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Temper tantrums in the supermarket. Tears that seem to come out of nowhere. Battles over homework that are more like wars. When your child has problems regulating his or her emotions, there's no hiding it. Children with intense emotions go from 0 to 100 in seconds and are prone to frequent emotional and behavioral outbursts that leave parents feeling bewildered and helpless.

Other parents may have told you that it's just a phase or that your child needs discipline. In reality, your child may have emotion dysregulation, a tendency to react intensely to situations other children take in stride. Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions is an effective guide to de-escalating your child's emotions and helping your child express feelings in productive ways. You'll learn strategies drawn from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), including mindfulness and validation skills, and practice them when your child's emotions spin out of control. This well-researched method for managing emotions can help your child make dramatic emotional and behavioral changes that both of you will be proud of.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572246499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572246492
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

great parenting resource

18 people found this helpful.
 on October 1, 2014
By Kile Vogelgesang
When I first read this book, I knew it would be helpful. I ordered 20 books or so and started helping parents go regulate themselves and help their children to regulate. Dialectical behavioral approaches are useful for all people, not just specific disorders. That’s why I love this book!

Read this book before you seek a medical solution to o had to handle kids.

3 people found this helpful.
 on November 1, 2017
By JB
As the grandparent of an overly emotional, often violent child, and as a person who was himself highly emotional though not violent, I found this book to be a significant bridge in my understanding and ability to help my grandson through what is clearly going to be his burden in life.

Great read for parenting a child with higher emotions than others

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 16, 2018
By MichiganMom
Not even all the way through this book – mainly because I am using what I am learning to help me relate and empower my son (13 years). My husband is also reading this and finding it very helpful with raising our son. Highly recommend!

Four Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on January 12, 2018
By Lawrence Effler
Easy to read and helpful with my child’s situation.

Very helpful

2 people found this helpful.
 on May 12, 2014
By Perseidgirl
I found this book to be a great resource and I will continue to refer back to it. I would recommend it to anyone whose child can be difficult/exasperating at times, especially if you’ve already tried everything else and are feeling at the end of your rope.

Helpful for parents

11 people found this helpful.
 on December 23, 2012
By Alison J
I’m a therapist, and it doesn’t have activities and handouts, but does convey a fundamental understanding of how children regulate their emotions, and how parents can support healthy emotional regulation.

Well done!

 on January 1, 2013
By Donna Shimoda
This book is easy to read and has many practical tips for parents with kids with big emotions, as the title states. As a therapist, while I see the child in my room, I share this book with the parents. In the short while, they are able to pick up some simple clues for reacting differently to their child.

Great book for anyone who has a child with intense …

 on May 20, 2015
By Peggy A. Gardner
Great book for anyone who has a child with intense emotions in their life. Parent, grandparent or child care provider. Very informative book.

Five Stars

 on September 4, 2016
By Odra Marcano
excellent​ book

Five Stars

 on November 8, 2014
By sam
Really a big help to me in my teaching position.