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You've been there—feeling helpless, clueless, when a child you love totally bewilders you. Maybe it's the tantrum at the store, or the hour-long bedtime battle, or the head-scratcher of getting your child to eat veggies. You wonder what on Earth to do, so you get advice, read books, watch videos, ask the internet. And still, something's missing. You need a plan that addresse You've been there—feeling helpless, clueless, when a child you love totally bewilders you. Maybe it's the tantrum at the store, or the hour-long bedtime battle, or the head-scratcher of getting your child to eat veggies. You wonder what on Earth to do, so you get advice, read books, watch videos, ask the internet. And still, something's missing. You need a plan that addresses your child's needs, not everyone else's. Why couldn't children come with a handbook? Turns out, children are born with a handbook—they are the handbook. In The Child Whisperer, bestselling author Carol Tuttle explains that children tell their parents every day exactly how they need to be parented. They tell their teachers exactly how they need to be taught. Children are trying to tell adults who they are so they can be recognized and treated in a way that honors them uniquely. The Child Whisperer reveals that the key to raising happy, healthy, cooperative children lies in understanding and responding to a child's inner nature. Children's true natures are written in the shape of their faces and expressed daily in their appearance, body language, tone of voice, and choice of words. Your child's unique laugh, cry, joys, worries, and even tantrums speak volumes about they type of parenting they need. And you'll learn exactly how to offer it by reading The Child Whisperer. This simple but unique approach actually makes parenting more intuitive, fun, cooperative, and most importantly—customized to your individual child. The Child Whisperer will give you the tools to: - Have a happier, more cooperative child, using less discipline - Foster more confidence and natural success in your child - Repair trouble parent/teen relationships - Reconnect with your adult children The Child Whisperer teaches how to read unsaid clues that children naturally give every day, and shows how parenting, teaching, coaching, and mentoring children can be an even more intuitive, cooperative experience than ever. Join the conversation and learn how to become a child whisperer too: http://thechildwhisperer.com/


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You've been there—feeling helpless, clueless, when a child you love totally bewilders you. Maybe it's the tantrum at the store, or the hour-long bedtime battle, or the head-scratcher of getting your child to eat veggies. You wonder what on Earth to do, so you get advice, read books, watch videos, ask the internet. And still, something's missing. You need a plan that addresse You've been there—feeling helpless, clueless, when a child you love totally bewilders you. Maybe it's the tantrum at the store, or the hour-long bedtime battle, or the head-scratcher of getting your child to eat veggies. You wonder what on Earth to do, so you get advice, read books, watch videos, ask the internet. And still, something's missing. You need a plan that addresses your child's needs, not everyone else's. Why couldn't children come with a handbook? Turns out, children are born with a handbook—they are the handbook. In The Child Whisperer, bestselling author Carol Tuttle explains that children tell their parents every day exactly how they need to be parented. They tell their teachers exactly how they need to be taught. Children are trying to tell adults who they are so they can be recognized and treated in a way that honors them uniquely. The Child Whisperer reveals that the key to raising happy, healthy, cooperative children lies in understanding and responding to a child's inner nature. Children's true natures are written in the shape of their faces and expressed daily in their appearance, body language, tone of voice, and choice of words. Your child's unique laugh, cry, joys, worries, and even tantrums speak volumes about they type of parenting they need. And you'll learn exactly how to offer it by reading The Child Whisperer. This simple but unique approach actually makes parenting more intuitive, fun, cooperative, and most importantly—customized to your individual child. The Child Whisperer will give you the tools to: - Have a happier, more cooperative child, using less discipline - Foster more confidence and natural success in your child - Repair trouble parent/teen relationships - Reconnect with your adult children The Child Whisperer teaches how to read unsaid clues that children naturally give every day, and shows how parenting, teaching, coaching, and mentoring children can be an even more intuitive, cooperative experience than ever. Join the conversation and learn how to become a child whisperer too: http://thechildwhisperer.com/

30 review for The Child Whisperer: The Ultimate Handbook for Raising Happy, Successful, Cooperative Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    This is actually an "abandoned book" for me. I was so excited to read this book. A couple of blogs that I like a lot recommended it and I trusted their judgement. Then I got the book and realized that those blogging women must have been paid to say what they said. Which is really dishonest, you know. A blogger builds trust with it's readers as they share parts of their lives and insights and then throws out some fake review of a really terrible book! What is up with that?! I have been reminded th This is actually an "abandoned book" for me. I was so excited to read this book. A couple of blogs that I like a lot recommended it and I trusted their judgement. Then I got the book and realized that those blogging women must have been paid to say what they said. Which is really dishonest, you know. A blogger builds trust with it's readers as they share parts of their lives and insights and then throws out some fake review of a really terrible book! What is up with that?! I have been reminded that not everything I read is true. But I digress... There are many reasons I can give about why I didn't like this book. But I will just stick with the main one. The lady is crazy. She is building her own empire of self-help books. And she's crazy. Really. She says that there are 4 "Energy Types" of children. How do you know which Energy Type your child has? Well, one way is to look at his or her physical features. This is an actual excerpt from her book... "One of the most telling ways to determine your child's true Energy Type is to look at his or her facial features and body language. Your child's physical characteristics are often more accurate than personality, which can be altered by situation or expectation. The overall quality of a Type 1s physical expression is animated, youthful and cute. Their bone structure creates circles and points of a star with features being asymmetrical or random." page 75 She then refers you to her website so you can better learn about your child's physical features and how they are connected to his Energy Type. And then she starts talking about how she identifies her grand children's Energy Type by looking at their facial features on the day they were born. And if you have ever had a baby, you know that they're physical features change quickly! There is no factual backing for any of her ideas. She often says "according to my research" but never says what kind of "research" she has conducted! After I began realizing that she is crazy, I read reviews but NO ONE WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW WEIRD THIS BOOK IS! Why is that? Am I the ONLY ONE who doesn't get this book? I actually never did get to the meat of the book-- actual tips to help understand your child-- and I'm sure there may be some good stuff somewhere in the middle but she lost me with her weird non-factual based ideas.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I have read dozens of parenting books, and this is like none of them. This isn't a book about discipline--it's a book about understanding. I have three daughters with very different personalities, which I now know are really different energy types. Understanding the characteristics of each type has helped me understand my children SO MUCH more! I now know why they act the way they do, what they really need, and how I can support them, even though they are so different from me. Most parenting boo I have read dozens of parenting books, and this is like none of them. This isn't a book about discipline--it's a book about understanding. I have three daughters with very different personalities, which I now know are really different energy types. Understanding the characteristics of each type has helped me understand my children SO MUCH more! I now know why they act the way they do, what they really need, and how I can support them, even though they are so different from me. Most parenting books have a "one size fits all" approach. Or they offer a bunch of different "techniques" for discipline, and you are supposed to just try them out and see which ones work. With Carol's book, all the guesswork is taken out. Have you noticed that "time out" doesn't work for every child? This book explains why. Do you wonder if your kid has ADD because they can't sit still? They may just have a high energy type, and Carol helps you understand how to channel that energy to help your child succeed. This book is a must-have for every person who deals with children, from parents to grandparents to teachers to caregivers. It will change the way you see children forever.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth3tx

    This concept of personality types being broken into 4 types has been around since the 1920's. I really have no respect for an author that takes an established idea and acts like its their own. Note, all the citations are to her own work! Personally, I'm surprised she hasn't been hit with some plagiarism. She does have some neat ideas as to how to deal with different personality types, so I did finish the book. However, she mostly uses her own children and her apparently perfect and superior paren This concept of personality types being broken into 4 types has been around since the 1920's. I really have no respect for an author that takes an established idea and acts like its their own. Note, all the citations are to her own work! Personally, I'm surprised she hasn't been hit with some plagiarism. She does have some neat ideas as to how to deal with different personality types, so I did finish the book. However, she mostly uses her own children and her apparently perfect and superior parenting ability as examples. Finally, it bothers me that she tries to link personality types to physical traits. For one thing, of all the other authors on personality types, none have indicated that they are linked to physical traits, so there is NO science backing this up. Furthermore, this presupposes that no experiences can influence a personality trait because it would be tied to the shape of a child's eyes, which is unfounded. Finally, some of the descriptions she uses are mind-blowing... such as a button nose means a certain trait... however, every infant I have ever seen has a button nose, they are necessary for nursing. So, this system she has made up seems faulty.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    As a student of Dr. Maria Montessori's work, I have found Carol Tuttle's book, "The Child Whisperer" to be very helpful and informative. Dr. Montessori's method for educating children involves observing them and then presenting new work/lessons to the child based on their interests. I have been trying to observe my son since he was 4 months old and I first read "The Montessori Method" but have felt loss as to what my observations of him actually meant! With Carol's guide in "The Child Whisperer" As a student of Dr. Maria Montessori's work, I have found Carol Tuttle's book, "The Child Whisperer" to be very helpful and informative. Dr. Montessori's method for educating children involves observing them and then presenting new work/lessons to the child based on their interests. I have been trying to observe my son since he was 4 months old and I first read "The Montessori Method" but have felt loss as to what my observations of him actually meant! With Carol's guide in "The Child Whisperer" I feel like I am better able to understand and meet my children's needs. In my own little family we have one of each type, my husband is the "More Serious Child", I am a "Fun Loving Child" while our almost 5 year old son is the "Sensitive Child" and our 2 year old daughter is the "Determined Child". Carol explains so clearly and concisely exactly what it means to be each type of child and how the movement of that child is reflected throughout their life. With this new understanding of myself, my husband and our children, I feel capable (for the first time as a parent) of being able to fully honor and respect my children for who they are! I understand now what things I can do to better support my children in living true to their nature and create harmonious relationships within our family. For example: I have learned that due to my son's sensitive nature I should not push him to succeed, but due to my daughter's determined nature she will actually do better if I do push her to succeed. This is something I never would have considered before reading Carol's book, but now it makes sense even considering how young my daughter is! She is only 2 but she already knows the entire alphabet and counts to 20 and corrects herself on both if she realizes she has made a mistake! And she does it because she is trying to keep up and compete with her older brother! To better support my son, who as a Type 2 is very detail oriented, I had him help me create a daily schedule where I put in the absolutes (mealtimes, lessons and class times) and he chose where to put the "other" things he needs to and wants to do each day (practicing piano, personal reading time, playing the Wii). Our days have been going so much better now that HE has a schedule he can refer to. As a random type 1, I have never done well with a lot of structure so I haven't ever been able to use a schedule successfully for myself. With this schedule being HIS schedule it is something that works for both of us AND it makes me a better parent to have set mealtimes since I have been pretty inconsistent in that regard. I am so grateful for my son and that he brings the gift of more structure into my life! With my daughter, I am honoring her needs and responding to them in a much more timely manner so that as a Type 3 she doesn't exaggerate her determined nature and come across as pushy. She is such a delight and I am thankful to understand her true nature now (at the age of 2) so that I can honor and respect her needs and wants as she grows older. I am sure that without this understanding I would have squished her determined nature and the teenage years would have been much more difficult. And as my daughter is now starting to get to the age where she will play with other children, I am so grateful for the insight that she would do best to have little girlfriends that are either Type 3 themselves or Type 1 so that they can keep up with her forward pushing nature! As important as it has been to learn how to read and understand my children, I am SO grateful for the gift this book has brought into my life to better understand my siblings and the past misunderstandings and hurts that happened in our family growing up. So much of the family drama we now experience would be non-existent had this information been available 40 years ago when my parents were beginning their family. It is my hope that as my parents really take this book to heart and implement the tips/guidelines Carol suggests that the deep wounds felt by some members of my family will be healed and we will finally experience true peace in our family.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This book had one very important "take away" for me. I really appreciated the reminder to see my children as individuals who require "tailer-fit" parenting. I can't just parent them all the same, or all the way that I would respond best to. It's so important to pay close attention to them and really get to know and understand them, then let this understanding guide your interactions with them. However, there was MUCH I disagreed with! It starts with her stated goal of parenting: "the purpose of p This book had one very important "take away" for me. I really appreciated the reminder to see my children as individuals who require "tailer-fit" parenting. I can't just parent them all the same, or all the way that I would respond best to. It's so important to pay close attention to them and really get to know and understand them, then let this understanding guide your interactions with them. However, there was MUCH I disagreed with! It starts with her stated goal of parenting: "the purpose of parenting is to raise children true to their natures so they can grow up feeling honored, confident, and free to be themselves." Wow. Certainly those are desirable things. What parent wouldn't agree that these things are important? However, there is SO MUCH MORE that I hope results from my raising of my children! Does this goal not strike you as utterly selfish? I hope my children grow up confident in who they are as people of value, but also very aware of their responsibility in society to serve others and do good in the world, even when that might be less than "natural" for them to do so. And where is any mention of integrity to personal values and the development of good virtues? So much more I could add here, but hopefully that gives the idea. I think her goal to be low-aiming indeed! Over and over again, she advocated catering life to your child's "nature", with almost no acknowledgement that the child needs to be taught and prepared for the real world, which will not be so obliging. Children should not be raised with the notion that everything and everyone will conform to their whims and fancies. Of course it is vital to value our children as individuals and teach them that who they are is amazing and comes with great strengths. However, to fail to help them deal with the weaknesses that they come with as well does them a huge disservice. Far better to learn in a loving home atmosphere how to cope with things not being quite as you like, then to have to learn these lessons as an adult away from the unconditional love of a family. Also, I GREATLY disagree with her insistence on being able to place everyone in four neat types - even right from birth in many cases, as she claims. This denies the very individuality in human nature that she claims to be so passionate about celebrating. Her descriptions of the types include even physical characteristics. I think in most cases, someone's high cheek bones are because they have Irish ancestry, not because they are of a particular personality type. I really, really disagree with boxing a child in with what "Type" they are. As I read the descriptions of each type, I found things in each one that described each of my four children, but I was unable to identify the dominant type for any of my children. They are each a happy, wonderful, individual medley of their own. To attempt to put people neatly in one of four types is severely oversimplifying the intricacies of individuality, and runs the risk of encouraging parents to be so focused on how they think their child "should" be based on their "type" and missing the truth of who they really are. I am sorry to be so harsh, because it is obvious from her stories that she is a devoted and loving mother to wonderful children who love her. However, while I found great value in reading the different observations she has made into how different children may respond to different situations, and ideas in how to parent different children, there was much I struggled with in this book!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I understand that everyone has different philosophies when it comes to understanding and raising kids-- so I don't mean to offend anyone with my review. If someone believes this, and it works for them, then I think that is super. However, I had a hard time adopting her views and philosophies. Specifically, using someone's physical characteristics to describe their "energy type" is extremely distasteful to me. I believe it increases stereotypes of children and personalities. I feel if you sit dow I understand that everyone has different philosophies when it comes to understanding and raising kids-- so I don't mean to offend anyone with my review. If someone believes this, and it works for them, then I think that is super. However, I had a hard time adopting her views and philosophies. Specifically, using someone's physical characteristics to describe their "energy type" is extremely distasteful to me. I believe it increases stereotypes of children and personalities. I feel if you sit down with your children and figure out their "type" (all aspects of themselves-- dominant type, etc.) it only increases the likelihood that they will act those certain ways, sort of a self-fulfilled prophecy. (I tried this with one of my kids-- and sure enough, her "type 1" traits were exacerbated greatly almost immediately!!!) The science she uses to figure all of this out is sketchy at best. The second most distasteful philosophy of her book was the subliminal "that's just the way this child is...you need to bend to them" message I got. Maybe I was completely interpreting it wrong. I agree that children are all different, and I certainly try to communicate and teach each one of my kids in ways that they individually can understand. I believe in studying their dispositions and temperaments-- but this was WAY out there for me and just does not work in my mind. Additionally, I visited her website to check out some of her interactions with moms and children. It seems like a huge marketing scam-- assigning different labels to age old stereotypes. That being said-- if it works for someone, then super! From my perspective-- it may just work because 1) children need to feel understood, and if parents take that time then OF COURSE it will work, 2) parents have a huge influence on their kids-- if they explain to them they are "such and such" energy types, and really believe that, those children WILL act and be that way to a certain extent. I don't believe parents can "make" their child into what they want, but I believe they have so much more of an influence than they realize. It may also just plain work because parents and children are just trying harder to understand how they interact with each other-- and that in itself creates a balanced happy atmosphere in a home. Like I said, we all want to feel accepted and understood. All in all, this book just wasn't for me. It didn't "speak" to me as far as an effective and believable way to parent.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brigitte

    I'm loving this book and crying while reading it... I'm loving this book and crying while reading it...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Curry

    Another great book that will stay on my shelf. Just one week after getting rid of a plethora of self help/parenting style books, I purchased this one for a book club discussion. I wouldn't have spent the money had not a very trusted friend shared her enthusiasm about the book. She was right - it's a keeper. Do you know your child's nature? How can you honor her movement patterns and expressions? Do you know YOUR true nature? Do you LIVE it? If not, there are ways to heal and honor who you are an Another great book that will stay on my shelf. Just one week after getting rid of a plethora of self help/parenting style books, I purchased this one for a book club discussion. I wouldn't have spent the money had not a very trusted friend shared her enthusiasm about the book. She was right - it's a keeper. Do you know your child's nature? How can you honor her movement patterns and expressions? Do you know YOUR true nature? Do you LIVE it? If not, there are ways to heal and honor who you are and put aside all of those requirements placed on us by well-meaning people along the way. This was a very meaningful and truthful book that will change the way I view myself, my husband, my children and everyone I come in contact with. Thank you, Carol!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Helen Middlebrook

    I feel a little generous giving this book a 2, and then sometimes I feel like I'm being mean. I kind of went off the book when she started talking about what physical traits each "type" (there are 4) has. Isn't that something that comes from your genes...?....how round your head is, sharp your nose is, shape of cheekbones, etc? I found that really odd. There were some good points, and I could relate one of my children to one of her types, but as for my other 3 children, I couldn't really relate I feel a little generous giving this book a 2, and then sometimes I feel like I'm being mean. I kind of went off the book when she started talking about what physical traits each "type" (there are 4) has. Isn't that something that comes from your genes...?....how round your head is, sharp your nose is, shape of cheekbones, etc? I found that really odd. There were some good points, and I could relate one of my children to one of her types, but as for my other 3 children, I couldn't really relate any type for them. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't recommend this book. I heard so many good reviews about it, but it wasn't for me. I also agree with another review that said this book is super wordy. It could be half the length, with more getting straight to the point.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    This book will change the lives of those who feel misunderstood as a child and or as an adult. As a mother of 5 children, ages 14-7 yrs old, the way I parent my children has changed for the better as now I can communicate more effectively with them according to their individual nature's. This book was healing for my inner child and I have a greater understanding and appreciation for myself and my true nature. We all understand each other better as a family. This book is for all parents and famil This book will change the lives of those who feel misunderstood as a child and or as an adult. As a mother of 5 children, ages 14-7 yrs old, the way I parent my children has changed for the better as now I can communicate more effectively with them according to their individual nature's. This book was healing for my inner child and I have a greater understanding and appreciation for myself and my true nature. We all understand each other better as a family. This book is for all parents and families no matter the age of your children. It is never too late to start honoring and understanding all children babies to adults!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I have five young children, and although I may know my kids better than anyone else, I learned so much more about each of them through reading this book. Our interactions, discussions, and even difficulties have become much simpler and more joyful. It's true that a one-size-fits-all parenting approach doesn't work when you've got children that have different motivations, different ways of moving through the world, and different natural expressions! One of the things I love about this book is tha I have five young children, and although I may know my kids better than anyone else, I learned so much more about each of them through reading this book. Our interactions, discussions, and even difficulties have become much simpler and more joyful. It's true that a one-size-fits-all parenting approach doesn't work when you've got children that have different motivations, different ways of moving through the world, and different natural expressions! One of the things I love about this book is that I can become my own parenting expert and feel confident in the approaches that I try, because they are approaches that are tailored to each of my kids and what they need from me as their parent. I also love that it is so comprehensive and, at 432 pages, is a wonderful resource and a great reference as my kids age and their needs change. It is not a book that I'll read once and just put on the shelf. I'll be referring to it again and again. The Child Whisperer is not only great for parents, but I noticed that it can also be really helpful for anyone who interacts with or works with children. Think: a schoolteacher who wants to motivate all her uniquely different students, a grandmother who wants to be an influence for good in her grandchildren's lives, a social worker who works with troubled teens, a community member who is concerned about the direction young people seem to be headed. The applications are really endless. Here's just a sampling of some of the topics that Carol Tuttle covers in this handbook: - your child in family relationships - your child in their friendships and social settings - your child's timeliness - your child's money management - your child's recreational activities - your child's dating experience - your child's classroom behavior and study habits - how to help your young child learn to talk, potty train, and sleep through the night - what your child's physical features can tell you about them - how to communicate with your child in the most meaningful way - how to help your child drive safely - how to get your child to pitch in and help around the house - what your child needs from you at every stage of their development - how to heal a damaged relationship with your child This is a book that will change your relationship with your child and make it better than you ever thought possible, no matter what age they are. And you get so much content for the price of a paperback book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    The content of this book is amazing and life changing when you get right down to it. I feel annoyed by all of the negative reviews (can you say TYPE 4???), because of how much this book has impacted my life. Past reading this book my family members and I have had many more in depth conversations about the types and have practiced typing others and our children. We have become really good at it and one of our biggest complaints is how little Carol goes into the secondary types. Knowing your secon The content of this book is amazing and life changing when you get right down to it. I feel annoyed by all of the negative reviews (can you say TYPE 4???), because of how much this book has impacted my life. Past reading this book my family members and I have had many more in depth conversations about the types and have practiced typing others and our children. We have become really good at it and one of our biggest complaints is how little Carol goes into the secondary types. Knowing your secondary type is almost as essential as knowing your primary type. It impacts who you are sooooo much. People who complain about how there are only 4 types, well consider this... there are 4 types and from there you can have one of 3 secondary types (which then follows that you will probably have smaller amounts of the other types in you as well). The primary type is just what you naturally feel more comfortable leading with and is a healthier option for your energy. If you believe then that truth can be found in more than 1 place you might consider that on top of your energy types and whatever percentage of each you might be (not that I sit around trying to calculate it) you also have your personal life and experiences that add to who you are, you also have the day you were born (astrology anyone?) which can pinpoint your zodiac sign as well as more details such as your moon in whatever planet or however that all works. You might also take into account your religious beliefs. There is so much that adds to who you are as a human being. WHen you really get down to it Carol is not trying to get anyone to fit into a tiny box, on the contrary she is trying to give you permission to be who you are and not who the world says you should be. She is giving you permission to look outside of the box that the world puts you in and determine who you are and how to best serve the needs of yourself and the people around you through your gifts and abilities. I love it. Like I said, life changing. Many nuggets of truth within this book that have helped me to understand myself, my husband, my children (and by the way for the first time EVER my husband feels like he understands himself a little more. This is the only personality typing that has ever felt validating to him).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I've worked in the child development field for over 28 years and have a degree in professional child care. With all of the training and books I have read, I have never seen such a thorough resource for understanding children's individuality and how to guide them into joyful, productive adults. It's one of those "wish I would have had it years ago" book full of incredible information on understanding the four types of energy profiles in children. I have 6 children and 6 grandchildren and am thril I've worked in the child development field for over 28 years and have a degree in professional child care. With all of the training and books I have read, I have never seen such a thorough resource for understanding children's individuality and how to guide them into joyful, productive adults. It's one of those "wish I would have had it years ago" book full of incredible information on understanding the four types of energy profiles in children. I have 6 children and 6 grandchildren and am thrilled to have a deeper understanding of their individuality. It's so much more than just understanding a personality as other books have identified. It's about physical features, movement, ways of relating to the world and what motivates each type. By understanding a child's true nature, you can learn to parent or teach them without wounding and stifling their natural talents, abilities and tendencies which are the things that make them amazing and wonderful. As you become a "Child Whisperer" you will learn to guide them in a positively enriching way rather than trying to change them to what you think they should be or a traditional "mold" of social expectations. Many tips throughout the book give you ideas in relating to each child's type. There is also a section on the pitfalls of traditional parenting methods and beliefs. This is a book that every parent, grandparent, teacher, coach, daycare provider or anyone who cares about children should have on their bookshelf. If you want to see more joy and peace and a better relationship between you and a child, you need this book!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Swift

    I was a child development major in college and since then I feel like I have read every parenting book on the planet. In the last few years I have grown disenchanted with this genre. Every book and the discipline theory behind it will work for some of my children part of the time, but nothing works for every child, every time. Of course this is because every child is different! I loved this book--devoured it in 24 hours and will keep it on my nightstand to refer to often. It finally acknowledges I was a child development major in college and since then I feel like I have read every parenting book on the planet. In the last few years I have grown disenchanted with this genre. Every book and the discipline theory behind it will work for some of my children part of the time, but nothing works for every child, every time. Of course this is because every child is different! I loved this book--devoured it in 24 hours and will keep it on my nightstand to refer to often. It finally acknowledges that each child comes individually unique and your parenting approach should be altered to reflect that. There were so many good, specific ideas for what works with certain types of kids. Some of it, my husband and I have figured out as we've gone along and it was reaffirming that we were right to trust our instincts about certain things. But, man, I have totally been using the wrong approach with one of my children and wondering for a while why we aren't connecting. This book felt like an answer to prayer in that relationship. I liked that the book celebrates all types of people and recognizes that for every perceived weakness, there is a strength associated with it. (Ie. hyperactive--outgoing/energetic, shy--calm,peaceful, judgmental--discerning, etc. This book reminded me how easy it is to label my kids with the negative adjective instead of celebrating the positive adjective.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I originally picked up this book solely because it came highly recommended by a good friend, whom I greatly admire. I truly did not expect to like it or even get anything from it. I even thought I would prove Tuttle wrong (I mean, come on! Another "whisperer?" So cliché!) But I not only like this book, I love it, and I cannot prove Tuttle wrong about anything. I can honestly say this book has revolutionized my parenting in the most positive way. Has it completely transformed my life? Yes. Do I e I originally picked up this book solely because it came highly recommended by a good friend, whom I greatly admire. I truly did not expect to like it or even get anything from it. I even thought I would prove Tuttle wrong (I mean, come on! Another "whisperer?" So cliché!) But I not only like this book, I love it, and I cannot prove Tuttle wrong about anything. I can honestly say this book has revolutionized my parenting in the most positive way. Has it completely transformed my life? Yes. Do I experience constant harmony with my children now? No. Am I a perfect parent now? No. Do I understand my children better and communicate with them with ways that strengthen our trust and relationship? Yes. I even understand other people better (my husband, siblings, parents) and approach relationships in what I feel is a more wholesome way. Ivan certainly understand reservations about what Tuttle is teaching; I had them myself. And while I still am not so sure about the facial profiling, everything else feels so right in my gut that I just can't recommend it enough. The parenting advise and help is exactly what I needed. If you want to understand your child better, read this book. If you want to be a better parent, read this book. If it seems kind of crazy at first, keep reading. It's not magic; it may not even be "science," but it works.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kira

    Words cannot describe how much I love this book or how it's contents revolutionized my home and improved my parenting. I am so grateful for the knowledge in this book, and how it has helped me honor my children for their true natures, which has completely changed my home for the better. It seems like a complete change has come about in our family overnight; there is less bickering, resistance, and struggle, and it seems as if my children are breathing a sigh of relief now that they feel they hav Words cannot describe how much I love this book or how it's contents revolutionized my home and improved my parenting. I am so grateful for the knowledge in this book, and how it has helped me honor my children for their true natures, which has completely changed my home for the better. It seems like a complete change has come about in our family overnight; there is less bickering, resistance, and struggle, and it seems as if my children are breathing a sigh of relief now that they feel they have permission to be their true selves and be respected for that. Homeschool is going much more smoothly, some of my three year old's "behavioral issues" have improved, and my heart feels freer knowing my children's true energy and being able to connect with them in a way that resonates and matters with them. I had to return this book to the library today (I even kept it a day overdue!) but I have a copy for myself already on order. I recommend this book to every parent, every aunt and uncle, any teacher or caregiver of children all over the world. It will change your life and the life of the children you care for, I promise!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I thought Parenting A House United by Nicholeen Peck was one of the best parenting books I had ever read (and I've read a bunch over the years!) when I read it a couple of years ago. However, it was missing something and didn't sit quite right in my mind, and so I've never really implemented her system. I think I've finally found what I was looking for! This is also, in my opinion, Carol Tuttle's best book about the 4 energy types. I've listened to it once already and had many insights into my c I thought Parenting A House United by Nicholeen Peck was one of the best parenting books I had ever read (and I've read a bunch over the years!) when I read it a couple of years ago. However, it was missing something and didn't sit quite right in my mind, and so I've never really implemented her system. I think I've finally found what I was looking for! This is also, in my opinion, Carol Tuttle's best book about the 4 energy types. I've listened to it once already and had many insights into my children. I can't wait to read and reread (or listen) to it again and again as I try to alter my parenting to fit each child's unique style and needs.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve

    Loved reading this book! I'm excited for it to officially come out so I can reread it and keep it as a reference. For me, this really undid everything practical I've learned about parenting but it all made so much more sense. Totally recommend it to anyone who is a parent, will be a parent, or who had parents, or just anyone that had a childhood. Loved reading this book! I'm excited for it to officially come out so I can reread it and keep it as a reference. For me, this really undid everything practical I've learned about parenting but it all made so much more sense. Totally recommend it to anyone who is a parent, will be a parent, or who had parents, or just anyone that had a childhood.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brittneyq

    Awesome book and great reference for everyone! I wish I had all this information when I was teaching school. Everything shared just makes sense and feels right. A must read for all parents, teachers, or anyone who knows any people. Can't wait until its officially released on 10-23-12! Awesome book and great reference for everyone! I wish I had all this information when I was teaching school. Everything shared just makes sense and feels right. A must read for all parents, teachers, or anyone who knows any people. Can't wait until its officially released on 10-23-12!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Collier

    This book was recommended to me by another home schooling parent, and she gave it such praise, I decided to check it out. I was excited when it showed up and eagerly dived it. I sat there saying, "This is so much me!" (or my husband, or one of my kids.) However, as I continued on, I found the personality construction to be...mixed. What do I mean by that? I have 5 kids and a husband, and in that array of people, there are different personality types to draw from. Every personality in this book en This book was recommended to me by another home schooling parent, and she gave it such praise, I decided to check it out. I was excited when it showed up and eagerly dived it. I sat there saying, "This is so much me!" (or my husband, or one of my kids.) However, as I continued on, I found the personality construction to be...mixed. What do I mean by that? I have 5 kids and a husband, and in that array of people, there are different personality types to draw from. Every personality in this book encompassed part of every single one of my children. And myself. And my husband. I'd say, "Ooh! She's a type one. Oh wait, no, she's a type three. Uh, with aspects of a type four? But the type two is such a predominant part of her personality." Yes, that was the mental conversation about a single child. When it comes down to it, I went in hoping to find definitions and approaches to parenting that would help with my kids. It presented some new ideas that have been helpful, but it wasn't a solid, THIS IS IT parenting guide. Nothing is. However, I feel the Five Love Languages and your common color personality guide more accurate to life. (Red, White, Yellow, Blue.) Still, this book gave some great ideas for motivating some children. It wasn't a waste of time.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    Many parenting books focus on specific methods to apply to all children, regardless of their individual personalities. This one-size-fits-all approach may work well for some children but not for others. Rather than becoming frustrated, what if we tailored our parenting to their true natures (which Carol refers to as "types")? For example, the words and approach we use for a "soft, sensitive child, or type 2" would be different for a "determined child, or type 3". As a parent of both types of chi Many parenting books focus on specific methods to apply to all children, regardless of their individual personalities. This one-size-fits-all approach may work well for some children but not for others. Rather than becoming frustrated, what if we tailored our parenting to their true natures (which Carol refers to as "types")? For example, the words and approach we use for a "soft, sensitive child, or type 2" would be different for a "determined child, or type 3". As a parent of both types of children, I can affirm that my type 3 child does not mind lots of noise and busy-ness so long as she is pushing towards an expected result; my type 2 child, on the other hand, needs time to assimilate to a new situation or people and does best when her need for comfort is honored. In the book, Carol explains all four types of children (please keep in mind that everyone has a mixture of types, but we all have a "dominant" way of expressing ourselves), details concerns each child may have, and provides a lot of insight on how we can best help our children become their best selves. Whether you're a parent, teacher, care provider or otherwise work with children, this book is a must!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    I have NEVER had a book so clearly and thoroughly help me understand EACH of my children, individually. Not to mention get positive results QUICKLY, like within a day of applying the tools the author, Carol Tuttle, offers in this book! I have always heard that "every child is so different" but when I go to look for a parenting book when problems come up...I have only ever found "one-size-fits-all" solutions...which usually end up NOT being solutions...because, well, every child is different! If a I have NEVER had a book so clearly and thoroughly help me understand EACH of my children, individually. Not to mention get positive results QUICKLY, like within a day of applying the tools the author, Carol Tuttle, offers in this book! I have always heard that "every child is so different" but when I go to look for a parenting book when problems come up...I have only ever found "one-size-fits-all" solutions...which usually end up NOT being solutions...because, well, every child is different! If a certain solution has worked for one of my children I now know it worked because that solution naturally honored and supported my child. No matter the age of your child (even adult children!), the personality of your child or the challenges you are facing I am confident that this book will be an incredibly healing tool for all parents. In fact, this book will help ANY person who interacts with children regularly, including teachers, day care providers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I did not find this book worth the time. It was WAY too repetitive and could have been summed up in just a few chapters. I also have a hard time with Tuttle making claims with no field study or peer reviews. All of her examples seem to be from friends and family. I just didn't buy into her "profiling" with face shapes. I also found it funny that she didn't want to create labels, so instead they were just "labeled" Type 1, 2, 3, and 4. I don't know - call me a "Type 4", but I just don't think it' I did not find this book worth the time. It was WAY too repetitive and could have been summed up in just a few chapters. I also have a hard time with Tuttle making claims with no field study or peer reviews. All of her examples seem to be from friends and family. I just didn't buy into her "profiling" with face shapes. I also found it funny that she didn't want to create labels, so instead they were just "labeled" Type 1, 2, 3, and 4. I don't know - call me a "Type 4", but I just don't think it's good parenting to allow your kids to do whatever they want to do because it's "honoring their energy". There are many situations throughout life where we have to be considerate of others and put ourselves aside. This book promotes a "me" attitude, which I don't agree with. There were some good points, but not enough to warrant the time this book takes to read. Sorry, but I gotta' honor my true nature and tell it how it is. :)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Iguana Jambajuice

    I was gonna give it 2 stars for the little common sense she used, but she really lost me at the end when she said to give your child's school teacher a copy of this book... Wow! The audacity of this woman! Big waste of time! It should change its title into "How to raise a bratty kid"... So sad that it's so successful. I can't understand how people can like this book. Lots of nonsense blah, blah, blah. Also, she should be sued for using big names such as Michael Phelps and other famous people wit I was gonna give it 2 stars for the little common sense she used, but she really lost me at the end when she said to give your child's school teacher a copy of this book... Wow! The audacity of this woman! Big waste of time! It should change its title into "How to raise a bratty kid"... So sad that it's so successful. I can't understand how people can like this book. Lots of nonsense blah, blah, blah. Also, she should be sued for using big names such as Michael Phelps and other famous people without their approval! Her profiling is a huge non-sense! And using facial features? Give me a break! That's racial profiling. Period. As for her perfect family, of course her kids are successful. They work for mommy's company! Duh!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dylan

    Really pretty unbearable for me, so i didn’t read more than bits and pieces of it. This woman is not a scientist and hasn’t done any “research” that I would consider valid. It seriously just felt like she was making crap up. For example: I cannot possibly disagree more with the idea that physical characteristics determine the nature of a child, and where did she get the idea that it does...?! I am giving her two stars for at least saying some things I agreed with. And it can’t be ALL bad because Really pretty unbearable for me, so i didn’t read more than bits and pieces of it. This woman is not a scientist and hasn’t done any “research” that I would consider valid. It seriously just felt like she was making crap up. For example: I cannot possibly disagree more with the idea that physical characteristics determine the nature of a child, and where did she get the idea that it does...?! I am giving her two stars for at least saying some things I agreed with. And it can’t be ALL bad because so many of my friends like it. But it’s pretty bad.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I am loving this book and highly recommend it! I am learning a lot about myself along the way. It's never too late to be a better mother is one of the themes throughout the book so although my children are all grown and gone I find this information very useful in every aspect of my life and in all my relationships. I am loving this book and highly recommend it! I am learning a lot about myself along the way. It's never too late to be a better mother is one of the themes throughout the book so although my children are all grown and gone I find this information very useful in every aspect of my life and in all my relationships.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Excellent take on the nature of children and nurturing them true to that nature, empowering them to become their best selves while fostering healthy and happy relationships.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Bonet

    Disclaimer: I am quoted on the back of the book. But that’s because I’ve followed Carol Tuttle for years and years and feel like she has changed my life and my parenting more than any other “expert” out there. Don’t be misled by the title! Carol Tuttle makes us ALL child whisperers with her new book, “The Child Whisperer.” This is a hard book to explain, but I’m going to give it a try. I have read a ton of parenting books as a mom, a psychologist, and as someone who runs a prenatal yoga company w Disclaimer: I am quoted on the back of the book. But that’s because I’ve followed Carol Tuttle for years and years and feel like she has changed my life and my parenting more than any other “expert” out there. Don’t be misled by the title! Carol Tuttle makes us ALL child whisperers with her new book, “The Child Whisperer.” This is a hard book to explain, but I’m going to give it a try. I have read a ton of parenting books as a mom, a psychologist, and as someone who runs a prenatal yoga company who has taught thousands of women for over 10 years. I can say without a doubt that this is the best parenting book on the market. And the best one I’ve read in the last 10 years. Her four types of children may sound a little “out there” at first. But as you read the book, you’ll see that The Child Whisperer takes understanding children to a much deeper level than most books. It offers way more than “techniques” and goes right to the heart of understanding your children in order to help them grow and change and want to give you their best as children. Carol Tuttle speaks directly to parents in the book to encourage them to create connection and love with their children. This is a book about truly positive and gentle discipline that supports children’s growth. It’s also a book that spans the age range from birth to adulthood. It’s not just for babies and little children, but definitely also for pre-teens, teenagers, and even adult children. It’s packed full of concrete suggestions and techniques for you to use broken down by age range but also talks enough about the theory behind those techniques that you understand what and why you’re doing what you’re doing. The book goes further though in speaking about how to understand yourself as a parent. Never have I read a parenting book that speaks to that level of parenting, that even acknowledges that we all have our own ways to parent and our own healing process to go through as we grow and change to become the best parents we can be. Even with accomplishing all of that in ONE book, it’s an easy book to read. The writing style is friendly and instructive and the layout of the book is easy to follow. This is a book you will reference over and over again. You’ll end up buying several copies to give away to friends, possibly your own parents to help them understand who you are. Just a warning – Carol Tuttle is not a fan of time-out but not only does she explain why in the book but she also gives alternatives that work. If you have ever said, “jeez, time-out doesn’t work with my child!”(or doesn’t feel good or right to do), you will finally understand why after reading this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tryn

    Is your child a fun-loving child, a sensitive child, a determined child, or a more serious child? The premise of this book is that understanding your child’s nature will empower you to parent him more effectively and thereby avoid the need for excessive discipline. When you know what makes your child tick you can play into her strengths and work around her weaknesses. This book is unique as a profiling system in that it deals with energy rather than personality. A child comes to this earth expre Is your child a fun-loving child, a sensitive child, a determined child, or a more serious child? The premise of this book is that understanding your child’s nature will empower you to parent him more effectively and thereby avoid the need for excessive discipline. When you know what makes your child tick you can play into her strengths and work around her weaknesses. This book is unique as a profiling system in that it deals with energy rather than personality. A child comes to this earth expressing an energy—you can see it in their faces, in their movements, and in their interactions. I do not like to put a child in a box with a label, but I do like understanding him better, and this book is quite helpful in that regard. We all know that what works with one child might not work with another. This books tells why. Two of my children are easy to identify in the book; the other two are trickier to pinpoint, but I see bits and pieces of them in different chapters and gained insight into their motivations and perceptions. The book also helped me think about myself as a child and how my own energy influences my parenting style. What I like most about this book is Carol Tuttle’s affirming voice. I just finished reading two other parenting books that were more dogmatic, as if there were only one right way to bring up children. I gleaned important ideas from these books, but the overall attitude did not sit well with me, so The Child Whisperer was refreshing. I’ve come to the point in my reading and mothering where I will only read parenting books written by moms. I do not care to hear from people with degrees or clinical experience. I want advice from the homefront. And Carol Tuttle delivers. She has raised five children and has several grandchildren. When I read her book, I feel like I am sitting down with a woman of understanding and insight who is willing to share her hard-won wisdom with me. There is a sense of allowing, appreciating, and honoring in her words. A sense of openness. Each child is different. Each parent is different. And working with those differences can be a delight. I do wish the book had a different title. My seventeen-year-old son saw the title and said, “We’re not dogs, Moms!”

  30. 4 out of 5

    LeeAnn

    I really enjoyed this book and got some excellent parenting ideas from it. It steps you through finding your child's energy type. I think the physical characteristics are possibly the hardest part to figure out, but as I thought through my children when they were younger, it became easier to type them. You have to remember that every person expresses all 4 energy types so you can figure out their dominant energy. More to the point, Tuttle helps you realize new and different ways to support your I really enjoyed this book and got some excellent parenting ideas from it. It steps you through finding your child's energy type. I think the physical characteristics are possibly the hardest part to figure out, but as I thought through my children when they were younger, it became easier to type them. You have to remember that every person expresses all 4 energy types so you can figure out their dominant energy. More to the point, Tuttle helps you realize new and different ways to support your children as individuals. I say new and different, but really she teaches good parenting from a different perspective. I will read this book again. FYI:. After reading this, I ultimately purchased her online course. Not necessary, but I was looking for some additional help in helping my daughter select some new clothes. I borrowed the book from the library but will have to buy further books since my library doesn't carry any others.

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