• The Explosive Child

  • A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
  • By: Dr. Ross W. Greene
  • Narrated by: Dr. Ross W. Greene
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-30-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: CPS Initiative, Inc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (937 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.
©2011 Dr. Ross Greene (P)2011 Dr. Ross Greene
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By mirit on 07-03-15

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Cory on 02-26-15

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 07-05-17

Gods gift! The relief it provides is astounding

For me, this was a rollercoaster of emotions because I have a child who the audio describes to a T and I'm also the parent with the typical replies as described, the feeling of guilt I felt to the relief to find a very functional plan which could help my family a LOT was overwhelming but I cannot wait to put my plan (or 3) into action!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Earthma on 06-24-15

A must for parents and schools

Inspirational, positive and sympathetic. Realistic and attainable advice by a well known tried and trusted expert. I love this book.

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By Emma on 02-19-15

Life saving content!

This book helped me put into words the problems we have with our son and is helping us manage day by day...

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-19-18

Great for children but not so great for toddlers

It all seems great but aimed towards children. We have an 18 month old that we wanted help with and it seems that we will need to wait until he is older to implement the strategies or ‘plans’.

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