Parenting A Child Who Has Intense Emotions

Parenting A Child Who Has Intense Emotions

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Help your Child Regulate Emotional Outbursts and Aggressive Behaviors

Book - 2009
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Children who are unable to manage their emotions are often overwhelmed by negative emotions leading to behavioral problems, tantrums and emotional outbursts. Attempts to soothe these children are often met with further emotional and behavioral outbursts, leaving parents feeling bewildered and helpless. Though children with intense emotions don't necessarily have a diagnosable mental health disorder, their emotional and behavioral difficulties lead to problems at school and home and put them at risk for anxiety, depression and other behavioral health issues. Parenting a Child with Intense Emotions will help these parents accept, acknowledge, and de-escalate their children's emotions. Children with intense emotions often lack the awareness and verbal abilities to express themselves in coherent, understandable ways. In this book, readers learn a skill called validation that will help them find kernels of truth within a child's emotional outbursts and respond effectively. By learning the skills and strategies in this book, parents will become less defensive when angry feelings are aimed at them and better able to help their child express himself or herself effectively. Parents will practice mindfulness skills that will enable them to remain calm instead of getting caught up in the child's emotional storm. Included in this book are specific exercises to help parents practice mindfulness and validation so that these responses will become automatic for them over time.
Publisher: Oakland, Calif. : New Harbinger, 2009
ISBN: 9781572246492
1572246499
Branch Call Number: 649.154 HAR
Characteristics: 207 p. ; 23 cm. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Penzo, Jeanine A.

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Jul 11, 2017

This is the most useful parenting book I have ever read! I wish I had read this 10 years ago. It has great tips / method for parenting. This book is basically about connectivity and prevention, though they didn't say it that way.

I was a little put off by the fact that one of the premises of DBT us that "there is no absolute truth", because that is not actually true. But when I saw that their purpose in / usage of that statement was to get the reader to listen enough to another person to fully understand their perspective, then I was able to tolerate their repeated use of this patently false statement - although I wish they had stated it differently.

Overall an excellent parenting resource. I would have given it 5 whole stars, but my finger wouldn't cooperate on this small screen.

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