The Angry Child
Regaining Control When Your Child Is Out of Control
Publication Date: September 10, 2002
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Child psychologist Dr. Tim Murphy has addressed this very question with hundreds of families, helping them to understand both the causes and the repercussions of childhood anger and to devise effective strategies for defusing the time bomb in their midst. Whether it's a toddler staging a tantrum, a grade-schooler unable to make friends, or a sulking preteen who greets every adult request with antagonism, parents of angry children are baffled by both the depth and the root of their child's unhappiness. And when small social problems and household disputes regularly escalate into full-fledged battles, it's nearly impossible for parents to distance themselves enough from the situation to find a perspective that will remedy it.
With simple, direct techniques, Dr. Murphy shows it is possible to help an angry child understand what triggers his outbursts and develop new approaches for coping with potentially explosive situations. Identifying the ten telling characteristics of an angry child, Dr. Murphy provides examples from his clinical experience to help adults guide their children to more appropriate responses. Dr. Murphy also alerts readers to parenting styles that work best for these volatile children, explaining how a parent's own behavior can sometimes escalate a child's meltdowns. He pinpoints the moments when anger moves from a normal emotional expression to an extreme one, indicative of a larger problem. In a special chapter devoted to winning daily battles, Dr. Murphy offers advice on situations in which an angry child's temper is most likely to flare.
The Angry Child is destined to be a classic. With real solutions for the concerns of millions of parents, Dr. Murphy offers answers and hope for the families and educators of unhappy children of all ages.
"From the Hardcover edition.
Born in 1951, Timothy Murphy grew up in the Red River Valley of the North. Since graduating from Yale College as Scholar of the House in Poetry in 1972, he has farmed and hunted in the Dakotas. Murphy's work includes the poetry collections "The Deed of Gift" (1998), "Very Far North" (2002), "Mortal States and Faint Thunder" (2011), and" Hunter's Log" (2011) a memoir in verse and prose, "Set the Ploughshare Deep" (2002).
Loriann Hoff Oberlin, M.S., is the author of seven books in the areas of parenting, relationships, and writing. Her work has been featured in "USA Today", "Literary Guild", and Doubleday Book Clubs. She has appeared on "Sally Jesse Raphael" and "CNN Morning News". She lives in North Potomac, MD. Her Web site is www.loriannoberlin.com.