I’ve found yet another book that some stranger has written about my child like she knows him personally. As we muddle through the stages of Boe’s childhood, we continue to be amazed, puzzled, and at a loss for how best to handle certain situations. Raising Your Spirited Child has a lot of great techniques for handling tough situations with kids who tend to take in all of the energy and noise that is surrounding them. Living with the Active Alert Child by Dr. Linda Budd has a wealth of information as well.
Just knowing that we’re not alone in this muddling helps so much. And all three of our “Boe Books” (these two and Why Can’t My Child Behave?), have not only given us strategies for helping Boe cope with certain situations, they have also given me strength as I build my I-know-what’s-best-for-my-kid-so-I-can’t-care-what-you-think attitude. This attitude is a necessity for those of us whose kids are overwhelmed by all the noises, smells, and sensations coming at them all the time – who don’t fit the norm – those wonderful kids who are Active Alert.