Review: Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Parent Saver & Marriage Saver

In my many years of experience as a clinical psychologist when a Mom says that she has a difficult child or a spirited child I recommend this book. Mom’s know when their kid is harder than average. Spirited kids are great kids who will become interesting people.
This book opens your eyes about how to work with your special child at lots of ages and stages. We were blessed with one high maintenance child and one low maintenance child. One made us look like parents of the year and the other made us feel like parents hanging on until I read this book and relaxed into simply what was. I wish I had found it much earlier. Click here or book cover to purchase Raising Your Spirited Child.

Doctor Carol Interviewed on Resonate Radio!

Doctor Carol was interviewed on Resonate Radio by Founder and CEO of Resonate Social Media, Eric Harr. Doctor Carol discussed the gift of a happy marriage, and provided specific tips found in her book, Happily Married With Kids.

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Did the interview spark any new ideas for you as to how to have a happier marriage? Please post them here, so we can all enjoy them!

Podcast: Dr. Carol Interviews Renowned Therapist Dr. Sue Johnson

Can love and sex get better over time?

Sue Johnson is Director of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California as well as Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

She has received numerous honors for her work, including the Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Research in Family Therapy Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. Dr Johnson’s best known professional books include, The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (2004) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).

We covered a lot of ground in this interview, primarily talking about Sue’s latest projects as well as her thoughts on parenting and generational happiness. I know you will enjoy listening.

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What do you and your husband think of Sue’s idea that your love and sex can get better over time?

Podcast: Dr. Carol Interviews Parenting Expert Sandy McDaniel

Master storyteller hosts “Parenting SOS”

Sandy McDaniel is a master story teller who, for 20 years, has taught parenting internationally. Spontaneous humor and warmth are wrapped around her ability to solve everyday parenting and personal power problems. She offers a host of products and workshops. Her “Parenting SOS” website offers podcasts, a newsletter, and lessons to help you become “the parent you want to be.”

Dr. Carol was pleased to interview Sandy recently about her current projects and her thoughts on parenting and generational happiness.

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Sandy is fun, isn’t she? How would you like to start implementing her program?

Review: Hold Me Tight

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of LoveSeven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
By Sue Johnson
I recommend Hold Me Tight to my therapy clients constantly. My clients say repeatedly, “Our fights are in this book on page….” I have read literally dozens of popular couple and family books over 30 years and this is the best at addressing feelings of closeness, connection and chronic repetitive fights or deadening and withdrawal in the relationship.

Readers connect to the book. Resolving the issues of feeling connected, your partner having your back, feeling alive in your partner’s mind frees a couple to communicate and resolve long-standing issues quickly. Johnson also works with Gay and Lesbian couples, and this book seems to talk to their experience as well.

Often couples fight when they don’t feel their relationship is solid. This book really speaks to clients and is the best explanation of the complicated “attachment issues.” This book brings that concept to life and makes it clear. By illuminating how to go through the seven core conversations, she helps couples move to a happier, more intimate relationship. She debunks the myth that relationships have to grow stale. She is happily married herself and she knows how wonderful a strong connection can be. A few clients find the book challenging to read but still feel that it is explaining something important to them.

I am very familiar with Sue Johnson’s work. She is by far the best clinician writing about and researching marital therapy. Amazingly, her method resolves even very difficult cases in about 12 longish sessions. John Gottman calls her the world’s best marital therapist.

I have watched her do therapy many times on video at workshops and advanced trainings. She is magic, but so far her books have been aimed at professionals and were too complex for even many professionals to understand, let alone clients. This one works!