Parenting the Challenging Child While Maintaining Attachment

Are you parenting a challenging child? Is your child more intense and more challenging than other kids? Do you worry about the future for this child and your ability to help them learn to behave? You will love this interview with Tina Feigal, M.S., Ed., the Director of Family Engagement at Anu Family Services and founder of the Center for the Challenging Child, where she works with families throughout the US. She is the author of the book Present Moment Parenting: The Guide to a Peaceful Life with Your Intense Child.

In this episode, we cover:

  • What makes some kids more challenging?
  • What is the impact of trauma on children’s behavior?
  • We often parent the way we were parented. How can we overcome this?
  • What do we mean by “attachment,” and why is it important for children and parents?
  • “Parent the child in front of you in the present moment”- not the one that did ____ yesterday or the one that you fear will do or be ____ in the future.”
  • Ten Tenets of Parenting
  • How can parents work with children to improve these behaviors with different aged children while maintaining attachment?
    • Frequent and intense tantrums 
    • Inflexible
    • Can’t accept the word “no”
    • Lying
    • Stealing

Watch Tina’s TEDx Talk: “How to Stop Kids’ Meltdowns and Gain Their Cooperation.”

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Music Credit: Michael Ashworth

Image Credit: Anastasia Shuraeva