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The Difficult Child - Leslie Tonner

Paperback Published: 1st March 2000
ISBN: 9780553380361
Number Of Pages: 313

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How to help--and cope with--the difficult child.

Expanded and completely revised, the classic and definitive work on parenting hard-to-raise children with new sections on ADHD and the latest medications for childhood disorders. Temperamentally difficult children can confuse and upset even experienced parents and teachers. They often act defiant, stubborn, loud, aggressive, or hyperactive. They can also be clingy, shy, whiny, picky, and impossible at bedtime, mealtimes, and in public places.

In this parenting classic, Dr. Stanley Turecki, one of the nation's most respected experts on children and discipline--and himself the father of a once difficult child--offers compassionate and practical advice to parents of hard-to-raise children. Based on his experience with thousands of families in the highly successful Difficult Children Program he developed for Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, his step-by-step approach shows you how to:

  • Identify your child's temperament using a ten-point test to pinpoint specific difficulties.
  • Manage common--often "uncontrollable"--conflict situations expertly and gently.
  • Make discipline more effective and get better results with less punishment.
  • Get support from schools, doctors, professionals, and support groups.
  • Understand ADHD and other common diagnoses, and decide if medication is right for your child
  • Make the most of the tremendous potential and creativity that many "difficult" children have.

About the Author

Stanley Turecki, M.D., is a child and family psychiatrist and the father of a once difficult child.He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, holds appointments at two New York hospitals, and is the physician-in-charge of the Difficult Child Center in New York City. Leslie Tonner is the author of two previous works of non-fiction and four novels.

Industry Reviews

PRAISE FROM PARENTS: "Dr. Turecki's understanding and knowledge of children with difficult temperaments is astounding."

"The Difficult Child Program taught me to be a better parent to my difficult child and also made me a better parent for my 'easy' child."

"Dr. Turecki's program has taught me the real meaning of motherhood."


"This book is great! The approach to discipline is one of the best I have seen. It is a real contribution to parents." --T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.

"A clear and lucid prescription of how to deal with a difficult child. The compassionate understanding of the author is evident throughout." --Irving Phillips, M.D., Past President, American Academy of Child Psychiatry

"A cornucopia of good ideas for assessing and intervening in these often disastrous relationship patterns." --Donald A. Block, M.D., Past President, The American Family Therapy Academy

"A unique and extremely valuable book. I can recommend it enthusiastically." --William B. Carey, M.D., Director of Behavioral Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; author of Understanding Your Child's Temperament

"This volume will sit on my shelf between Spock and Gesell." --Richard L. Saphir, M.D., Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine

"Virtually every teacher has taught a child who is 'difficult' to handle. This book is invaluable in helping teachers and parents understand the roots of this behavior and thus, helping them cope more effectively." --Ellen Galinsky, co-author of The Preschool Years, President, The National Association for the Education of Young Children

Questionnaire: Do You Have a Difficult Child?p. ix
A Personal Introductionp. xiii
Some Children Are Born Difficultp. 1
Do You Know This Child?p. 3
Mothers Under Siegep. 28
The Ripple Effectp. 43
"But Is He ADHD?"p. 63
A Day in the Life of a Difficult Childp. 86
A Program for Your Difficult Childp. 103
Introductionp. 105
Evaluating Your Situation: The Study Periodp. 109
Regaining Adult Authority: Discipline That Worksp. 128
Managing Temperament: Understanding in Actionp. 150
Putting It All Together: The Expert Parentp. 182
Coping with a Difficult Infant: The First Yearp. 212
Beyond the Child: The Family and the World Outsidep. 225
If You Need Further Help: Working with Professionalsp. 248
Conclusion: What Does the Future Hold for My Child?p. 274
Recommended Readingp. 283
Appendixp. 285
Indexp. 291
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ISBN: 9780553380361
ISBN-10: 0553380362
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 313
Published: 1st March 2000
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.5  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised

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