Review: Raising the Challenging Child

Raising the Challenging Child


What’s the worst you’ve ever faced as a parent? An all-out tantrum at the mall? A son who won’t take out his earbuds to listen to you? A daughter who’s failing at school and won’t do her homework? A teen who constantly breaks curfew? A call from the police? Whatever you’re dealing with, Raising the Challenging Child will help.

Building on their work at Chaddock, a nonprofit organization that has worked with some of the most challenging kids in the nation for more than 150 years, the authors empower frustrated parents with practical tips and real-life examples on how to

– minimize behavioral meltdowns
– reduce conflict
– increase cooperation
– promote healthy attachment
– improve family relationships

The strategies they share work both for the child who is going through a difficult phase brought on by life disruption or trauma, and for the child who faces chronic struggles. Parents, teachers, and those who work with children and youth will find positive, practical steps they can start taking today in order to understand and address the baffling behavior of the child under their care.

Rating: 5-stars


Raising the Challenging Child by Buckwalter, Reed, Sunshine is the best tool not only for parents, going-to-be-parents, but also for teachers. I cannot tell you how many times, this book would have came in handy when dealing with difficult students. Knowing what to say, how to say what we should have said, and how to promote better attitudes is exactly what teachers need.

There are always going to the group of kids every year that behave differently and need a different softer but firm approach unlike the rest of their peers. Sure, teachers use the soft yet firm approach but depending on how we say could maximize or minimize the affect we have on that student.

Children know what is expected and what wrong is from right. However, there are times they still misbehave and cause trouble not only for their parents but also for teachers during school time. Let’s face it, teachers see the kids every day for 5-days a week totaling 30 hours each week.

From early morning to mid-afternoon, children’s behavior can change like the wind. I loved how this book not only demonstrated issues and what could have been done or said differently but how to promote good and healthy behaviors in and among students.

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