Power Struggle

Does your child complain about the toe seam in his tube socks? Do you find that noise or bright lights upset her? Do your children’s voices easily irritate you? Does your child get labeled shy?

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Does your child complain about the toe seam in his tube socks? Do you find that noise or bright lights upset her? Do your children’s voices easily irritate you? Does your child get labeled shy? Do you and your child easily get into shouting matches? All these behaviors result at least partly from inborn temperament, and you are about to take a huge sigh of relief when you discover that it’s not your fault!! These characteristics are inherited, and you aren’t responsible for making your child that way. In this chapter we focus on individual differences in temperament, the master blueprint of all people. Once you understand temperament and figure out where your child and you stand on a scale of 0-to-10 for the nine temperament traits you will appreciate better your child’s (and your own) behavior, and your unique strengths and challenges.