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Got an Angry Kid? Parenting Spike: A Seriously Difficult Child


Gibson's guide can help parents of out-of-control children restore love and integrity to the family dynamic.

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A brutally honest book!

by Heather on Mar 14, 2012

?Got An Angry Kid? We have a solution. Parenting Spike: A Seriously Difficult Child? by Andrew D. Gibson, Ph.D., is a book that outlines P.A.C.T. ? The Parenting Angry Children and Teens Training Program. This book is for parents of a child who is in a constant state of anger and the parents feel like they are fighting a losing battle and losing control of their child. Dr. Gibson came up with P.A.C.T. when he was dealing with a son who had anger issues. He can definitely relate to how parents are feeling with an out-of-control child. Dr. Gibson illustrates what he means by an angry child by telling us the story of ?Spike? throughout the book and then talking about what parents can do based on these situations. He offers 28 steps that the parent will need to implement to bring about some peace in the household. As he states, ?Your task is not merely changing your interaction with Spike. You must change your interactions everywhere so that you don?t run the danger of bringing them back to Spike.? It isn?t about just changing the behavior of the child, but the parent has to change his/her behavior also. Only by the parent willing to change will the child be able to change. Dr. Gibson uses real life stories to demonstrate the bad behavior and then how to use P.A.C.T. to implement changes. He holds your hand throughout the process and gives encouragement along the way. By using this training program, I can definitely see how it would positively affect the lives of angry children and their family. By incorporating the 28 steps into your daily life will give you the skills to deal with some of the challenges that you encounter with other people. It definitely takes a commitment to follow P.A.C.T., but Dr. Gibson shows that if you are committed, then things can and will change for the better. It won?t happen overnight, but it will happen if you have patience.


The Answer Desperate Parents Are Looking For

by crazypsychobooklover on Oct 15, 2010

Got An Angry Kid? Parenting Spike: A Seriously Difficult Child Author: Andrew D. Gibson, PhD Publisher: Loving Healing Press ISBN: 978-1932690897 Kids-raising them and caring for them can be pretty challenging. Add a psychiatric label or behavioral problem such as ADD, ADHD, bi-polar disorder, oppositional defiance, etc., and parenting can become what seems like a hopeless and insurmountable chore. Dr. Gibson has worked with families of angry children for many years. He has developed an innovative and proven technique in the form of a self help program he calls PACT (Parenting Angry Children and Teens). The author introduces us to Spike and his family, a fictionalized take on the true life experiences of his patients and their families. Case studies of actual families are also explored, covering a wide range of problems and circumstances. The rest of the book covers the goals you as a parent will work through. These steps are well detailed and clearly explained, along with explicit instructions and helpful hints to get you through. To change your child's behavior, you first need to address your own behavior and the reactions you have to the behavior problems your child exhibits. The 28 steps detailed will probably take about 8-10 weeks to implement, and probably about a year to see the improvement fully in your child. It's not easy, and not a quick fix. But easy solutions and quick fixes do not exist for these situations. There is a chart included so that you can make notes as you work through the goals, and you don't move on to the next step until the one you are working on is satisfactorily completed. By breaking it down this way, a daunting task is made to seem much more doable and less stress inducing. If you are a parent, counselor, grandparent, clergy member, caregiver, or anyone else who deals with an angry and difficult child, you may well find that this book is a lifeline. If you know someone who could benefit from it, tell them about it or buy it for them. They will thank you for helping them change the life and dynamics of their families

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