Item description for Raising Your Spirited Child:
A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic by Annie Dillard...
A refreshingly different approach to raising spirited children (often called "difficult" or "strong willed") from a leading parenting expert who offers new and effective child rearing skills. Through vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint, Kurchinka provides parents emotional support and proven strategies for handling their spirited child.
The spirited child--often called "difficult" or "strong-willed"--can easily overwhelm parents, leaving them feeling frustrated and inadequate. Spirited kids are, in fact, simply "more"--by temperament, they are more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and uncomfortable with change than the average child. Through vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka offers parents emotional support and proven strategies for handling their spirited child. "Raising Your Spirited Child" will help you:
Understand your child's-- and your own-- temperamental traitsPlan for success with a simple four-step programDiscover the power of positive -- rather than negative -- labels cope with tantrums and blowups when they do occurDevelop strategies for handling mealtimes, bedtimes, holidays, school and many other situations.
Filled with personal insight and authorative advice, "Raising Your Spirited Child" can help make parenting the joy it should be, rather than the trial it can be.
*Understand your child's -- and your own -- temperamental traits
*Plan for success with a simple four-step program
*Discover the power of positive -- rather than negative -- labels
*Cope with tantrums and blowups when they do occur
*Develop strategies for handling mealtimes, bedtimes, holidays, school and many other situations
Filled with personal insight and authoritative advice, "Raising Your Spirited Child" can help make parenting the joy it should be, rather than the trial it can be.
In 1975 Annie Dillard took up residence on an island in Puget Sound in a wooded room furnished with "one enormous window, one cat, one spider and one person." For the next two years she asked herself questions about time, reality, sacrifice death, and the will of God. In Holy the Firm she writes about a moth consumed in a candle flame, about a seven-year-old girl burned in an airplane accident, about a baptism on a cold beach. But behind the moving curtain of what she calls "the hard things -- rock mountain and salt sea," she sees, sometimes far off and sometimes as close by as a veil or air, the power play of holy fire.
This is a profound book about the natural world -- both its beauty and its cruelty -- the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dillard knows so well.
Citations And Professional Reviews Raising Your Spirited Child:
A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic by Annie Dillard has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1993 page 88
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Studio: Harper Paperbacks
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.99" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.2" Weight: 0.15 lbs.
Release Date Dec 30, 1998
Publisher Harper Paperbacks
ISBN 0060923288 ISBN13 9780060923280 UPC 099455013000
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More About Annie Dillard
Annie Dillard is a Pulitzer Prize winning author for her book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Best known for her narrative non-fiction, Annie has also published poetry, essays, literary criticism, autobiography, and fiction. She is the recipient of various and prestigious awards, honors, and prizes including her selection as a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for An American Childhood and a New York Press Club Award for Excellence for "Innocence in the Galapagos," published in Harper's Magazine. Annie also serves on the boards of many organizations such as The Milton Center and The New Press. Her latest book, The Maytrees, was published in 2007. Sam Fink is a multi-talented artist of inimitable range. For the past twenty years Sam has both educated and entertained adults and children with his vibrantly illustrated texts of American history. He celebrated his 90th birthday in 2006 with the release of The Constitution of the United States of America to great acclaim. He also published The Gettysburg Address and The Book of Exodus in 2007. Susan Cheever is the bestselling author of fourteen books and her work has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and a member of the Author's Guild Council.
Annie Dillard currently resides in Middletown, in the state of Connecticut.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Raising Your Spirited Child:
A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic?
Good, but not great Feb 26, 2008
It's a good book. I know I'm not alone but it lacked in offering true advice. I was left with a "what now?" feeling.
Finally felt understood... Jan 30, 2008
and then more understanding.
When I began reading this book I actually felt as if someone had been watching my firstborn son and I or eavesdropping on our conversations, or reading his baby book and my exasperated, secret, momma journals. The author could have been writing about him/us, with names changed to protect the not-so innocent. Someone else has been through this? He isn't so rare? Initially, I didn't know whether to feel horrified or relieved.
He was the newborn who cried because there really was one of my long hairs wrapped around his tiny toe (thank you Dr. Sears for mentioning that in one of your books--The Fussy Baby book, you think?-- as a possibility for inconsolable crying!)...he was the creeper who arched his back and screamed because there was a particularly stiff label inside his onesie that was itching his neck (thank goodness for the new tagless clothing!)...he was the toddler who cried to me that the (lush, Kentucky blue) grass in our front yard hurt his feet...and to this day, he will complain about the seams in his socks or lament that his sleeves don't feel the same. If I commiserate or help him fix it, he beams; if I tell him to get over it, he ruminates. I'd much rather help him on his way, to go compose a song or perform a play for me! He is much more intense-- and far more intelligent-- than any other child I have known, and this book really illuminated for me the brilliant upside of knowing a wonderfully creative and spirited child. Choosing to see my son as more perceptive and sensitive (instead of more difficult or harder to work with) has been key. He's so persistent, and now I admire that in him rather than finding it frustrating that he keeps at something even though it's frustrating!
Reading this book helped me to feel so much more normal, sane and hopeful. I had a real a-ha/duh/lightbulb moment when I realized that *I* am myself a spirited person! (No wonder I adore and abhor my son all at once!) The tips on working with my own spiritedness have been priceless. It makes sense that I would understand my son more than anyone else, and now I understand why I am at times not the best at handling his meltdowns. I feel like I now have permission to allow my son to be just who he is--not to try to change him-- and I feel allowed to be myself, too. Maybe the rest of the world really is crazy and we are in touch?!
I do wish there was at least a discussion of homeschooling as a viable option in this book, since that (and even more so, unschooling) is truly the least restrictive environment for spirited children.
A great Guide for Parents of "spirited" kids Jan 8, 2008
If you are looking for books about your intense child, then you need this book. Even if you don't buy into it 100%, you will find a lot to inform you. When reading this book, you will recognize things about your child and this book will give you ideas of what you need to accept about your child and what you can realistically change. Mostly, it will give you the feeling that you are not alone, that you are not the only one with an intense child, that this is the way your child was made and that you are not to blame. REad this book and start to see your child in a different light.
Strongly recommend Aug 14, 2007
This book is one of the best parenting books available. It is one of the few books that actually offers substantive advice about how to deal with certain behaviors. Furthermore, it is the only book that I have read that maintains a positive outlook on "spirited" children. The book does not focus on ways to change the child and does not imply that the child has a disability. It simply teaches the parent how to deal to deal with behaviors and feelings of the spirited child. I cannot say enough about how wonderful the book is. I reread parts of it nearly every night.
Saved my mind Jul 20, 2007
I was so sure my son was different in so many ways that I would never be able to keep up with him. This book helped me decide which of his spirits needed extra attention from me and how to direct that spirit once I identified it. Now when he goes nuts jumping up and down on the bed, I know it's because he has a lot of pent up energy from having to be still for a long time (i.e. school). When he gets very quiet and withdraws I know he is needing special one on one attention because something has bothered him too much and he's embarrassed by that. There are so many nuances for each of our children and this book really helps figure out the particular ones that your own child is gifted with.