Resources for Raising a Challenging Child

I’m so excited to share my new Raising a Tough Nut talk with Rancho Bernardo MomsNext today! Here is the resource list – a compilation of books and websites I’ve found helpful in raising my own little tough nuts. Please forward this to any families you know who are raising kids or teens with challenging behaviors. Let’s get a little more hope and help out there!

Also, today, I’m writing for 5 Minutes for Special Needs. Come over and read “The Voice That says, ‘You’re Doing it Wrong!'”.

Resources List


Chapman, Gary, M.D and Ross Campbell, M.D. The Five Love Languages of Children. Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell, 1997.

Cline, Foster, M.D. and Jim Fay. Parenting With Love and Logic. Pinon Press, 1990.

Faber, Adele and Elaine Mazlish. Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too. Harper-Collins, 1998.

Gallup Youth Development Specialists. Strengths Explorer. Gallup Organization, 2007.

Kurcinka, Mary Sheedy. Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic. Harper Collins, 1991.

MacKenzie, Robert. Setting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Child : Eliminating Conflict by Establishing Clear, Firm, and Respectful Boundaries. Prima Publishing, 2001.

McCourt, Lisa and Cyd Moore. I Love You Stinky Face. Scholastic, 1997.


Child Care Aware – recognizing developmental delays and when to get professional help.

The Post Institute – Family-Centered Approach for Helping Families with Challenging Kids.

Mary Sheedy Kurcinka’s website – Spirited Child information and workshops

Karyn Purvis’s website, Institute of Child Development – for families of troubled kids or kids with tough behaviors, especially due to trauma.

Laurie’s Resources:

Living Power Life Coaching community – daily tips, articles and quotes on thriving through challenges.

YouTube channel –  – short videos with strategies to deal with specific challenging behaviors in kids and ideas to overcome life obstacles.

On Twitter – where I post and retweet great parenting and life coaching content, and have a great group of followers who love to interact.

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  1. says

    Hi Laurie,

    I am visiting you because I saw your comment on another blog and the Lord led me to click on your name. How very thankful that I did.

    Thank you for what you do. I have a dear friend whose son is 16 years old and has been diagnosed with mental illness. He refuses to take his medicine on a consistent basis and is on a terrible decline. He has been arrested (petty theft) and in trouble at school. He is involved with drugs at some level…selling maybe even doing them. It is so sad, and they just don't know what to do. They have two other kids…younger than this young man.

    Do you have any resources I can recommend for her? They are seeing a counselor, but I am not sure how much good it is doing.

    Please feel free to leave a comment on my blog or e-mail me at



    Thank you!