Help–My Kid is Driving Me Crazy: The 17 Ways Kids Manipulate Their Parents, and What You Can Do About It

Help–My Kid is Driving Me Crazy: The 17 Ways Kids Manipulate Their Parents, and What You Can Do About It

Help--My Kid is Driving Me Crazy: The 17 Ways Kids Manipulate Their Parents, and What You Can Do About It

* WINNER OF THE NATIONAL PARENTING PUBLICATIONS HONORS AWARD*

Nationally respected child and family psychologist, Dr. David Swanson, offers parents clear and simple techniques for disarming the strategies kids use to manipulate them — Thereby reducing conflict and restoring peace and happiness back into the home.

Every parent knows that children quickly learn how to manipulate in order to get what they want.  Now, this invaluable and insightful quick-reference book, written by a prominent clinical psychologist who regularly appears as an expert on television shows including The TODAY Show, The Early Show and EXTRA, identifies the 17 unique and specific ways children manipulate their parents as well as how to stop each tactic. These uncannily sophisticated and undermining strategies include:

  • Emotional Blackmail
  • Shutting Down
  • Negotiation
  • Confrontation and Protest
  • Playing the Victim
  • Divide and Conquer
  • Casting Doubt


Filled with informative and practical advice, this insightful, award-winning guide is designed to get parents the help they need in “5 minutes or less!”  If you are a parent desperate to put an end to the conflict and begin building a strong, loving relationship with your child, “Help” has arrived.

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  1. R. Conti "love being a parent" said,

    Wrote on October 13, 2012 @ 6:52 am

    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Parenting Reference That Every Parent Should Own!, November 27, 2009
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    R. Conti “love being a parent” (California) –
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    This review is from: Help–My Kid is Driving Me Crazy: The 17 Ways Kids Manipulate Their Parents, and What You Can Do About It (Paperback)

    Dr. Swanson has created a powerful and insightful reference guide for parents looking to put an end to parent/child conflict once and for all.

    This book is based upon the 17 ways children manipulate their parents as well as what parents can do about it. Dr. Swanson refers to these manipulation strategies as the “Tools of Power.” In the beginning of the book, a quick reference list of all 17 Tools of Power is offered so that parents can quickly turn to the appropriate chapter and get the answers they need – FAST! As a parent, I can say that the strategies Dr. Swanson offers are simple to understand, easily implemented and effective.

    In the second half of this book, Dr. Swanson goes even further as he offers “proactive” interventions which are designed to greatly reduce problematic behaviors in the future. He does this by offering the reader a new model which he developed in order to assess a child’s temperament. This temperament is an essential piece of information, he notes, as it allows for parents to create a home structure, specifically tailored to their child’s needs (regardless of age). It is this new home structure that will greatly reduce problematic behaviors in the future.

    Dr. Swanson’s advice is powerful and simple-to-understand. It is written in a relatable, straight-forward fashion that any parent will can appreciate. An example includes a section of the book in which he explains that parents possess three innate desires:

    1. To keep their child ‘safe,’
    2. To look out for their child’s ‘better interest in the future,’
    3. To ‘ensure their child’s happiness.’

    Dr. Swanson points out that most parent/child conflict is the result of the child’s happiness being placed into conflict with their safety and/or better interest in the future. Dr. Swanson urges parents to keep their priorities straight – Always putting ‘safety’ first, ‘better interest’ second and ‘happiness’ last. He notes that children are driven to find happiness. And, he states, that by keeping these priorities straight, parents will feel fulfilled in their role as a responsible, effective parent.

    This book has helped us to feel much more closer as a family. Because of the renewed understanding and appreciation we now have for our children, we spend less time fighting and more time connecting. I urge you to pick this book up as I believe it can do the same for you and your family!

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  2. R. Robbins said,

    Wrote on October 13, 2012 @ 7:31 am

    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Finally! A Handbook for parenting!, May 29, 2010
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    R. Robbins (SHERMAN OAKS, CA, US) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Help–My Kid is Driving Me Crazy: The 17 Ways Kids Manipulate Their Parents, and What You Can Do About It (Paperback)

    Every hand book that I have occasionally read or glanced through reads exactly like a book. Why shouldn’t it, its at a book store. But every parent I’ve ever met has never had the time to sit and read a book, let alone a book on what to do when frustrating moments come to pass with raising a child. This book doesn’t. It a good read for sure, but designed as a reference guide to immediately identify the problem and solution. It helps to reinforce what parents do correctly, what not to do, and how to break cycles in bad habits.

    There truly are only 17 ways kids manipulate. And manipulate is not used with malicious intent, but what kids do to satisfy their wants- very simply. I sent this book to my brother and his wife after they had their first child. He felt more confident in the choices they will use to guide their child and his wife also identified some of the manipulation techniques that she noticed in either my brother or her friends and co-workers. (As in this book doesn’t just work for parents to kids). She mentioned that to my parents and they read this book. They have also noticed things my brother and I have done when we were kids and how they wish this book by Dr. Swanson was available when they were raising us.

    I have had the pleasure of meeting Dr. David Swanson during his book signing and found that he wrote this book not only based on 15 years as a child and family therapist, but also with his own experience as a father of three.

    In short, you have only to gain in getting this book.

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  3. Ronda Cesarani "R Cesarani" said,

    Wrote on October 13, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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    Thank you Doctor!, April 29, 2010
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    Thank you Dr. OMG are you right on the money!!! It is also clear now. The fog has lifted. I see and recognize the manipulation now. I see the artistry of it all. My son is quite gifted in the delivery of his artistry. My husband and I laughed out loud as we read your book. Sometimes the laughter – really should be tears of another kind, but we chose to see it all from a humorous stand point when the issues were manipulation. We learned a lot and are constantly re-examining our responses when we are weak and he manages to break us or wear us down. We get right back up on the proverbial horse that you have provided us. Your book is not only about light hearted or gentle manipulation and does get into some very serious issues that I hope we never have to face. Whether we face them or not, there will be others in our lives that have to and it will touch us in some way. Thank you for the road map and specific exercises to employ in our defense. This book is a blessing!

    R. Cesarani

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