BookReview: The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
by Ross W. Greene, Harper Paperbacks, 9/20/2005, 978-0060779399
A very interesting book that challenges the approach that temper tantrums are simply a child's way of getting attention. Certain children explode because they can't do otherwise: they are over-stimulated, and don't know how to cope. Ross Greene says, "children do well if they can." If they aren't "doing well", it's because they can't. Children don't want to throw tantrums any more than adults do. It's an extremely uncomfortable, out-of-control feeling.
Greene's approach is to avoid meltdowns unless you really have to (pull a child from a busy street), or you believe the situation is an important developmental opportunity. Otherwise, just let it go. This isn't "giving up authority", but rather demonstrating maturity by wisely picking your battles. Most meltdowns can be avoided this way without any loss of authority.
If you have an explosive or implosive child in your family, this is a must read. You will learn coping skills, and hopefully, learn how to model coping skills for your child.
Via Rob 10/13/2007
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