Taming the Spirited Child


Strategies for Parenting Challenging Children without Breaking Their Spirits
by Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D.
Do you work with parents of children who present a special challenge? Maybe you have a child of your own who resists your every request? Who turns everything into a big, loud drama? Some kids seem to be born more curious, adventurous, powerful, persistent and sensitive—”CAPPS”—presenting a challenge for parent and professional alike. In his insightful new book for parents, Active Parenting founder and president Michael Popkin shows how to understand and tame a child’s behavior while celebrating the gift of spirit. (266 pp.)

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With humor, emotion and practical wisdom, Dr. Popkin teaches parents:

  • How to recognize the characteristics of a spirited child
  • The positive potential these remarkable children possess
  • How taming is as much about building a relationship as setting limits
  • The eight critical planks of a “taming corral”
  • The dynamics of power and how to handle anger
  • Practical, nonviolent discipline for spirited kids

“A wonderful, heartwarming book for any parent who has ever wanted to throw up her hands in despair over her child’s repeated misbehavior. This book not only gives them hope; it gives them answers!”
– Bettie B. Youngs, author of the best-selling Taste Berries for Teens series

“This is a book that needed to be written! Dr. Michael Popkin has done a wonderful job in providing a resource that will help those millions of parents of spirited children live happier, more satisfying family lives while giving their children the gift of love and limits.”
– Robyn Freedman Spizman, author of Women for Hire’s Get-Ahead Guide to Career Success, The Giftionary: An A-Z Reference Guide for Solving Your Gift-Giving Dilemmas . . . Forever!, and When Words Matter Most: Thoughtful Words and Deeds to Express Just the Right Thing at Just the Right Time and the co-author of many leading parenting books.


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