Challenging kids don't behave badly on purpose - they are simply struggling with the demands on their psychological development. Many tens of thousands of child mental health professionals and parents have already turned to Dr. Michael Bloomquist for essential guidance on understanding acting-out kids and getting them back on track. Now, for the first time, Dr. Bloomquist presents his bestselling skills training program in a book written specifically for parents. This clear, compassionate guide is packed with tried-and-true, thoroughly researched ways to help kids follow rules, get along better with family members and peers, express their feelings productively, and succeed in the classroom. Loads of worksheets, troubleshooting tips, and role-play activities give parents the tools to become their child's best teacher.
"Dr. Bloomquist speaks frankly to parents and emphasizes ways to overcome barriers to change, such as a child's protests against following rules. He also helps you learn to cope with your own emotional reactions in difficult family situations." --John E. Lochman, PhD, ABPP, Director, Center for Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems, University of Alabama
"We have been using the methods in this book with our two children for a while--Dr. Bloomquist's positive skills-building program is powerful! Practicing the skills and making them part of our everyday life has helped us grow closer as a family."--Margaret N. "Dr. Bloomquist's approach has given us insight into why our son acts (and reacts) the way he does. Learning these techniques was like being handed an indispensable toolbox for addressing problem behavior. Now we can resolve challenges with a lot less chaos and stress."--Marci and Matthew H.
Michael L. Bloomquist, PhD, a child psychologist, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, USA, where he conducts research and trains practitioners. Dr. Bloomquist has worked with struggling kids and teens and their families for over 25 years. He and his wife are the proud parents of two sons.
Introduction: How to Use This Book. Getting Started and Staying with It. The Struggling Child: Understanding Your Child's Behavioral-Emotional Problems. Getting Back on Track: Coming Up with a Skills-Building Plan for Your Child and Family. Taking Care of Business: Getting Going and Following Through. Enhancing Your Child's Behavioral Development. Doing What You're Told: Teaching Your Child to Comply with Parental Directives. Doing What's Expected: Teaching Your Child to Follow Rules. Doing the Right Thing: Teaching Your Child to Behave Honestly. Staying Cool under Fire: Managing Your Child's Protesting of Discipline and Preventing Angry. Outbursts. Enhancing Your Child's Social Development. Making Friends: Teaching Your Child Social Behavior Skills. Keeping Friends: Teaching Your Child Social Problem-Solving Skills. That Hurts!: Helping Your Child with Bullies. Hanging with the "Right Crowd": Influencing Your Child's Peer Relationships. Enhancing Your Child's Emotional Development. Let It Out!: Teaching Your Child to Understand and Express Feelings. You Are What You Think: Teaching Your Child to Think Helpful Thoughts. Stress Busters: Teaching Your Child to Manage Stress. Enhancing Your Child's Academic Development. Surviving School: Teaching Your Child to Manage Time, Organize, Plan, Review, and Stay on Task. Teaming Up: Collaborating and Advocating for Your Child at School. Enhancing Your Well-Being as a Parent. You Parent the Way You Think: Thinking Helpful Thoughts to Enhance Parenting. Cool Parents: Managing Your Own Stress to Enhance Parenting.Enhancing Your Family's Well-Being. Let's Get Together: Strengthening Family Bonds and Organization. We Can Work It Out: Strengthening Family Interaction Skills. Resources.