Read Quiet Kids: Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World by Christine Fonseca Online


Being an introverted child is difficult, especially in an ever-increasingly noisy world. Often viewed as aloof, unmotivated or conceited, introverted children are deeply misunderstood by parents, educators and even their peers. That’s where "Quiet Kids: Helping Your Introverted Child Thrive in an Extroverted World" comes in. Designed to provide parents with a blueprint forBeing an introverted child is difficult, especially in an ever-increasingly noisy world. Often viewed as aloof, unmotivated or conceited, introverted children are deeply misunderstood by parents, educators and even their peers. That’s where "Quiet Kids: Helping Your Introverted Child Thrive in an Extroverted World" comes in. Designed to provide parents with a blueprint for not only understanding the nature of introversion, Quiet Kids provides specific strategies to teach their children how to thrive in a world that may not understand them. Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses real-world examples and stories from introverts and parents to show parents and educators how to help children develop resiliency and enhance the positive qualities of being an introvert. With specific strategies to address academic performance, bullying, and resiliency, Quiet Kids is a must read for anyone wishing to enhance the lives of introverted children....

Title : Quiet Kids: Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9781618210821
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 217 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

Quiet Kids: Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World Reviews

  • Lauren
    2019-04-23 18:58

    Admittedly I did not read every word in this book and mostly just skimmed it for information for a presentation that I'm doing, but I found it very helpful. The author covers a lot of topics concerning introverted children and their educational and social needs. The chapters are very reader-friendly and break information down into sections and charts, which made it easier to find the information I was looking for. It's a good resource for both parents and educators who wish to learn more about meeting the needs of introverted children.

  • Christine Fonseca
    2019-05-10 20:02

    I am so excited to bring this book to all of you. It is packed with information and research that helps parents understand and support the introverts in their lives. Conducting the research and writing this book even gave me additional insight to my introverted daughter, introverted spouse and myself. I am so thankful for the opportunity to both write the book and give it to all of you!

  • Ann Eisenstein
    2019-04-25 20:12

    It’s easy to ignore the kid in the back of the room, the car, the corner who is seemingly content to play by themselves, read alone, watch television in solitary. They never scream out for help. They do not often cause any scene. They are content with isolation, preferring solitary endeavor.The character of the introvert is complicated. In general, the introvert is more concerned with the inner workings of the mind. They are introspective and contemplative. They are content being by themselves. They often are recharged being alone. In reality, a true introvert may be energy-drained surrounded by people.It really should not come as a surprise that over 60% of the gifted population is comprised of introverts. This presents a challenge not only to parents and family members of the introverted, but to the teachers of these students as well.As a school psychologist, Fonseca gives tremendous perspective into the character of the introverted child and valuable insight into the strengths and weaknesses of which we all need to be aware. She contributes a wealth of knowledge, ideas, and suggestions to use in helping the introverted child succeed academically, behaviorally, and socially.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-15 23:58

    If I could give Quiet Kids a star for each dog eared or annotated page in my now worn, smudged, thumbed, bent copy, I would owe it dozens of stars. This book is approachable, practical, helpful, and so insightful. I began it with my introverted (though hardly "quiet") five-year-old son in mind, but ended up learning just as much about my(introverted)self. The book is divided into just-the-right-size chapters, and subdivided into sections: the main content, class notes that are aimed towards classroom teachers, a q&a based on Fonseca's professional interactions with parents in focus groups and workshops, and a nutshell summary reviewing major points and itemizing the many tip sheets, questionnaires, worksheets, and figures placed strategically throughout each chapter. I really appreciated this organizational structure- it made reading the book enjoyable and kept me from getting overwhelmed. Fonseca covers so much here, including things I never would have thought about being significant for an introvert. It drives me crazy to come home after a busy day at work and have my kids pitch questions and demands at me a mile a minute. I thought I was grumpy. Turns out, introverts need downtime to process and renew- I'm just being an introvert (ok, perhaps a grumpy introvert). Now I know to give my son the same space I need to keep from becoming overwhelmed. Other lightbulb ideas from Quiet Kids: introverts need structure and predictability; introverted kids do much better with positive discipline; just because your introverted child doesn't respond to you doesn't mean he's not listening and taking in what you're saying. He might just need a little time to gather his thoughts. As an introvert who has never actually read about introversion, all of Fonseca's insights are new to me but also make so much sense, mesh so thoroughly with my own experiences, just in ways I never realized or had articulated before. Now I can put this all together and be a bit more compassionate with my son, and even myself, and get cracking in making my household more introvert friendly. Fonseca even addresses mixed temperament households, giving me some tips on what to do about my most certainly NON-introverted daughters, how to make things work a bit better for all of us.Introverts and parents of introverts really need to read this book. Others will gain insight as well. I give it... 46 stars!I was most fortunate to receive a complimentary review copy of this book through GoodReads FirstReads.

  • Aria
    2019-05-04 00:18

    First couples of chapters are good. From psychology and bio perspective, Extroverts and Introverts are hardwired differently. Each has their own strenghs. Extroversion and Introversion are different temperaments. They don't change with time. Only the learned patterns of response change. Do not confuse introverts with shyness. Shyness can be changed through practice and experiences. They are part of personalities which can be changed.The biggest difference between extroverts and introverts are their energy source. Extroverts recharge their energy by connecting to people, surrounded by people. Introverts are the opposite. They get tired by noisy environment. They recharge themselves by spending some quiet time, alone time, down time after a busy day, during a party, etc. Otherwise, their behaviors will change (emotional meltdown). Introverts strength lies in: deep thinking, good listeners, think thoroughly before talk, works well independently, creative, builds deep connections and relationship. But they also have problems like: preference to keep to themselves, not comfortable to express feelings, long fuse for emotional burst (harder to detect at early stage).Introverts like expected routines (boundaries, disciplines), mastery over their world / autonomy (give them their own space), alone down time to recharge (avoid busy non-stop schedules).Introverts typically have difficulty in work which requires quick action, or when they need to ask for help / confrontation. As parent, we need to create family foundations, build trust, teach them to regulate their moods. We also need to teach them how to let go, how to calm down (deep breath, leave the scene, look for space allowing reflection time, etc.), problem solving skills and social competency skills (initiating a talk, etc.). Regular family meetings that encourage them to speak might help. We also need to help kids to know their own strengths, realize people are different. We also need to advocate / work with schools to recognize introverts kids need (balanced environment, teaching style, activities that involve innovation, etc.). This book is more geared towards parents with kids 8 yrs and up. Addressed several issues for older kids and teens. Still helpful for parents with younger kids. Knowing extroverts and introverts temperament, it's helpful when addressing specific situations.

  • Victoria W.
    2019-05-07 01:14

    I received my copy as a Goodreads First Read.Oh my goodness. Reading Fonesca's Quiet Kids was a surreal experience as I saw my own childhood and academic experiences laid out before my eyes.First, a side note. When I first was contacted regarding my copy I was intrigued by the concept of reading something positive about introversion, a rarity in my experience. Then, the book didn't arrive. I was disappointed but, in apparently true introverted fashion, didn't want to make waves so I sadly chalked it up as a loss and tried to forget about it. Imagine, my surprise when I was contacted again and told there had been some issues with shipping and was I still interested! This book was certainly worth the wait.Fonesca's book is cleanly laid out with clear summaries and textually inserts that make referencing and quick location of topics easy for readers. A definite plus if you need to find your information in a timely manner, which I've found is a bonus when working with children, adolescents, or their parents.The material itself is thorough - ranging from biology to theory, to practical outworking in and out of the home. Don't let the title fool you either, although the material is focused on children the information can be equally revealing for working and living with any introvert. As a die hard researcher, I also found the further readings and resources at the end useful for further research (and must confess I'm now quite interested in locating another title by the author which was mentioned).While my own child is a little too young to say which way he'll lean on the introverted/extroverted scale, with 2 confirmed introverts in our household already, Fonesca's book is a valuable resource and I'll definitely be recommending it to others.

  • Meredith
    2019-05-08 01:00

    I'm not an introvert and yet I'm the parent of two introverted children. I know and understand that my kids prefer their own company over large groups, but I feel like I'm walking a tightrope between "wanting to be alone" and "loneliness." When do I intervene? When should I leave them alone? Am I making it better? Am I making it worse?Quiet Kids, Help your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World by Christine Fonseca isn't the first book I've read on this topic, but it is one of the better ones. Fonseca is a school psychologist with experience working with the children she writes about. More workbook than book, Quiet Kids has questionnaires, worksheets and tip sheets designed to help their child succeed. This is not a one-size-fits-all solution, but individualized for each child, which I loved because my kids, though both introverts, handle it differently. One can be quite talkative when around people he's comfortable with while the other rarely says a word, even when with family and close friends. The education system, and quite frankly the world at large, is designed to celebrate outgoing individuals while the quiet ones are ignored. With a new school year beginning soon, it's my hope my kids and I will use the strategies in this book to help them find success on their terms.

  • Nereid
    2019-04-24 19:49

    This book is very well written and a great resource tool as well that I am sure I will re-read it over and over again. I am an introvert and so is my young son whose teachers think he is lazy and not interested in school but he is overwhelmed at times. His teacher even mentioned to me that when she is admonishing another student in the class my son seems to take that on board as well and is reluctant to ask for assistance and seems to space out in class as he is extremely shy and reserved.It definitely challenged my way of thinking as I was under the misapprehension of thinking he need to be "more outgoing and have more friends" and putting unnecessary pressure on him to achieve that goal. Thank you so much for giving me the tools to help him be himself and not feel like he has to change to be accepted.The other kids views and personal stories added to the belief that introverts do view the world differently and we all need to do things to recharge our batteries - for me it is quiet time reading a book to unwind after a hard week at work. Even if you are an extrovert this book will give you the understanding to not pre-judge others and to glimpse what it is like to live in the world of an introvert, be it your husband, wife or another family member,

  • Pam Torres
    2019-05-13 03:18

    Today's Gram's pick is a non-fiction book that covers the important topic of understanding and helping an introverted child succeed in our extroverted world. The assumption is: What kid wouldn't want to be on T.V.? The reality not every child comes into the world with a desire to be out front. Does that make them lazy? Does that mean that there isn't a place for them in this world of loud, pushy go-getters?According the Fonseca, introverts have much to offer the world and it's time we recognize those strengths and instead of forcing them to change who they are. To help them find their voice and place in a world where people spend less and less time developing an inner world. What do introverts have to offer as we head into the next century of fast moving, high tech innovation? Fonseca will have you changing your perspective and draw the line between introverts and being shy. There is a difference. I highly recommend this book to educators and parents.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-04 22:02

    As the mother of a somewhat introverted (young) child, I was excited to read this book. I REALLY liked the layout of this book. It's set up more as a work book than a traditional book which made it easier for me to absorb the information and stay interested. I am a very extroverted person so starting from the very beginning like this book does was incredibly helpful. It explained a lot about how my child(and my introverted husband!)look at things differently than I do. I never realized just how different introverts and extroverts look at life. There are a lot good practical suggestions that are easy to apply to your family. This will be a book I return to as time goes on and my children get older. I would definitely recommend this book to any parent who wants to help their child succeed in the world!

  • Michelle McLean
    2019-05-18 01:10

    I have a son who is an introvert and this book has answered just about every question I've ever had about him, what makes him tick, and how I can help him and interact with him. Being an introvert myself, this book also surprisingly helped me out personally as well. I found myself constantly thinking, "that's me! That's my son!" as I was reading. My main concerns with my son involve his performance at school and this book is full of wonderful suggestions on how I, as his parent, and his teachers can help him achieve success in school.If you have an introverted child, know one, or are an introvert yourself, you definitely need to read this book!

  • Trudy Ludwig
    2019-05-12 22:11

    A wonderful, easy-to-read resource for parents and educators, QUIET KIDS gives insight into the mind, heart, and emotions of the introverted child. Written by educational psychologist Christine Fonseca, this book shares the neurological science behind introverted and extroverted temperaments, the strengths and challenges that come with each temperament, and offers personal stories, practical advice, tips, and strategies to help introverted children embrace and nurture their quiet natures and thrive in today's extroverted world. Love it!

  • Alana
    2019-05-13 20:52

    It has taken me awhile to read this book, but I'm so glad I did! Lots of tips and pointers for parents and educators, as well as people in General!I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in temperament. Looking into checking out some more of Fonseca's books!************************************************Received today, Feb 6, as the one I won in October did not arrive. Thanks for sending another copy. Looking forward to the read.

  • Exavidreader
    2019-05-03 23:14

    Interesting insight on the way introverts are 'wired' and how they can cope with a world that sometimes don't understand them. Every chapter has useful tips that are useful for practice in everyday life although there are some instances where more elaboration and examples, especially from real-life anecdotes, would have been better. What I like about the book is that it is easy to read, not the kind that can get too scientific or abstract.

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-17 22:10

    Really informative, easy format to read, good info for parenting. As a bonus I have a better understanding of why my actions, reactions, and how my over all person is tied to being introverted. Wish I had read this last really could have helped in student-teacher relations for my son.

  • Paula Gilarde
    2019-05-09 00:52

    If you have a child who is an introvert, or if you are an educator or coach, you should read this book. Full of practical advice.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-21 18:59

    I checked out this book because I realized the day before the my introverted son was struggling at his new, very large school. I had already brainstormed some ideas to help him based on my own experiences as an introvert. This book didn't really say anything I didn't already know. She spent a few chapters explaining introversion and the misconceptions about it. She discussed introverts at home and school with sections for both parents and teachers. It wasn't bad, but I found myself skimming large sections.

  • Karen
    2019-04-29 19:15

    Purchased for our parenting collection. I found the book to be a little confusing. The author skips information from parenting to school teachers. I think some parents might just put this book back. The subject is worthy but the delivery is less than useful.

  • Christina
    2019-05-01 23:02

    Meh. None of the suggestions in this book felt actionable or novel - yes I should talk to my introvert about how to find space when she's overwhelmed but that's not enough instruction to be helpful. The quizzes before some chapters felt really condescending, too.

  • Victoria
    2019-05-12 20:55

    Read for August's Parenting by the Book