Got an Angry Kid? (Book Review)

Got An Angry Kid? Parenting Spike: A Seriously Difficult Child
by Andrew D. Gibson

Practical, down-to-earth help for parents who have a child with unmanageable behavior issues.

Parent Reviewers recently gave me the opportunity to review the book mentioned above. I actually requested to review it because I am worried about Jace. Jace is a very difficult child. One minute, he can be as sweet as can be. The next moment, he’s ripping the heads off of Lucy’s Barbies and throwing them at Zander. Most days, I just don’t know what to do.

When I received the book, Got An Angry Kid?, I dove in.

The book is mostly geared toward parents who have very difficult teens and don’t know how to reach them. The important thing is to start parenting your children early. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

The book includes a self-help program called P.A.C.T. This stands for Parenting Angry Children and Teens. Easy enough, right? Well, when you look at the list of “Don’ts” they expect you to follow, you want to cry. But, if you determine to stick with it, it will have a HUGE impact in your life… and in your child’s life.

I started on the PACT program with Jace, and I’ve already seen such a change in him – and he’s 4! I can’t tell you how it will work with a teenager, but by practicing this on all of my children, I’ve noticed that they listen more, and Jace isn’t nearly as hateful as he was a few weeks ago. By consistently following the PACT program, I’m showing Jace that *I* am strong, and he can’t manipulate me into being angry, and thereby giving him the right to be angry.

I’m not saying that this book will work miracles. You can’t buy a book to fix a flat tire and expect it to change the tire on your truck for you. You have to be willing to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. This book is the same way. It’s not going to be easy. There are going to be fights, and you are going to fail. But if you give up, you’ll never have a successful relationship with your child. If you are willing to work at it, you can parent an angry child, and you can learn to love and respect them for who they are.

I will warn you, though, that this book contains very strong language. The book is geared toward parents with difficult teens and it gives you the viewpoint from the child’s mind in many instances. Beyond the language are some very valid points, and some from which every family can benefit.

To purchase your copy of Got An Angry Kid?, click here.

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    Danielle says:

    That looks like a nice book.

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