Dr. Michael Popkin Authors New E-book Offering Parents Strategies to Keep “Spirited” Children From Participating in Harmful Behavior

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The lessons in this book can help tame—but not break—your child and bring out the positive aspects of their spiritedness.

“The Smoke-Free Spirited Child… Tips and Insights For Keeping Your Spirited Child Healthy, Happy and Tobacco Free” is a new eBook by child-rearing expert and longtime spokesman for Lorillard’s Youth Smoking Prevention Program, Dr. Michael H. Popkin. The book, the third in the Keeping Kids Smoke-Free series, is available as a free download through the youth smoking prevention website RealParentsRealAnswers.com.

According to Popkin, some kids seem to know how to push their parents’ buttons in ways never dreamed possible. Referred to as “spirited children,” they are often described as intense, hypersensitive, persistent, distracted, and unwilling to accept change. The parents of spirited children usually err on the side of being either too strict or too permissive. Yet finding the right balance of enlightened parental leadership that is both firm and respectful is essential, especially as these spirited children move into becoming spirited teens.

“A wild and spirited child is more prone to partake in harmful and dangerous activities, such as smoking,” notes Popkin. “The lessons in this book can help tame—but not break—your child and bring out the positive aspects of their spiritedness.”

Topics covered in “The Smoke-Free Spirited Child” eBook include:

•Relationship Building
•Character Development
•Building Structure
•Handling Power Struggles
•Ideas For Establishing Routines
•Problem Solving
•Problem Prevention Tips

“Courage and Self-Esteem,” the first book in the Keeping Kids Smoke-Free series, was released in March of 2013. The second book, “Responsibility & Discipline… and Their Role In Keeping Kids Smoke Free,” was released in July 2013. All three books in the series are available at http://www.realparentsrealanswers.com/resources/e-books/.

About the Author

The founder of Active Parenting Publishers, Dr. Michael H. Popkin is the author of many award-winning, video-based parenting education programs. An expert in the field of parenting education, Popkin earned a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University and has served as Director of Child and Family Services at an Atlanta hospital. He and his family currently live in Atlanta. For more information about Dr. Popkin, as well as a complete listing of his books and videos, advice from Dr. Popkin, a Parents’ Discussion Forum, and a list of parenting workshops in your area, visit http://www.activeparenting.com.


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