Dr. Douglas Riley's Parenting Toolbox
"Parents in Control of Children = Children in Control of Themselves"
The most distressed parents who call my office are the mothers of preschoolers, kindergartners, and children up to the third grade who are having dramatic tantrums and explosions. Their distress is caused by the fact that their child is about to be kicked out of yet another school because they hit, kick, and assault their teachers and peers, or is about to be transferred into a special education program for children who lack self-control. Almost as bad, the mothers are often working mothers whose jobs are at risk because they have had to leave work too often to go the school and deal with their child. Don't believe that a four year-old can cause you that much trouble? Just ask the mom whose son broke her nose with a kick to the face when she bent down to see why he was pitching a fit on the floor.
If you are one of these parents, help has arrived. My latest book, What Your Explosive Child Is Trying To Tell You, published by Houghton Mifflin, is now available through all major book stores and web-based book sellers. Its purpose is to teach you to recognize the eleven underlying causes of explosive behavior in young children, and to teach you clear-headed techniques that can be used at home, or in the classroom by teachers and school counselors, to help your child develop self-control.
The book opens by explaining that while many parents of explosive children think of them as brats, this is actually rarely the case.
Parents of explosive children are taught to have an optimistic outlook. Once they understand the true causes of explosive behavior, treatment can be rapid and highly successful.