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  • A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
  • By: Dr. Ross W. Greene
  • Narrated by: Dr. Ross W. Greene
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (472 ratings)

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By: Dr. Ross W. Greene
Narrated by: Dr. Ross W. Greene
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Dr. Ross Greene, a distinguished clinician and pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: these kids aren't attentionseeking, manipulative, or unmotivated, and their parents aren't passive, permissive disciplinarians. Rather, explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, and they require a different approach to parenting.

The Explosive Child is the highly acclaimed, lifechanging parenting guide in which Dr. Greene first delineated the Collaborative Problem Solving approach.  Dr. Greene explains why kids exhibit challenging behaviors, why traditional behavior management strategies may not be effective for many kids, and how to use Plan B to solve problems collaboratively and teach your child the skills he or she is lacking.  

As the model has evolved over the years, so has The Explosive Child, and it is available here in an abridged and updated fourth edition narrated by Dr. Greene.

Throughout this compassionate, insightful, and practical book, Dr. Greene provides a new conceptual framework for understanding their difficulties.  He explains why traditional parenting and treatment often don't work with these children, and he describes what to do instead. Instead of relying on rewarding and punishing, Dr. Greene's Collaborative Problem Solving model promotes working with explosive children to solve the problems that precipitate explosive episodes, and teaching these kids the skills they lack.

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Life saving content!

This book helped me put into words the problems we have with our son and is helping us manage day by day...

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Easy listening, great advice for any child (or parent)

I found the recording easy to listen to, finished it in 2-3 days.

There were many practical/common examples which I could relate to or adapt to for myself and my soon to be 4 and soon to be 6 year olds (the latter showing symptoms on mild ASD, undiagnosed as yet).

I think the recommendation here is truly applicable (and should be used) for all children and not just explosive ones.

Now, to convert this knowledge into practice! Thanks Dr Greene.

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No explosions since I listened to this book...

This book has changed our lives. There have been no explosions in our home since I listened to this book nearly a month ago. The techniques are simple to apply, to the point where it's a little embarrassing I needed someone to teach me these lessons. As most children have the potential to explode from time to time and the plans to deal with this apply to everyday parenting, this book is a must have in every parent's arsenal.

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Worth the “listen”

Dr Ross Greene is the first practitioner I have found that speaks optimistically about ODD and challenging behaviors.
His concepts are ones I have found other places as well but it comes in a form of positivity and growth that is important for struggling families.

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Life changing

I no longer feel like a failure as a parent. Thank you! So validating. I feel hope for the first time in a long time.

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wow

just finished listening to this book in one day (which doesn't sound that impressive but with these kids at home nothing is easy!). I'm googling Ross Greene right Noe to see what else I can learn from him. this is a book I think I'll listen to multiple times, I'm optimistic about his approaches.

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Shame it's abridged

Had some great ideas on parenting challenging children, would have liked to hear the whole book though.

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Empowering problem-solving to help families thrive

simple explanations and varied scenarios.
addresses real life questions.
useful tips and thoughtful insights.
respects parents concerns as well as the capacity and needs of children.
these tools are very effective.
kids do well if/when they can.

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A promising strategy

Concise yet well laid out, with good explanations. I’m really hoping this new strategy will work for my family, as we’ve tried so many other conventional methods. It would have been good if it included strategies for in the heat of the moment, when your kid is physically attacking you/destroying property.

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very helpful

very informative, helpful and relatable when thinking of my child. Can't wait to try some of these methods out.

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