. Murphy offers advice on situations in which an angry child's temper is most likely to flare.
The Angry Child is destined to be a classic. With real solutions for the concerns of millions of parents, Dr. Murphy offers answers and hope for the families and educators of unhappy children of all ages.
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About the Author
Tim Murphy, Ph.D., was an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and is presently on the adjunct faculty of the school. Since 1996, Dr. Murphy has been a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate and is the only representative with a background in health care. He has served on numerous committees concerned with public health and welfare, education, aging, and youth, and he makes regular appearances on television and radio. Dr. Murphy lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his wife and daughter. This is his first book.
Loriann Hoff Oberlin is the author of four previous books, including Working at Home While the Kids Are There, Too and Surviving Separation and Divorce: A Woman's Guide to Making It Through the First Year, and contributes to national magazines in a variety of areas. Ms. Oberlin has two sons.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Like many parents with children that are labeled as being a 'problem', my wife and I have run the gamut of solutions. After one of my son's grade school teachers decided that he had Attention Deficit Disorder, we tried to medicate the problem away. After a doctor assured us that his problems were caused by food allergies, we tried to diet the problem away. After a guidance counselor stated that his poor performance in school was caused by a learning difficulty, we tried to tutor the problem away. As our son went into middle school, the problems seemed to be getting worse, and our relationship with him was increasingly marked with shouting matches rather than conversations. I saw Dr. Murphy's book and the title seemed to be a three word definition for our son. After reading the book, it was as though the author had a window into our house. Not only did the book accurately portray our child's behavior, but it showed how we, in some circumstances, had worsened the situation by our actions and reactions. We look forward to using Dr. Murphy's suggestions in finally addressing the root cause of our son's 'Angry' behavior. I think that this book belongs in every parent's library, and it should be required reading for teachers, school administrators, and pediatricians.
I have worked with abused, neglected, foster and adoptive children and their families for over ten years. Dr. Murphy's book captures the essence of what many parents and caregivers deal with on a daily basis. This book provides caregivers with page after page of recommendations and support to address the needs of their individual child. While providing simple-to-understand, yet thought provoking recommendations, Dr. Murphy challenges the parent to find what works best for the child and family. I highly recommend this sensitive and insightful piece of work for anyone who interacts with children in their daily life.
This book discusses some profoundly angry children almost as a personality dissorder. I think it is an interesting way to look at it. Working in schools for 30 years i have encountered many of these angry children. Although this book is somewhat helpful to me to understand an oft angry child it is really more pointed to the parent of an angry child. I think it is a good book to give someone dealing with an angry child some perspective into his world.