Raising the Challenging Child: How to Minimize Meltdowns, Reduce Conflict, and Increase Cooperation shares tried-and-true parenting wisdom from the leaders of Chaddock, a human services agency based in Quincy, Illinois.

Co-authored with Karen Doyle Buckwalter, Director of Program Strategy and podcaster of Attachment Theory in Action, and CEO Debbie Reed, this book distills best-in-class, evidence-based techniques honed over decades of running a residential treatment facility and a special needs school for struggling children.

Raising the Challenging Child is getting glowing endorsements in advance of its January 2020 publication.

Reviewers say:

“What a breath of fresh air for parents.  Every idea is presented with just enough conceptual backup to make it feel real, and just enough practical tips to make it useable.”

“In my many years of clinical practice, I was always hesitant to recommend a parenting guide.  Raising the Challenging Child would have been a striking exception. Oh, how I wish it had been available to me, and to the families with whom I worked.”

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The Connected Child (McGraw-Hill)

The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive child, co-authored with the late Karyn Purvis, PhD, and David Cross, PhD, captures the essence of Trust-Based Relational Intervention(R). The Connected Child is available in multiple languages and on

This best-seller was named Outstanding Book of the Year by the American Society of Journalists & Authors and has sold over 225,000 copies. It is recommended reading at child protective agencies, adoption agencies, and schools around the country.

Reviewers say:

“An extremely useful parenting handbook… truly outstanding … strongly recommended.”
–Library Journal (starred review)”

“A tremendous resource for parents and professionals alike.”
–Thomas Atwood, president and CEO, National Council for Adoption

“The Connected Child provides the parents of adopted at risk children easy to follow practical advice on how to handle behavior problems in a calm, gentle, effective manner.”
–Temple Grandin, Author, The Way I See It, The Autistic Brain

Readers say:

This book is pure GOLD!

Excellent book- a must read!

5-Stars for a reason
This book could possibly be a game changer for your family, even if you’ve never adopted! You and your bio children will definitely benefit from these “methods.” And really, they’re not “methods” so much as a change of mind and attitude, with plenty of practical how-to advice. The book itself is written in a way that you feel like you’re sharing a conversation with a trusted, wise friend. It’s easy to read, and you’ll probably want to re-read, take notes, and highlight for reference. Even if you find yourself at the end of your rope, short fuse, already tried every other parenting style, this is for you, and this can bring peace and calm to your home, your heart, and your parenting style, which quickly in turn will bring more peace with your child, and all relationships. Yes, it’s that good.