The Complete Idiot's Guide to Raising a Strong-willed Child

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-06
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You're no idot, of course. You're not a pushover when it comes to parenting. But your child is so spirited that interactions often turn into a battle of wills---with you on the losing side.

Author Biography

Mary-Michael Levitt is director of the Riverview Counseling Center in New Jersey. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. Mary has worked in mental health with children and adults. Helen Coronato is a former middle school teacher and children-'s librarian. She is a freelance writer, book author, talk show host, and full-time mother.

Table of Contents

The Spirit of Your Strong-Willed Childp. 1
Who Is the Strong-Willed Child?p. 3
Intensity: The Hallmark of the Strong-Willed Childp. 4
More! More! More!p. 4
Key Characteristics of the Strong-Willed Childp. 4
Sensitive Sensesp. 6
Guiding the Strong-Willed Childp. 7
Nature vs. Naturep. 8
The Strong-Willed Parentp. 9
The Birth Order Factorp. 9
Could It Be Something More?p. 11
Sensory Processing Disorderp. 11
Autism and Asperger'sp. 13
Food Allergiesp. 13
Understanding Your Child's Personality Typep. 17
The Introverted Childp. 18
An Overview of the Introverted Personalityp. 19
First Reactions to New Situationsp. 19
Personal Space and Boundariesp. 20
Make Time for Contemplationp. 21
Parenting the Introverted Childp. 22
Discipline for the Introverted Childp. 22
The Importance of Relationshipsp. 23
The Need for Retreatp. 24
The Extroverted Childp. 25
An Overview of the Extroverted Personalityp. 25
First Reactions to New Situationsp. 26
Variety to Activityp. 27
The Need to Please Othersp. 28
Parenting the Extroverted Childp. 28
Making Time for Yourselfp. 29
Discipline for the Extroverted Childp. 30
Keeping Them Stimulatedp. 32
Calming Them Downp. 33
Positive Parentingp. 35
Children Learn What They Livep. 36
Breaking Old Patternsp. 37
Empathy First, Discipline Secondp. 37
Changing Our Perspectivep. 39
Self-Fulfilling Propheciesp. 40
Labels vs. Diagnosisp. 41
Helping Children Know Themselvesp. 42
Model Patiencep. 42
Play the Re-Name Gamep. 43
Play "High/Low"p. 45
Learn Your Child's Visual Cuesp. 46
Recognize Your Child's Warning Wordsp. 46
Developing Your Parenting Stylep. 49
Parenting Stylesp. 50
Permissive Parentingp. 50
Authoritarian Parentingp. 52
Authoritative Parentingp. 53
Positive Parenting Strategiesp. 54
Firm but Flexiblep. 54
Confident and Controlledp. 56
Compromise and Commitmentp. 57
Take What Works, Leave the Restp. 59
Taking Care of Yourselfp. 59
Not-So-Friendly Advicep. 60
Team Effortsp. 61
Progress, Not Perfectionp. 62
Trying on New Parenting Stylesp. 62
Toddlers and Preschoolersp. 65
Increasing Independencep. 67
Provide Engaging Environmentsp. 68
Busy Bodiesp. 68
Engage the Sensesp. 70
Watching Out for Your Own Health and Safetyp. 72
The Places You'll Gop. 74
Approaching New Situationsp. 74
Encourage Adaptabilityp. 76
Establishing Boundariesp. 78
Know Your No'sp. 78
The Craft of Compromisep. 80
Part of the Pactp. 80
Transitions and Tantrumsp. 85
The Truth About Transitionsp. 86
Limit Tantrums by Limiting Transitionsp. 87
Make Time Tangiblep. 88
Out and Aboutp. 90
Bag of Tricksp. 91
Rest and Rejuvenatep. 92
Getting Back on Trackp. 93
The Tantrum Trianglep. 95
Overstimulationp. 96
Surprisep. 97
Disappointmentp. 99
Helping Your Child Change Directionp. 99
Teach Breathing Exercisesp. 100
Start the Day Overp. 101
Get Input from Your Childp. 101
Keeping Good Companyp. 105
Yes! Roomsp. 106
Age-Appropriate Materialsp. 106
Undivided Attentionp. 107
A Place for Everythingp. 109
Enrichment Activitiesp. 109
Time to Shinep. 110
Is It Okay to Quit?p. 111
Too Much of a Good Thing?p. 112
Playdatesp. 113
Our House: Welcomes and Goodbyesp. 113
Sharingp. 114
A Day at the Parkp. 116
Strategies for Hot-Button Timesp. 119
Starting the Dayp. 120
Building More Time into Your Morningp. 120
Plan a "Date" with Your Attention-Seeking Childp. 123
Trying New Strategiesp. 124
Negotiating vs. Surrenderingp. 125
Meal Timesp. 126
The Importance of Meal-Time Ritualsp. 126
Sanity-Saving Dinner Gamesp. 127
Menu Planning with Your Childp. 128
Bed Timesp. 130
Bedtime vs. Sleep Timep. 130
Quieting Down the Housep. 131
Lights Outp. 131
Holidays and Special Occasionsp. 135
Enjoying the Holidaysp. 136
Dealing with Stres and Tensionp. 136
Sugar, Sweets, and Treatsp. 137
Family and Strangersp. 138
Create Traditionsp. 139
Enjoying Special Occasionsp. 140
House Guestsp. 141
Birthday Partiesp. 142
Eating Outp. 143
Stress-Free Travelp. 145
Trains, Planes, and Automobilesp. 145
Games, Prizes, and Treatsp. 146
Rituals and Rest Stopsp. 147
Elementary and Middle Schoolersp. 149
Coaching and Communicatingp. 151
Coaching Your Own Childp. 152
Specific Formulasp. 153
Confident Directionp. 154
Consistent Follow-Throughp. 155
The Problem with Power Strugglesp. 156
Define "Defiance"p. 157
Empathize, Question, Actionp. 158
Dealing with Disappointmentsp. 160
Communicating with Your Introvertp. 161
The Home Field Advantage for Introvertsp. 162
Communicating with Your Extrovertp. 163
The Home Field Advantage for Extrovertsp. 165
Education: Environments and Optionsp. 169
On School Groundsp. 170
Familiarize Yourself with the Classroom Environmentp. 170
Teaching the Teacher About Your Childp. 171
Determining Measurable Goals for Your Childp. 172
Support at Homep. 174
Learning Stylesp. 174
Clearly Defined Expectationsp. 176
Buddy Systemsp. 176
Partnership for Successp. 177
Parent/Teacher/Child Conferencesp. 178
Guidance Departmentsp. 179
Teams and Clubsp. 179
Communicate and Connectp. 183
Growing Independencep. 184
Goal Setting and Contractsp. 184
Bribery vs. Incentivesp. 186
Accentuate the Positivep. 188
Prime Timesp. 189
Mealsp. 189
Car Ridesp. 191
Notes and Lettersp. 192
"Dates"p. 193
Fun and Playp. 194
Family Fun Calendarsp. 194
Fun During the Weekdaysp. 195
Fun on the Weekendsp. 196
Planning Birthdaysp. 197
Adolescents and Young Adultsp. 199
Understanding Your Adolescent's Personality Profilep. 201
Guiding the Introverted Adolescentp. 202
Misconceptions About Introverted Teensp. 202
Social Situationsp. 203
Messages from Homep. 204
Guiding the Extroverted Adolescentp. 206
Misconceptions About Extroverted Teensp. 206
Areas of Opportunityp. 207
The Importance of Being Noticedp. 208
Puberty: A Time of Extremesp. 210
The Power of Hormonesp. 211
Higher Highs and Lower Lowsp. 213
Romance and Relationshipsp. 214
Roles and Resolutionsp. 217
Changing Rolesp. 218
New Rulesp. 218
Written Contractsp. 218
Respect Commitmentsp. 219
Resolving Conflictp. 221
Expressing Angerp. 221
Fair Fightsp. 222
Say Yesp. 223
All in the Familyp. 224
Staying Connectedp. 225
Grown-Up Funp. 226
College and Careersp. 229
Mapping Out What Matters Mostp. 230
Core Valuesp. 230
Mantras and Mottosp. 231
Vision Boardsp. 233
Choosing Collegesp. 234
Who Goes There?p. 234
What's Happening?p. 235
Location, Location, Locationp. 236
Respecting Your Child's Gut Reactionp. 237
Deciding on a Careerp. 238
Areas of Expertisep. 238
Entrepreneurshipp. 239
Hope for the Futurep. 240
Further Resourcesp. 243
Indexp. 257
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