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The Child Whisperer: The Ultimate Handbook for Raising Happy, Successful, Cooperative Children

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You've been there—feeling helpless, clueless, when a child you love totally bewilders you.

Maybe it's the tantrum at the store, or the hour-long bedtime battle, or the head-scratcher of getting your child to eat veggies. You wonder what on Earth to do, so you get advice, read books, watch videos, ask the internet. And still, something's missing.

You need a plan that addresse
Paperback, First Edition, 432 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Live Your Truth Press (first published September 10th 2012)
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Mar 25, 2013 Lindsey rated it did not like it
This is actually an "abandoned book" for me.

I was so excited to read this book. A couple of blogs that I like a lot recommended it and I trusted their judgement. Then I got the book and realized that those blogging women must have been paid to say what they said. Which is really dishonest, you know. A blogger builds trust with it's readers as they share parts of their lives and insights and then throws out some fake review of a really terrible book! What is up with that?! I have been reminded th
Jul 13, 2013 Elizabeth3tx rated it it was ok
This concept of personality types being broken into 4 types has been around since the 1920's. I really have no respect for an author that takes an established idea and acts like its their own. Note, all the citations are to her own work! Personally, I'm surprised she hasn't been hit with some plagiarism.

She does have some neat ideas as to how to deal with different personality types, so I did finish the book. However, she mostly uses her own children and her apparently perfect and superior paren
Oct 02, 2012 Brigitte rated it it was amazing
I'm loving this book and crying while reading it...
Apr 14, 2014 Julie rated it did not like it
I understand that everyone has different philosophies when it comes to understanding and raising kids-- so I don't mean to offend anyone with my review. If someone believes this, and it works for them, then I think that is super. However, I had a hard time adopting her views and philosophies. Specifically, using someones physical characteristics to describe their "energy type" is extremely distasteful to me. I believe it increases stereotypes of children and personalities. I feel if you sit down ...more
Oct 16, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I have read dozens of parenting books, and this is like none of them. This isn't a book about discipline--it's a book about understanding. I have three daughters with very different personalities, which I now know are really different energy types. Understanding the characteristics of each type has helped me understand my children SO MUCH more! I now know why they act the way they do, what they really need, and how I can support them, even though they are so different from me. Most parenting boo ...more
Oct 18, 2012 Stacey rated it it was amazing
This book will change the lives of those who feel misunderstood as a child and or as an adult. As a mother of 5 children, ages 14-7 yrs old, the way I parent my children has changed for the better as now I can communicate more effectively with them according to their individual nature's. This book was healing for my inner child and I have a greater understanding and appreciation for myself and my true nature. We all understand each other better as a family. This book is for all parents and famil ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
As a student of Dr. Maria Montessori's work, I have found Carol Tuttle's book, "The Child Whisperer" to be very helpful and informative. Dr. Montessori's method for educating children involves observing them and then presenting new work/lessons to the child based on their interests. I have been trying to observe my son since he was 4 months old and I first read "The Montessori Method" but have felt loss as to what my observations of him actually meant! With Carol's guide in "The Child Whisperer" ...more
Oct 15, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing
I have five young children, and although I may know my kids better than anyone else, I learned so much more about each of them through reading this book. Our interactions, discussions, and even difficulties have become much simpler and more joyful. It's true that a one-size-fits-all parenting approach doesn't work when you've got children that have different motivations, different ways of moving through the world, and different natural expressions! One of the things I love about this book is tha ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
The content of this book is amazing and life changing when you get right down to it. I feel annoyed by all of the negative reviews (can you say TYPE 4???), because of how much this book has impacted my life. Past reading this book my family members and I have had many more in depth conversations about the types and have practiced typing others and our children. We have become really good at it and one of our biggest complaints is how little Carol goes into the secondary types. Knowing your secon ...more
Sep 30, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I've worked in the child development field for over 28 years and have a degree in professional child care. With all of the training and books I have read, I have never seen such a thorough resource for understanding children's individuality and how to guide them into joyful, productive adults. It's one of those "wish I would have had it years ago" book full of incredible information on understanding the four types of energy profiles in children. I have 6 children and 6 grandchildren and am thril ...more
Brooke Swift
Mar 10, 2013 Brooke Swift rated it it was amazing
I was a child development major in college and since then I feel like I have read every parenting book on the planet. In the last few years I have grown disenchanted with this genre. Every book and the discipline theory behind it will work for some of my children part of the time, but nothing works for every child, every time. Of course this is because every child is different! I loved this book--devoured it in 24 hours and will keep it on my nightstand to refer to often. It finally acknowledges ...more
Oct 11, 2013 Kira rated it it was amazing
Words cannot describe how much I love this book or how it's contents revolutionized my home and improved my parenting. I am so grateful for the knowledge in this book, and how it has helped me honor my children for their true natures, which has completely changed my home for the better. It seems like a complete change has come about in our family overnight; there is less bickering, resistance, and struggle, and it seems as if my children are breathing a sigh of relief now that they feel they hav ...more
Elaine Curry
Jan 09, 2013 Elaine Curry rated it it was amazing
Another great book that will stay on my shelf. Just one week after getting rid of a plethora of self help/parenting style books, I purchased this one for a book club discussion. I wouldn't have spent the money had not a very trusted friend shared her enthusiasm about the book. She was right - it's a keeper. Do you know your child's nature? How can you honor her movement patterns and expressions? Do you know YOUR true nature? Do you LIVE it? If not, there are ways to heal and honor who you are an ...more
Dec 26, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I thought Parenting A House United by Nicholeen Peck was one of the best parenting books I had ever read (and I've read a bunch over the years!) when I read it a couple of years ago. However, it was missing something and didn't sit quite right in my mind, and so I've never really implemented her system. I think I've finally found what I was looking for! This is also, in my opinion, Carol Tuttle's best book about the 4 energy types. I've listened to it once already and had many insights into my c ...more
Oct 02, 2012 Brittneyq rated it it was amazing
Awesome book and great reference for everyone! I wish I had all this information when I was teaching school. Everything shared just makes sense and feels right. A must read for all parents, teachers, or anyone who knows any people. Can't wait until its officially released on 10-23-12!
May 26, 2015 Heather rated it it was ok
This book had one very important "take away" for me. I really appreciated the reminder to see my children as individuals who require "tailer-fit" parenting. I can't just parent them all the same, or all the way that I would respond best to. It's so important to pay close attention to them and really get to know and understand them, then let this understanding guide your interactions with them.

However, there was MUCH I disagreed with! It starts with her stated goal of parenting: "the purpose of p
Oct 09, 2012 Catherine rated it it was amazing
Many parenting books focus on specific methods to apply to all children, regardless of their individual personalities. This one-size-fits-all approach may work well for some children but not for others. Rather than becoming frustrated, what if we tailored our parenting to their true natures (which Carol refers to as "types")? For example, the words and approach we use for a "soft, sensitive child, or type 2" would be different for a "determined child, or type 3". As a parent of both types of chi ...more
Oct 18, 2012 Sally rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who has children in their life.

"The Child Whisperer" has become one of my favorite books on parenting. I refer to it often. I've worked in the field of Child Development for over 12 years and have a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. With all of the training I received and books I have read, the concepts presented in this book have made a huge impact on my parenting beliefs.

Carol helps parents view their children with a new perspective. This book provided me with profound insight about Child-Centered Parenting, Ch
Jun 08, 2014 Stephanie rated it did not like it
I did not find this book worth the time. It was WAY too repetitive and could have been summed up in just a few chapters. I also have a hard time with Tuttle making claims with no field study or peer reviews. All of her examples seem to be from friends and family. I just didn't buy into her "profiling" with face shapes. I also found it funny that she didn't want to create labels, so instead they were just "labeled" Type 1, 2, 3, and 4. I don't know - call me a "Type 4", but I just don't think it' ...more
Mar 03, 2013 Helen rated it it was ok
I feel a little generous giving this book a 2, and then sometimes I feel like I'm being mean. I kind of went off the book when she started talking about what physical traits each "type" (there are 4) has. Isn't that something that comes from your genes...? round your head is, sharp your nose is, shape of cheekbones, etc? I found that really odd. There were some good points, and I could relate one of my children to one of her types, but as for my other 3 children, I couldn't really relate ...more
Apr 01, 2014 Ioana rated it did not like it
I was gonna give it 2 stars for the little common sense she used, but she really lost me at the end when she said to give your child's school teacher a copy of this book... Wow! The audacity of this woman! Big waste of time! It should change its title into "How to raise a bratty kid"... So sad that it's so successful. I can't understand how people can like this book. Lots of nonsense blah, blah, blah. Also, she should be sued for using big names such as Michael Phelps and other famous people wit ...more
Sep 12, 2012 Genevieve rated it it was amazing
Loved reading this book! I'm excited for it to officially come out so I can reread it and keep it as a reference. For me, this really undid everything practical I've learned about parenting but it all made so much more sense. Totally recommend it to anyone who is a parent, will be a parent, or who had parents, or just anyone that had a childhood.
Jan 06, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
I am loving this book and highly recommend it! I am learning a lot about myself along the way. It's never too late to be a better mother is one of the themes throughout the book so although my children are all grown and gone I find this information very useful in every aspect of my life and in all my relationships.
Elizabeth Bonet
Oct 16, 2012 Elizabeth Bonet rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I am quoted on the back of the book. But that’s because I’ve followed Carol Tuttle for years and years and feel like she has changed my life and my parenting more than any other “expert” out there. Don’t be misled by the title! Carol Tuttle makes us ALL child whisperers with her new book, “The Child Whisperer.”
This is a hard book to explain, but I’m going to give it a try. I have read a ton of parenting books as a mom, a psychologist, and as someone who runs a prenatal yoga company w
Jun 10, 2013 Christine rated it it was amazing
So when I first became a parent, I found most parenting books depressing, I was already overwhelmed! Then I hit a stage of parenting where I needed help! And I found that most parenting books only half answered my questions and some of their suggestions were completely ridiculous for me to use since I have more than one child. This book was amazing. It not only helped me better understand what my children are thinking and what things are most important to them, and why certain pairs always drive ...more
Aug 07, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
I originally picked up this book solely because it came highly recommended by a good friend, whom I greatly admire. I truly did not expect to like it or even get anything from it. I even thought I would prove Tuttle wrong (I mean, come on! Another "whisperer?" So cliché!) But I not only like this book, I love it, and I cannot prove Tuttle wrong about anything. I can honestly say this book has revolutionized my parenting in the most positive way. Has it completely transformed my life? Yes. Do I e ...more
Sep 20, 2012 Clair rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
The advice in this parenting book is so practical that you can use it and see results immediately! A greater understanding and respect between parent and child (and all family members) leads to more peace and more happiness in the home! I love the thoughtful approach that Carol Tuttle encourages--getting to know your child as an individual and viewing their true natures as positive attributes.

Carol leads the reader through very thorough profiles of four different natures (and at various stages!)
Sep 24, 2012 Candace rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
I have NEVER had a book so clearly and thoroughly help me understand EACH of my children, individually. Not to mention get positive results QUICKLY, like within a day of applying the tools the author, Carol Tuttle, offers in this book!

I have always heard that "every child is so different" but when I go to look for a parenting book when problems come up...I have only ever found "one-size-fits-all" solutions...which usually end up NOT being solutions...because, well, every child is different! If a
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Jun 02, 2013 Segerstrom Type 3 rated it did not like it
SHOCKING UPDATE: DYT book "word portraits" PLAGIARIZED Joan S Callaway book "WORD PORTRAITS" (more than half of words exact match!) Examples in my review there The Color Connection: From a Retailer's Perspective; "word portraits" in "Dressing Your Truth" book & "It's Just My Nature" are almost the same, and there is crossover between those books and Child Whisperer.)

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Oct 09, 2013 Alexis rated it liked it
So, I think there is a lot of value to this book. Carol Tuttle has obviously done a lot of research to illustrate 4 different "types" of child, what their nature/personality is and what needs they have. I found it very enlightening to tap into the needs of my children on an individual basis, as no other parenting book I've read thus far has done that. It actually helped me understand my husband better too, an added bonus!

But ... I have quite a few issues with it. Even though the author repeated
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Carol Tuttle is the best-selling author of five books and the creator of online learning programs Energy Profiling and Dressing Your Truth.

Carol received her post-baccalaureate training in numerous energy psychology and natural healing methods. For over 20 years, her work in the field of self-help and personal development has helped hundreds of thousands worldwide to improve every aspect of their
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