For Parents

The Manipulative Child: How to Regain Control and Raise Resilient, Resourceful, and Independent Kids, by E.W Swihart Jr. and Patrick Cotter (New York: Bantam Books, 1998). If your kid is ruling your household, this is the book for you. A pediatrician and a child psychologist offer effective tools from their clinically proven program for blocking manipulative behavior and getting kids back on track.

In Sheep's Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People, by George K. Simon Jr. (Little Rock, Ark.:A. J. Christopher, 1996). Simon reveals the common tactics manipulators like to use and tells you how to respond to them.

Stop Negotiating with Your Teen: Strategies for ParentingYour Angry, Manipulative, Moody, or Depressed Adolescent, by Janet Sasson Edgette (New York: Perigee Books, 2002).A therapist offers practical strategies for parents who don't know where to turn when dealing with a sullen, withdrawn, or sarcastic and manipulative teen.

" Trust Me, Mom—Everyone Else Is Going!" The New Rules for Mothering Adolescent Girls, by Roni Cohen-Sandler (New York: Penguin Books, 2002). Great sound advice when your adolescent (or preadolescent) wants to put a manipulative guilt trip on you.

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