Help--My Kid Is Driving Me Crazy : The 17 Ways Kids Manipulate Their Parents, and What You Can Do about It

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  • Copyright: 2009-09-01
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade
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If your child continually manipulates you and others in order to get what he wants, this insightful and practical guide is the book you've been waiting for. Written by a veteran family psychologist, it identifies the specific ways kids manipulate others and explains how to disarm each one-and prevent it from happening again.

Author Biography

David Swanson, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Encino, California, treats children, teens, and families suffering from anxiety disorders, behavioral difficulties, and social problems to improve parent-child relationships.

Table of Contents

The 17 Ways Kids Manipulate Their Parentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
How Did We Get Here? The Truth About Kids, Parents, and the Unspoken Dynamics Between Themp. 9
The Three Major Misconceptions Most Parents Believep. 11
The Three Innate Desires That Lead Most Parents to Inconsistencyp. 21
Your Child's Tools of Power The 17 Ways Kids Manipulate to Get What They Wantp. 25
Emotional Blackmailp. 27
Punishmentp. 32
Shutting Downp. 40
Irrational Logicp. 46
Negotiationp. 52
Confrontation and Protestp. 57
Steamrollingp. 67
Covert Operationsp. 74
Divide and Conquerp. 82
Tactical Engagementp. 88
Creating Leveragep. 97
Playing the Victimp. 101
Forging the Friendshipp. 105
Character Comparisonp. 112
Casting Doubtp. 117
Glorificationp. 123
Surprise Attackp. 128
Developing an Action Plan to Decrease Problematic Behavior in the Futurep. 133
The Five Reasons Children Manipulatep. 135
Assessing Your Child's Temperament: Using the Star Methodp. 142
Setting Structure Based on Your Child's Temperament Meeting Your Child's Interpersonal Needsp. 149
The Self-Doubting Childp. 151
The Impulsive Child: A Case of the Shunsp. 158
The Oppositional Childp. 167
The Low-Tolerant Child: A Need for Controlp. 179
The Anxious/Insecure Childp. 195
Final Notep. 209
Appendix: Five Steps for Imposing a Restrictionp. 211
Special Acknowledgmentp. 213
Indexp. 215
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