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Book Review: 10 Days to a Less Distracted Child

May 3, 2010


This is a great book for parents with a distracted kid whose behavior is driving you crazy. It helped me connect a  lot of dots in my kid’s behavior. I knew that I have a smart but distractible kid but did not link a lot of other behavioral traits with her being distracted ..things like how she sometimes seems to have short term memory loss or how she is very social but still has trouble making and keeping friends.
Though the book is meant to be read as a 10-day program I would recommend reading the whole thing first. For me the 10-day approach did not work and the book made an impact only after I got to some of the later chapters. I cannot speak for the effectiveness of chapters like “Day 5 – Heading off homework wars” as mine is still a kindergartener and I have not faced these situations but the others seem to be working. None of the steps provided are new or radical but they do provide parents with ideas to work with your kids. The book also makes you look at things from the child’s point of view.
I think  I will get my own copy for reference for the times I will lose this state of mind and get back to the over-reacting parent-struggling-to-make-sense-of-her-distracted-kid phase.

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