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Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking: Powerful, Practical Strategies to Build a Lifetime of Resilience, Flexibility, and Happiness

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From a leading clinician and strong selling author, a guide for all parents navigating the uncharted territory of managing their childOCOs negative mindset.a
ebook, 336 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Da Capo Press (first published September 1st 2008)
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Catherine Mikkelsen
This is a tome of a book. It's like interviewing a top-level specialist! It's got great information, but I write books that overwhelmed parents can immediately use, and I have some suggestions:

First of all, look at the table of contents. See how it only mentions one level down in the chapters? Well that's not true. The material goes down several levels Because of this, you might want to copy down the sections you like on an index card so that you can remember them.

Each of the chapters has really
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Maria
May 07, 2017 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great, practical resource for parents and educators. It explains why some children think negatively, how their negative thinking affects them, and tools to get them on the "positive track."

I personally used many tactics in this book with my daughter and had much success. The only reason I gave it a four was because, in some instances, I thought the information could be better organized.
Carrie
Jun 02, 2011 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a powerful read for me. It opened my eyes to some very important concepts. We come wired with the way we think about things, but it doesn't mean it should control us or send us on a downward spiral.

This book gives solutions to negative thinking that work and are practical and lasting....things that actually change the paths in the brain so that when something negative comes our way we can automatically recognize it for what it is and then change our view of it and move forward.

I've re
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Elizabeth
Jan 19, 2010 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wow. This book is informative and helpful! As a parent of a kid who can be a bit of an "awfulizer" I really appreciated the NUMEROUS strategies and ideas to manage negative thoughts. The section on ways to transition to strategies was brilliant. I have often felt uncertain on how to work through difficult moments with my kids and find myself using suggestions for doing so directly from this book. Better yet, I am learning right along with my child and I think it has been a good thing for all fiv ...more
Jennifer
Aug 18, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it


A great book with practical advice for everyone. Even if your child doesn't tend towards the negative, this book details how to help your child maintain a positive outlook. The book teaches you how to coach your child as you analyze a problem and find out what part went wrong instead of your child thinking that "everything" went wrong. By coach, I do mean coach, the author definitely discourages parents from solving kids' problems. Research has shown that kids who have a more optimistic outlook
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A.L. Stumo
Mar 30, 2014 A.L. Stumo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As self-help books go, this one has a good balance of theory to examples to advice. As an advice treasure chest, the advice was very intellectual/rational. It relies on the parent being clever and out-thinking the problem. I think more behavioral advice that was action-oriented might be better, but then the problem is in thinking so...
Cristin
Apr 18, 2014 Cristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful read in understanding how negative thinking works and ways to help reroute those thoughts. Many of the strategies are geared toward older kids but I found ways to adapt or use only applicable strategies for elementary aged children and they definitely helped.
Annabananarun Anawalt
I am loving this book! I highly recommend it to anyone who is struggling with a child who has negative thought patterns.. Also if you as an adult struggle with this - it is super insightful. This author is full of wisdom. I have not completed it yet, but read enough to know its very helpful!
Les
Reading bits slowly as time permits.
Lanita
Jun 18, 2012 Lanita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This had some great ideas and I took lots of notes. However, I can see it is going to take some practice implementing these kinds of dialogue. It would be a handy book to have on hand!
Stephanie
Apr 23, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great ideas to keep a young negative mind on track and the rest around them calm.
Almah
Nov 14, 2012 Almah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every parent must read.
Maya
Mar 18, 2010 Maya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent ideas for working with children and adolescents and responding to negative thinking in kids. WEll written and organized.
Susan
This is a great book on this issue, lots of good ideas and strategies for children and teens.
Regina
Nov 04, 2014 Regina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found the writing painfully dry. Read the bulleted points on page 239 for a summation of her advice and save several mind-numbing hours.
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