He forgets to follow instructions, no matter how clear and simple you make them. She craves praise and positive attention, yet refuses to conform to what's expected. If these and more describe your child, you know the frustration of turning to parenting experts for advice only to find that with your child, the systems don't work, the rules don't stick and the strong boundary setting seems to make the situation worse. What's even more frustrating is seeing that these methods do work-with strong willed children. According to child and family counselors Ron L. Braund and Dana Scott Spears, the problem may be that you don't have a strong willed child. Your child's behavior may actually indidate that he or she is a creative-sensitive child, a dreamer: principle oriented rather than rule oriented, highly creative, sensitive to the point of taking offense where none is intended, and frustrated at a world that fails to live up to the ideal. They also provide advice on parenting your dreamer child from infancy through adolescence, plus a special chapter on the dreamer child with attention deficit disorder.
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