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  • The Explosive Child

  • A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
  • Written by: Dr. Ross W. Greene
  • Narrated by: Dr. Ross W. Greene
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (282 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Dr. Ross Greene, a distinguished clinician and pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: these kids aren't attentionseeking, manipulative, or unmotivated, and their parents aren't passive, permissive disciplinarians. Rather, explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, and they require a different approach to parenting.

The Explosive Child is the highly acclaimed, lifechanging parenting guide in which Dr. Greene first delineated the Collaborative Problem Solving approach.  Dr. Greene explains why kids exhibit challenging behaviors, why traditional behavior management strategies may not be effective for many kids, and how to use Plan B to solve problems collaboratively and teach your child the skills he or she is lacking.  

As the model has evolved over the years, so has The Explosive Child, and it is available here in an abridged and updated fourth edition narrated by Dr. Greene.

Throughout this compassionate, insightful, and practical book, Dr. Greene provides a new conceptual framework for understanding their difficulties.  He explains why traditional parenting and treatment often don't work with these children, and he describes what to do instead. Instead of relying on rewarding and punishing, Dr. Greene's Collaborative Problem Solving model promotes working with explosive children to solve the problems that precipitate explosive episodes, and teaching these kids the skills they lack.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2011 Dr. Ross Greene (P)2011 Dr. Ross Greene

Editorial Review

Screaming, crying, kicking children. Worried and frustrated parents. They think they’ve tried everything to stop these severe tantrums, but nothing seems to work. The Explosive Child offers a whole new understanding of the behavioural challenges faced by families.

In this title, Dr. Ross Greene presents a model that he has developed and updated for several years. According to the writer, these children react so violently to mundane situations simply because they do not have the capacity to do otherwise. With his own voice, Dr. Greene explains that traditional methods (punishment, rewards, therapy or medication), which are efficient on other children, do not work on explosive kids due to the fact that they lack several essential skills targeted by these methods: adaptability, frustration tolerance and problem solving. As a consequence, their parents need to take a different approach.

In his fast-paced tone, Dr. Greene gives his expert advice and insights to help parents understand why explosive children present difficulties. He guides the listener through the Collaborative Problem Solving process to solve problems in a particular way and to help children acquire the specific skills they may lack. Through a captivating listening experience, The Explosive Child lays out Dr. Greene’s groundbreaking work and provides guidance in order to make behavioural challenges more manageable.

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Amazing

It has made a big impact already! Super helpful, I'm so excited ! Definitely a must for anyone struggling with an explosive Child

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I highly recommend it!

I’m am glad that I bought this audio book because it’s has many useful tools and interesting information.

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EXTREMELY RECOMMENDED!!!!

This book is amazing. The only barrier after you read this book is changing YOUR OWN pre-conceived notions of what parenting is. I re-read this book twice because I struggle a bit with Adult ADD but the Narrator was direct and explains a scenario for pretty much every situations you can think of. He leaves no room for misinterpretation. be warned thought this book means business, it will help you but there's alot of work to put in as a parent. to be brutally honest with you.....it is definitely not as hard as battling with your explosive child day in and day out with never knowing of the potentially physical or verbal abusive and toxic relationship that is going to continue. This book and its Plan B Style parenting is completely new for me and my "explosive" child is a boy, my 3rd and last child. He has an older brother and sister in which this style of parenting just wasn't taught yet. my oldest son was very agressive and physically reactive after his Grandma died. we did grief therapy, we worked with children's first, the Regional Children's Center, Triple P and multiple un-insured children's psychologists. BUT IF I WOULD OF HAD THIS!! OH WOW THIS COULD HAVE BE SO DIFFERENT. Now my youngest is unable to regulate himself in a number of situations due to the aftermath of multuple traumas. BUT KIDS ARE RESILIENT. THEY WILL DO WELL IF THEY CAN!

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Diffusing the Bomb

I was lost, dealing with a child who was both loving and explosive, this book is something I have shared with my entire family so we all have a better understanding of my child and so we can all work with him to reduce the Explosive reactions/ situations and encourage the development of life long skills he will need to diffuse his bombs on his own. I 10000% recommend for anyone, who has any interactions with any children.

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Bang on

This approach is consistent with the novel approach which makes sense to us and our situation. Refreshing to know we are not alone. Hopeful that there is a plan which although unconventional to standard advice, provides a glimmer of optimism that things with our girls will get better.

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calming the explosion

Dr Greene outlines Collaborative Problem Solving. A parenting method that can calm your life. worth a listen.

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Author + other adults and children's voices

Enjoyed this book, I appreciate the use of multiple people's voices to make a point.

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Worth the listen if everything else has failed

Has really helped with an explosive nephew who is lacking some skills but now it is seen in a different light now I have heard from a different perspective.

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Useful & informative

We were looking into understanding our children better. Book was useful and informative. It's an approach we have not yet tried and want to try.

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I wish I’d heard this years ago!

As a former teacher with 35 years experience teaching high school and as a mom with 3 adopted children, a foster daughter, and another son through the last 48 years, I’m astonished at how much more I could have done for all my students and family. Dr Greene addressed issues most parents and teachers face clearly and thoroughly. I’m glad his words will help other parents and educators!

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  • Jj
  • 2015-02-26

I started to cry....and this Dad doesn't do that

What made the experience of listening to The Explosive Child the most enjoyable?

It spoke of a child that few experience and even fewer understand. It spoke of my daughter. I would not trade my daughter for the world, and I certainly wouldn't change the beautiful particularity that makes her who she is.... with that said she can drain the life out of me at times. If you have an explosive child you will understand what I mean. If you have other people try to tell you what to do (and you wish they wouldn't), you feel incompetent, or worse as a parent, even though you do EVERYTHING in EVERY parenting book you could get your hands on to a T, this book is for you. I started to cry when he started to describe just who my daughter is, and was relived I wasn't getting it all wrong. This book helped My wife and I tremendously and i recommend it to all fellow Explosive Child Parents

What does Ross W. Greene bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love how he reads it, he has a compassion in his voice, I always like when the narrator is the author

What did you learn from The Explosive Child that you would use in your daily life?

How to see things the way my child see them and work with that to accomplish what we both really want.

Any additional comments?

GET THIS BOOK, if you have a child that is explosive, work with one, care for one, or know someone who does

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  • mirit
  • 2015-07-03

This book saved my family

I couldn't stop crying. After countless counselors, therapists, evaluations and doctors finally I've got an answer. The author describes my son my struggles even my inner conflicts to a t. Just before I completely gave up you gave me the tools to save our family.

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  • Gidgiddoni
  • 2019-05-06

Skip the Full version Audio. Buy the book.

So I started off with the Full version audio book. Do yourself a favor and skip that version entirely and buy the book. The content is absolutely amazing and describes what my wife and I deal with in our oldest every day, but when it came to finishing the audio I just couldn't make it work. It was halting, broken up, lacked proper punctuation vocalization and made me have to stop frequently and relisten just to understand what was said. It literally sounded like the reader was a computer.

This version though abridged, is far superior in audio listening and relistening value, the author is a much better reader. The accompanying pdf is invaluable! The full book is worth the extra information but skip the audio version and just buy the book. The abridged version, which this is, covers most of the points and so allows you to skip the full audio version and then you can buy the full version book to keep on your bookshelf for a reference.

I recommend this audio version highly for those who need a quick listen to help them get going on the content right away, then buy the book to refer to for the higher detail points you need on the extra content on as a regular reference tool. Then play and replay this abridged version to solidify and train your mind to make the content present in your responses all the time.

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  • D. Mcmillan
  • 2015-01-12

Short but effective

I was worried that it would be to short to be useful. But it makes sense. Is to the point, and has practical examples... Now I need to apply it ;)

But I am very satisfied with my choice so far.

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  • Matthew
  • 2013-05-11

Wonderful and Useful

Would you listen to The Explosive Child again? Why?

Absolutely, to review the wonderful advice and refresh my understanding

What other book might you compare The Explosive Child to and why?

Superparenting in ADHD

Which character – as performed by Ross W. Greene – was your favorite?

N/a

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

If a child has the skills and ability to be and act better they would

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  • DS
  • 2013-02-25

PARENTING SKILLS FOR ALL

While this book describes an extreme problem, all kids will explode at some point and these problem solving skills are great for resolving an unpleasant situation.

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  • MMP7566
  • 2015-03-16

A solution...

A solution offered to parents by a professional who actually realizes that the typical parenting approach doesn't work, not because you're a bad or lazy parent, but because it simply doesn't work for your child. This book is concise, helps you understand your child better, and teaches you to stop doing what doesn't work, and replace it with it's an approach that will likely be more effective.

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  • Jackie
  • 2015-03-08

Renewed much hope.

I know my kid. I know that my kid is awesome, and sweet and caring, but I can't take the outburst of frustration that happen daily and cause everyone so much exhaustion. And, I don't know why they happen or how to avoid them. I have tried all options and everyday wake up knowing I'll inevitably fail to maintain patience at some point and both my kid and I will explode. As last resort. I think I'll try plan B. Wish me luck.

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  • Staci N.
  • 2018-07-10

Almost an A+

This book really helped me see our explosive child in a new light and started to help from the beginning when I only had a rough idea of how this all worked. It comes with a PDF to help you work through the process, which is invaluable. It really outlines a great approach for helping explosive kids—and even those who aren't. If you want to have a kid who comes to you with their problems when they're a tween or teen, this seems like the way to go!

My only complaint is that it doesn't talk about what emergency plan B really looks like. It can take a long time to never for a kid to become explosion free. This book does not talk about how to weather the storm while you're in it. It is great for trying to work out how to prevent 1 kind of explosion at a time and give your kid some great skills. But, I need to know how to get through it in real time as well. Information on how to get through it real time while also parenting a sibling would also be helpful.

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  • karen chegwidden
  • 2018-01-10

excellent

Useful book for those of us who've tried everything else and are sick of professionals telling us that sticker charts will help!
Only wish there was an unabridged version.

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  • Munkelmann Christoph
  • 2021-02-27

so helpful

so helpful! thanks... for every parent!! , vives you another perspective to a better éducation to find À much better relationship witch your child.