Mary's Books

Raising the Spirited Child by Dr. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka - Fully Updated Edition

"New, fully updated! After 25 years helping families just like yours, I am able to give you the most empowering tools ever." 
-Dr. Mary

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Raising the Spirited Child Workbook by Dr. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka - Fully Updated Edition

"Due to your book alone, we were able to eliminate 90% of the length of time of temper tantrums, and we are very close to preventing the tantrums completely." -Ann

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Kids, Parents and Power Struggles by Dr. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

"I have given copies of your book to any parent that confides in me that they are at their wit's end. I tell them, 'it will change your life,' because that's what it did for me and my family." -Jennifer

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Sleepless In America by Dr. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

"My eight-year-old is sleeping probably the best he ever has in his life."  -Cindy

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Mary Sheedy Kurcinka - Parent Child Help

Welcome, I'm Mary, a mom, author, consultant and licensed parent educator. I am your guide and a fellow parent of Spirited Children. I have been blessed to reach families across the country and the world though my books, workshops and private behavior and sleep consultations.

I am so pleased to announce the publication of my new, totally revised edition of "Raising Your Spirited Child". Earlier additions of this book have helped over one million parents and now this edition contains even more helpful information. After 25 years of working with families just like yours, doing research and learning, I have put the most supportive and empowering information into this new edition. Also check out my other books. They are in twelve languages and available in all bookstores and on

News and Information

What's New
Happily Family

Conference Interview

If you've ever wondered how you could improve your relationship with your child, check out my interview at the Happily Family Conference. We discuss labeling and its impacts on you and your child as well as how to address specific challenges in parenting and connect for a lifetime.


Parenting Tips!

Every week we post parenting tips on either our Facebook page or our blog.  Check out the latest tips on children's sleep, tantrums, power struggles, discipline, child development, temperament, spirited children and keeping your cool when your child is losing theirs.     We're always open for more suggestions, so feel free to send them our way using our Contact page.

Parent Support Group

In addition, Facebook has a group page started by and for the parents of "Spirited Children".  The group is a closed group (but still accepting new members) where parents look for advice and support from other parents.  Feel free to check it out using the link below.


Consultations & Classes
Dr. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka Private Behavioural and Sleep Consultations

Private Behavioral and Sleep Consultations

Mary provides private consultations on both behavior and sleep issues.  A one-hour personal session, via phone or Skype, gives your family an opportunity to discuss the specific issues you are facing.  You will work with Dr. Mary to develop a plan that works for your family. 

"In just one hour on the phone, we were able to gain an entirely new perspective on the issues we were having. You gave us real tools and ideas that we could apply immediately."  -Jason

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Mary Sheedy Kurcinka - Parent Child Help

Classes, Webinars and Workshops

For 25 years Mary has provided parenting workshops and keynotes throughout the world.  She has a large number of offerings and customizes or creates each session so that it meets the specifics needs of her audience.   Dr. Mary’s speaking style brings audiences to life as they laugh and learn the essentials for effective parenting.

“Mary, I am so appreciative of how you customized your information and remarks to our audience.  You brought important information to the group with humor and poise.  The audience was mesmerized and we got excellent feedback.”  -Merri

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Blog Highlights
Dr. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka & Lynn Jesson from Paidea Child Development Center

Parenting Questions for
Dr. Mary & Lynn

4 Strategies to Help You Reduce Stress and Frustration

The demands of being a parent can feel relentless. Frequent meltdowns wear you down, and leave you feeling powerless to stop them, but you are not. Today, Lynn and I offer you four effective strategies to lower stress by preventing some of the meltdowns from occurring in the first place.

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Talking About Race with Our Children, Whatever their Race

We asked you what information you would like addressed in our blogs.  Many of you responded by asking for information on how to discuss race and the protests with your children.  We turned to Beth Hall, colleague and friend who has spent decades working to combat discrimination.  The following is her guest blog. She sent it along with a note - "It's a thousand words long, feel free to cut it." We couldn't. We found her words thought provoking, personal and helpful. We hope you will too. 

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