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Parenting the Challenging Child: The 4-Step Way to Turn Problem Situations Into Learning Opportunities


( 5 stars · 9 reviews )

After more than three decades of helping professionals work with some of the most challenging children, the LSCI Institute now adapts its brain-based, trauma-informed, kid-centered approach to the unique needs of parents and caregivers. Parenting the Challenging Child: The 4-Step Way to Turn Problem Situations Into Learning Opportunities provides readers with:

* Specific skills for building more positive relationships with kids
* Proven strategies for de-escalating stressful situations
* A reliable 4-step framework for turning common problem situations into lasting learning opportunities

After reading this solution-focused book, you will be equipped with new skills to identify and change six problematic patterns of behavior in young people. Even more importantly, you will learn about yourself and how simple changes in the way you interact with your loved ones during a problem situation can significantly improve your relationship and their future behaviors.


From Chapter 1: The Dynamics of Conflict Between Parent & Child

From Chapter 5: What to Do When Kids Turn Their Anger on Parents


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James Freeman
· October 9, 2019

Navigating conflict is a challenge for every parent. With demands of family life and parenting, our time and resources are often limited. Parenting the Challenging Child offers a practical guide that provides structure as well as allows for the unique nature of your child and the challenges they face. If you want to get beyond the surface and have a closer connection with your child, this book is for you! - James Freeman, dad of three & Editor of the International Child & Youth Care Network (CYC-Net).

Dr. Randy Boardman
· October 9, 2019

Parenting the Challenging Child” will help you become a more intentional parent. Whitson provides a structured Four-step Model for parents and caregivers for talking to a stressed-out young person. She has distilled therapeutic concepts into a very practical, user-friendly structure for parents and caregivers. If you believe being a parent is about asserting your power and authority, or purport “I had a tough life and so will you,” or your approach is to make-it-up as you go along, that is on you. If you believe that young people need significant adult role models who can positively matter though parenting, I highly recommend this resource. For anyone looking for effective strategies to assist with your own children, or parents you support, “Parenting the Challenging Child” by Whitson is a must read. - Dr. Randy Boardman, former school administrator, teacher, trainer, speaker, author and educational consultant for over 45 years.