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Ami in Deutschland 04-13-2010 03:29 PM

Book recs for wild boys?
Hey there! I need some book recommendations for dealing with my very active ("wild") almost 3 year-old. He's very verbal, as in he gives me a running commentary of his activities all day long. But he's also got energy coming out his ears and needs a lot of gross motor activities to wear him out. He has recently had some more problems with hitting/shoving on top of the usual shoving his brother every time he walks by. He's smart and wants to do everything himself (=he usually figures out a way to also).
Right now I'm re-reading Siblings Without Rivalry and How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk. I've got several other gentle parenting books on my shelf, but I'm looking at something specifically aimed at dealing with boys or active kids or gifted children. I need to get some perspective of the situation and stop feeling like I need to micromanage him, so he won't hurt anyone.

I just saw a recommendation for The Way of Boys and it looks like the kind of thing I'm after. Anyone read it? Similar titles that are better? We have a copy of Raising Boys by Steve Biddulph and it didn't knock my socks off.

Bellamoon 04-13-2010 03:47 PM

Re: Book recs for wild boys?
Bringing up boys by dr dobson! hands down the best book!

Ami in Deutschland 04-13-2010 04:14 PM

Re: Book recs for wild boys?

Originally Posted by Butterfly Designs (Post 10014798)
Bringing up boys by dr dobson! hands down the best book!

OK. I'm a little put-off by the editorial reviews at Amazon, so tell me why you like it.

Ami in Deutschland 04-15-2010 02:22 PM

Re: Book recs for wild boys?
No readers out there?

smashncakes 04-15-2010 02:39 PM

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Dr. Dobson is a bit pro-spanking for my liking...but we're completely anti-spanking at our house. He doesn't say spanking is the only way to discipline, but advises that is one of many "valuable tools" in discipline. He does have some great points about how it takes consistency and the involvement of both parents staying on the same page with discipline for it to be effective. I've gotten quite a few recommendations for Dr. Sears' "The Discipline Book" but I haven't been able to find it at our library yet and I'm too cheap to buy it :) Their "Fussy Baby Book" has a great section in it for dealing with high needs/spirited toddlers & older kids, so that might help as well.

iris0110 04-15-2010 02:44 PM

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I read The Explosive Child early on in Kearnan's diagnosis process and remember liking it. It was recommended by his behavioral therapist but I think it could be good for any parent really. I'm just not a fan of parenting books, they remind me of the self help books my councilor used to tell me to read. None of it every sat well with me.


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