Parenting the Difficult Child

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Author: Linda Rice


A Biblical Perspective on Reactive Attachment Disorder

Is your child defiant, often angry, frequently lying, inordinately affectionate to strangers, lacking in remorse, and seemingly unable to trust anyone?

Behaviors and attitudes like these can lead to a diagnosis of Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). Adopted children are especially prone to receive this diagnosis. Their behaviors challenge the whole family.

Using many specific examples, this book explains how parents can apply the clear, practical solutions of Scripture to correct the habituated heart motivations, thoughts, and actions of an alienated, angry child. It offers encouragement and guidance for parents and siblings who themselves struggle with difficult or sinful emotions.

This book brings hope to parents and siblings of children who are caught in difficult behaviors.

  • Biblical answers to parenting a child labeled RAD
  • A biblical understanding of your child’s behaviors
  • What the Bible says about an inability to trust and lack of a conscience
  • How you can help the siblings of your child labeled RAD
  • How to structure your home
  • What your child needs to know
  • How to handle manipulation
  • Some principles to guide your evaluation of attachment therapies
  • How attachment theory contrasts with biblical thinking
  • And much more

About the author:

Married since 1980, Linda Rice and her husband have three grown children. They have lived in Virginia, Missouri, Malaysia, Nevada, and Illinois. With an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California, Linda has been a biblical counselor at Gateway Biblical Counseling and Training Center, Fairview Heights, Illinois, since 2007.