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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (267 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Sheedy Kurcinka Narrator: Mary Sheedy Kurcinka Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Parents and kids pitted against one another, opposing forces pulling in different directions - both determined to win! Every family experiences power struggles, but these daily tugs of war are not inevitable. In Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka presents real strategies for getting to the root of the emotions and needs that can creates daily hassles. But power struggles aren't just about winning and losing. They provide rich opportunities for learning how to deal with strong emotions and for parents and children to solve problems together.

Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles helps to unravel the mysteries of power struggles by recognizing that every child is unique and every discipline situation different. The author presents successful strategies for understanding emotions, managing intensity, and identifying triggers. In a new light, she views power struggles as an opportunity to teach you child essential life skills: such as how to calm themselves, to be assertive rather than aggressive, to solve problems, and to work cooperatively with you and others.

Hard as it may seem in the heat of the battle, conflict really does present an opportunity to connect with your child!


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  • Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles is a helpful addition to the parenting literature and a delight to read. Kurcinka’s vivid descriptions bring to light common conflicts, but her primary lesson is that power struggles give parents an opportunity to teach their children better ways of expressing frustration, anger, jealousy, and other emotions. Kurcinka also helps us recognize the role that temperament, both our own and out child’s, plays in family life—and that continued success depends on respecting our differences.”

    Stella Chess, MD, professor of child psychiatry, New York University Medical School, author of Goodness of Fit

  • “Mary Sheedy Kurcinka has written another excellent book for parents, this one about the seemingly inevitable power struggles between parents and their children. She provides wise, practical, and clear suggestions on how to avoid these conflicts and manage them better, chiefly by understanding the emotions that are fueling them. If only we all had this book a generation ago!”

    William B. Carey, MD, director of behavioral pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, author of Understanding Your Child’s Temperament

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate Hyde | 2/12/2014

    " This book starts out slow, but once I got to the part about comparing your child's temperament with your own, I was hooked. I also really liked the chapter about how kids deal with stress. This was an eye opener of a book. Not only does it explain why your kid may be acting up, but it gives you techniques to diffuse the tension. I definitely recommend this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katerina | 2/12/2014

    " This book should be given to every parent! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tania | 2/4/2014

    " This book is saving my children a lot of short-tempered yelling on my part. It's my new Bible... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David | 2/1/2014

    " Like almost all parenting books, it made its point in the first few chapters and then spent 200 more pages reiterating. "

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