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The Difficult Child

How to helpand cope withthe difficult child


"Dr. Turecki's understanding and knowledge of children with difficult temperaments is astounding."

"The Difficult Child Program taught me to be a better parent to my difficult child and also made me a better parent for my 'easy' child."

"Dr. Turecki's program has taught me the real meaning of motherhood."


"This book is great! The approach to discipline is one of the best I have seen. It is a real contribution to parents."
T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.

"A clear and lucid prescription of how to deal with a difficult child. The compassionate understanding of the author is evident throughout."
— Irving Phillips, M.D.
Past President, American Academy of Child Psychiatry

"This volume will sit on my shelf between Spock and Gesell."
Richard L. Saphir, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine


Expanded and completely revised, the classic and definitive work on parenting hard-to-raise children with new sections on ADHD and the latest medications for childhood disorders.

Temperamentally difficult children can confuse and upset even experienced parents and teachers. They often act defiant, stubborn, loud, aggressive, or hyperactive. They can also be clingy, shy, whiny, picky, and impossible at bedtime, mealtimes, and in public places.

In this parenting classic, Dr. Stanley Turecki, one of the nation's most respected experts on children and discipline offers compassionate and practical advice to parents of hard-to-raise children. Based on his experience with thousands of families in the highly successful Difficult Children Program he developed for Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, his step-by-step approach shows you how to:

  • Identify your child's temperament using a ten-point test to pinpoint specific difficulties
  • Manage common--often "uncontrollable"--conflict situations expertly and gently
  • Make discipline more effective and get better results with less punishment
  • Make the most of the tremendous potential and creativity that many "difficult" children have.

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Normal Chldren Have Problems, Too

Even normal children can have problems. And parents can help them.

A Child Magazine "Best Parenting Book"

"Excellent...clear and helpful for parents...a winner!"
— T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.

"Thank goodness! A wise, experienced professional voice gives normal children permission to have emotional problems."
— Priscilla L. Vail
Learning specialist and author of Smart Kids with School Problems

"A powerful and sensitive exploration of our most important alliance: parents and their children."
— Lawrence Stone, M.D.
President, The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

"Instead of blaming parents when a child is having problems, Dr. Turecki offers advice and insights that will help them become more confident and competent."
— Nancy Samalin
Author of Love and Anger and Loving Your Child Is Not Enough


Does your child suffer from

  • Lack of friends
  • poor self-image
  • sibling rivalry
  • hyperactivity
  • sadness and fearfulness
  • eating problems
  • nervous habits
  • aggressive behavior
  • defiance
  • sleep problems
  • lying
  • learning disabilities

Whatever the situation, Dr. Turecki shows you:

  • A new way to understand your child's difficulties and gain insights into causes and solutions
  • How to discuss problems without destructive arguments and win your child's cooperation
  • How to strengthen self-esteem by making the most of your child's individual temperament
  • How to improve discipline by focusing on planning and prevention rather than punishment
  • How to collaborate with teachers about school problems
  • What to do if you are told that your child should be tested for ADD or placed on medication
  • When to seek professional help

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