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Relationship With Your Child

Proven Techniques to Strengthen Your 

What's the worst you've ever faced as a parent? An all-out tantrum at the mall? A son who won't take out his earbuds to listen to you? A daughter who's failing at school and won't do her homework? A teen who constantly breaks curfew? A call from the police? Whatever you're dealing with, Raising the Challenging Child will help. 


Building on their work at Chaddock, a nonprofit organization that has worked with some of the most challenging kids in the nation for more than 150 years, the authors empower frustrated parents with practical tips and real-life examples on how to:

  • minimize behavioral meltdowns

  • reduce conflict

  • increase cooperation

  • promote healthy attachment

  • improve family relationships

The strategies they share work both for the child who is going through a difficult phase brought on by life disruption or trauma and for the child who faces chronic struggles. Parents, teachers, and those who work with children and youth will find positive, practical steps they can start taking today in order to understand and address the baffling behavior of the child under their care.

Debbie Reed

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As President and CEO of Chaddock, Debbie Reed trains, consults, and coaches with organizations on topics related to non-profit leadership, strategy, and board impact. Reed has served in leadership roles with the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services, the Alliance for Strong Families & Communities, and the United Methodist Association of Health & Welfare Ministries. Reed also maintains "Reed About Leadership," a weekly blog where she discusses topics and issues in leadership

Karen Doyle Buckwalter


Karen is Chaddock's Director of Clinical Practice, a licensed clinical social worker, and a Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor. She also completed a two year post-master's training program in Marriage and Family therapy at Menninger Clinic. She has worked with children and families for over 30 years. Buckwalter hosts the weekly podcast Attachment Theory in Action.

Wendy Lyons

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Wendy is an award-winning writer and co-author of The Connected Child. She's an editorial consultant for leading nonprofits, and has written for Health, AARP Magazine, Scientific American, and The New York Times

About the Authors

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Bonus Resources



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One chapter at a time, co-author Karen Doyle Buckwalter, LCSW, RPT-S is sharing a glimpse into the lessons from Raising the Challenging Child. Tune in as she shares real-life examples, evidence-based strategies and practical tips that parents and caregivers can use today.


“I strongly recommend this book. The authors present a clear and lively guide to parenting based on their many years’ experience working with challenging children, along with their extensive understanding of the latest research and thinking in the field of developmental psychology and therapeutic treatment. This book will be welcomed by all parents who struggle to connect with, support, and guide their children through the challenging moments and who hope to create a warm and understanding relationship with their children.”

—  Phyllis Booth, MA, LMFT, LCPC, RPT-S

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