Great practical advice: "When Your Kid Is Hurting" by Dr. Kevin Leman

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about the book....

No parent likes to see their child in pain.

But you can navigate even negative events with less drama, more resilience, and a positive attitude.

Life isn't always predictable or safe, and today's kids live in an increasingly unstable world. Being bombarded by headlines highlighting school shootings, bullying, and ethnic violence is only the start. Add on peer pressure, a friend's betrayal, nasty jabs on social media, and being stuck in the middle of a divorce, and it's no wonder kids of all ages are facing significant trauma.

In When Your Kid Is Hurting, internationally known psychologist and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman offers practical, time-tested strategies to best help hurting kids, including

· what to say (and not say) when bad things happen

· how to get a hurting kid to talk to you

· when to intervene and when to let your child problem-solve

· how to turn trauma into teachable moments rather than fostering a victim mentality

· understanding the three greatest fears every kid has . . . and the biggest antidotes

· how being proactive can turn difficult situations around and provide future protection

· why the words you choose to use with your child are critical to their recovery

You can help your child get up after being knocked down. When Your Kid Is Hurting will help you not only be your child's best advocate in a healthy way but also reveal secrets for strengthening your lifelong relationship.

my review....

Every parent has that moment where their child is going through something and they just aren't sure how to handle it or what to say in the moment. Enter Dr. Kevin Leman with an immensely practical book that tackles some of the toughest issues our children deal with today, from bullying to divorce to fear about encountering a school shoote, or one of the most potentially destructive sources of anxiety for children, the misuse of social media. Dr. Leman takes an honest look at a variety of issues like these, and walks parents through strategies about how to respond to their children, giving examples of things to say and questions to ask in a way that assures them of your unconditional love and acceptance even when you don't agree with their actions.

There were quite a few strategies that I find I'm already using, but as I read through the book I realized that I have a lot of room to grow as well! Some of the statements Dr. Leman shared in giving examples of what not to say were definitely ones that I have used when I shouldn't have, with the result being that my children have not always had the response from me that they've needed. The author's words provide a clear roadmap for parents like me to make changes moving forward. I know I'll be accessing this book again in the future, and that makes me thankful for the clear way that it's laid out as I can quickly find what I'm looking for depending on what my child may be experiencing. Dr. Leman has crafted the book in an easy to read manner, and I especially liked going through the questions from readers that he includes at the end, where he answers some really tough questions that people have submitted.

All in all, "When Your Kid Is Hurting" is a great resource for parents of children both young and old. I award this book a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Dr. Kevin Leman
Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist, radio and television personality, and speaker who has taught and entertained audiences worldwide with his wit and commonsense psychology. He has made house calls for hundreds of radio and television programs, such as Fox & Friends, The View, Fox's The Morning Show, Today, Dr. Bill Bennett's America in the Morning, 700 Club, CBS This Morning, James Robison's Life Today, Janet Parshall, CNN's American Morning, and Focus on the Family, and has served as a contributing family psychologist to Good Morning America.

A bestselling and award-winning author, Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books about marriage and family issues, including The Birth Order Book, Sheet Music, Making Children Mind without Losing Yours, and Have a New Kid by Friday. He is coauthor, with his son Kevin Leman II, of a series of illustrated children's books for each child in the family. He is also featured on 6 video series on marriage, parenting, blended families, and single parenting.

Dr. Leman and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson, Arizona. They have five children and four grandchildren.

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