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The Explosive Child

A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
Narrated by: Dr. Ross W. Greene
Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Dr. Ross Greene (P)2011 Dr. Ross Greene

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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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Simply Epic!

It's hard enough having an explosive child, being uncertain of what they need, feeling confused as to which parenting style is most effective and then being judged for it anyway.
What an insightful - yet totally common sense - way of understanding and connecting with your child (who is struggling) and therefore, mixing the right ingredients to bake a healthy family dynamic.

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  • VIPets
  • New Zealand
  • 09-03-2019

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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Lots of relatable examples.

Highly recommend.

Lots of examples, specific situatuons and plans to cope, that I could (unfortunately/fortunately) relate to. I found this really helped me to apply the plans to my situation.

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Great for children but not so great for toddlers

It all seems great but aimed towards children. We have an 18 month old that we wanted help with and it seems that we will need to wait until he is older to implement the strategies or ‘plans’.

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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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  • D. Mcmillan
  • 12-01-2015

Short but effective

I was worried that it would be to short to be useful. But it makes sense. Is to the point, and has practical examples... Now I need to apply it ;)

But I am very satisfied with my choice so far.

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  • Cory
  • 26-02-2015

I started to cry....and this Dad doesn't do that

What made the experience of listening to The Explosive Child the most enjoyable?

It spoke of a child that few experience and even fewer understand. It spoke of my daughter. I would not trade my daughter for the world, and I certainly wouldn't change the beautiful particularity that makes her who she is.... with that said she can drain the life out of me at times. If you have an explosive child you will understand what I mean. If you have other people try to tell you what to do (and you wish they wouldn't), you feel incompetent, or worse as a parent, even though you do EVERYTHING in EVERY parenting book you could get your hands on to a T, this book is for you. I started to cry when he started to describe just who my daughter is, and was relived I wasn't getting it all wrong. This book helped My wife and I tremendously and i recommend it to all fellow Explosive Child Parents

What does Ross W. Greene bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love how he reads it, he has a compassion in his voice, I always like when the narrator is the author

What did you learn from The Explosive Child that you would use in your daily life?

How to see things the way my child see them and work with that to accomplish what we both really want.

Any additional comments?

GET THIS BOOK, if you have a child that is explosive, work with one, care for one, or know someone who does

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  • DS
  • 25-02-2013

PARENTING SKILLS FOR ALL

While this book describes an extreme problem, all kids will explode at some point and these problem solving skills are great for resolving an unpleasant situation.

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  • Matthew
  • 11-05-2013

Wonderful and Useful

Would you listen to The Explosive Child again? Why?

Absolutely, to review the wonderful advice and refresh my understanding

What other book might you compare The Explosive Child to and why?

Superparenting in ADHD

Which character – as performed by Ross W. Greene – was your favorite?

N/a

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

If a child has the skills and ability to be and act better they would

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  • mirit
  • 03-07-2015

This book saved my family

I couldn't stop crying. After countless counselors, therapists, evaluations and doctors finally I've got an answer. The author describes my son my struggles even my inner conflicts to a t. Just before I completely gave up you gave me the tools to save our family.

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  • MMP7566
  • 16-03-2015

A solution...

A solution offered to parents by a professional who actually realizes that the typical parenting approach doesn't work, not because you're a bad or lazy parent, but because it simply doesn't work for your child. This book is concise, helps you understand your child better, and teaches you to stop doing what doesn't work, and replace it with it's an approach that will likely be more effective.

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  • Steve Kilpatrick
  • 16-02-2015

Wish it wasn't abridged!

This is a fantastic book, I enjoyed it, it was an easy listen and it gave some fantastic ideas and insight, along with excellent perspective on working with children. This actually could be used in interactions with anyone. What is easy to forget sometimes when working with my kids is that they are so young and do not have anywhere near the skills that we have as parents to deal with change. I still have a lot of work to do when it comes to adapting with change myself! So in summary, a great book a relevant book I will listen to it again soon.

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  • val
  • 16-03-2015

VERY enlightening

This gave me the tools that I need to understand why my child is explosive and how to help him with through those emotions.

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  • Gidgiddoni
  • 06-05-2019

Skip the Full version Audio. Buy the book.

So I started off with the Full version audio book. Do yourself a favor and skip that version entirely and buy the book. The content is absolutely amazing and describes what my wife and I deal with in our oldest every day, but when it came to finishing the audio I just couldn't make it work. It was halting, broken up, lacked proper punctuation vocalization and made me have to stop frequently and relisten just to understand what was said. It literally sounded like the reader was a computer.

This version though abridged, is far superior in audio listening and relistening value, the author is a much better reader. The accompanying pdf is invaluable! The full book is worth the extra information but skip the audio version and just buy the book. The abridged version, which this is, covers most of the points and so allows you to skip the full audio version and then you can buy the full version book to keep on your bookshelf for a reference.

I recommend this audio version highly for those who need a quick listen to help them get going on the content right away, then buy the book to refer to for the higher detail points you need on the extra content on as a regular reference tool. Then play and replay this abridged version to solidify and train your mind to make the content present in your responses all the time.

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  • karen chegwidden
  • 10-01-2018

excellent

Useful book for those of us who've tried everything else and are sick of professionals telling us that sticker charts will help!
Only wish there was an unabridged version.

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  • Avi
  • 08-06-2019

it's an interesting listen

I think it would have been better to listen to the whole book, this was a bit short and it felt a bit introductory.
I like to listen then try, but I've heard good things about the method.

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  • kathryn Lockwood
  • 27-04-2019

Very reassuring

I love the philosophy behind this book and the strategies make a lot of sense. it's very short though and not got a lot of practical examples of how to put "plan B" into action, particularly with younger children. It did make me feel a lot better and about my explosive child however, and after reading it I feel more confident and calm in coming up with strategies to help her learn the skills she needs.

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  • Amathea
  • 15-04-2019

Really helpful!

This book explains a lot and I honestly believe it should be in every new parent's "kit" and, most definitely part of every future teacher's learning. I hope I can help spread it more 😊

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  • Mrs Kelsa Jane Richards
  • 12-01-2019

Great advice, for any parent. A must read!

I've often thought Plan A the imposing if an adults will on a child isn't the best approach. My third foray into parenting needs some adjustments and adaptations, because this third child is explosive.

I wish I'd had this knowledge before having my first, non explosive child three decades ago.

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  • Justine Meldrum
  • 01-12-2018

The explosive child

Wow an amazing look at bring up kids in a different way much more collaborative way

If you have tried everything and don't know what else to try...... Read this book

Improves communication and support with kids whom are hard work
Good luck this book and the method it teaches you will improve your families life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-2017

Gods gift! The relief it provides is astounding

For me, this was a rollercoaster of emotions because I have a child who the audio describes to a T and I'm also the parent with the typical replies as described, the feeling of guilt I felt to the relief to find a very functional plan which could help my family a LOT was overwhelming but I cannot wait to put my plan (or 3) into action!!!

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  • Earthma
  • 24-06-2015

A must for parents and schools

Inspirational, positive and sympathetic. Realistic and attainable advice by a well known tried and trusted expert. I love this book.

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  • Gupster
  • 18-04-2016

Wonder what I'm missing

As this is abridged I wonder what detail from the book we are missing. Is this enough to do what we need? It's a cheap audible title as it was q copy of the cd, do designed for two CDs clearly.

As for content it's okay but nothing radicle other similar tiles haven't covered.

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  • S
  • 07-12-2012

Explosive child

Difficult to listen too may be better in a different format ie video

Interesting concept and useful ideas .

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