Recently I was talking to a parent, Joe, who was concerned about his spirited 9 year old, Sarah. She loves to debate with her parents—“Why should I put away my toys? No, I don’t want to stop playing with the phone!” She doesn’t usually respond to his first request. Her parents have to repeat themselves several times, and even then they get an argument! Sarah and her parents get into frequent power struggles. Guess who usually wins?
I was reminded about my youngest daughter, Naomi, who was a spirited child. Mary Lou Kurcinka wrote two great books about kids like her—“Kids, Parents... Read More