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Parenting all ages of children to reduce power struggles, explosions and tantrums

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible. Ross W., PhD Greene (Jan 19, 2010). Website has videos and helpful resources –

Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm, and Connected. Susan Stiffelman (Mar 13, 2012).

Parenting younger children

Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka (Nov 28, 2006).

Raising Your Spirited Child Workbook. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka (Mar 4, 1998). This workbook has helpful lists and applicable suggestions. This workbook is very useful with several ideas and applications.

Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles: Winning for a Lifetime by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka (Feb 20, 2001).

Parenting teenagers

The Blessing of a B Minus. Wendy Mogel, PhD, (2010).

Parenting highly sensitive children

The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them. Elaine Aron (Oct 8, 2002).

Parenting to improve executive functioning skills

Smart but Scattered (for elementary aged children) Peg Dawson and Richard Guare (Jan 2, 2009).

Smart But Scattered for Teens. Richard Guare Phd, Peg Dawson EdD and Colin Guare (Dec 17, 2012).

Parenting gifted children

Living With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children. Susan Daniels and Michael M. Piechowski (Nov 1, 2008).

Mellow Out, They Say. If I Only Could: Intensities and Sensitivities of the Young and Bright. Michael M. Piechowski (Mar 9, 2006).

A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Teens: Living with Intense and Creative Adolescents. Lisa Rivero. (April 15, 2010). See companion book in teen book section, below.

Managing sensory Issues (for everyone with sensory issues, not just sensory conditions)

Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World. Sharon Heller (Dec 2, 2003). This is an interesting book with many helpful suggestions for people with sensory issues that do not necessarily have any sensory disorders.

Understanding gifted children with ADHD or Asperger’s

Different Minds: Gifted Children With AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits. Deirdre V. Lovecky (Nov 15, 2003). This is a very interesting and well-researched book that describes and compares gifted kids, kids with ADHD, gifted kids with ADHD and kids with Asperger’s.

Article on SENG (Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted) website: Before Referring a Gifted Child for ADHD/ADD Evaluation. Sharon Lind ,1996.

Books for teens

Smart Teens’ Guide to Living with Intensity: How to Get More Out of Life and Learning. Lisa Rivero (Apr 15, 2010). See companion book in section for parenting gifted, above.

Take Control of ADHD: The Ultimate Guide for Teens With ADHD. Ruth Spodak, PhD and Kenneth Stefano, PsyD. (Mar 1, 2011).

The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents). Elizabeth Verdick and Elizabeth Reeve M.D. (Mar 22, 2012).

Books for children about controlling anger

What to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Problems With Anger (What to Do Guides for Kids. Dawn Huebner and Bonnie Matthews (Oct 15, 2007).

How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger. Elizabeth Verdick and Marjorie Lisovskis (Dec 15, 2002).

Books for children about stress reduction and worries

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What to Do Guides for Kids). Dawn Huebner and Bonnie Matthews (Sep 2005).

Be the Boss of Your Stress (Be The Boss Of Your Body). Timothy Culbert M.D. and Rebecca Kajander C.P.N.P. M.P.H. (Jul 10, 2007).

Peaceful Piggy Meditation (Albert Whitman Prairie Books). Kerry Lee Maclean and Kerry Maclean (Jan 1, 2004)

Moody Cow Meditates. Kerry Lee MacLean (Sep 1, 2009)

Book for children about perfectionism

What to Do When Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough: The Real Deal on Perfectionism: A Guide for Kids. Thomas S. Greenspon Ph.D. (Mar 15, 2007).

Book for children about ADHD

The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD. John F. Taylor Ph.D. (Mar 15, 2006).