Tuesday, October 08, 2019

WHY WILL NO ONE PLAY WITH ME? The Book Every Caregiver Should Read

Thousands of parents have successfully coached their children to make friends, find acceptance and have a happier childhood thanks to parenting coach Caroline Maguire, ACCG, PCC, M.Ed., who pulls together the most popular and powerful tools from her groundbreaking program in WHY WILL NO ONE PLAY WITH ME?: The Play Better Plan to Help Children of All Ages Make Friends and Thrive (Hachette’s Grand Central Publishing; September 24, 2019).

Maguire speaks over 250 times per year to parents, teachers, caregivers and administrators around the country and is available to discuss:

•       How to get your child to open up, move out of his/her comfort zone and develop self-awareness

•       How to have hard conversations about social challenges and not surrender the conversation no matter how difficult the child may be

•       Planning playdates, when to coach from the sidelines and when to intervene

•       How to talk about social exclusion with your children and teach them to include others

Maguire’s tangible, hands-on guide teaches parents how to help their children develop the executive function and social skills they need to thrive.

The Play Better Plan helps kids gain the confidence to make friends and get along with others using tools such as:

•       Social Sleuthing - learning to pay attention to social cues from other
•       Post-Play Date Huddles - helping kids figure out what to look for in a friendship
•       Reflective Listening - improving your child's relationships with their peers
The book is receiving great advanced praise:

Publishers Weekly: “This thoughtful, compassionate primer to helping children overcome social challenges from Maguire, a coach for children with ADHD and their families, puts a full roster of tools, along with some encouragement, into the hands of parents… Maguire’s primer nonetheless breaks down an issue that can seem overwhelming into practical, bite-size chunks, and parents willing to prioritize her solutions should find this guidebook comprehensive and usable.”

Driven to Distraction Bestselling Author Dr. Ned Hallowell: "This book is a game-changer; it is going to transform the lives of so many children (and parents) for the better. Caroline Maguire's passion and knowledge to help parents find real-life, functional solutions to their children's social skills are showcased front and center with this book. Why Will No One Play with Me? is a reader-friendly, practical guide, a beacon of hope and actionable help for a problem parents too often think they'll have to live with for life. Once you read this book, you'll see why you'll never have to hear your child ask that heartbreaking question again.”

Patrick M., Father: “I was leery of the Play Better Plan. I felt overwhelmed and felt sure there would be no way I could do this, much less that it would be something my kid would agree to do. At first he was resistant but we learned how to have fun with it and laugh when we stumbled. Using coaching to talk about hard things with my son made the conversations less antagonistic— and it worked.” 
Caroline Maguire, ACCG, PCC, M.Ed. is a personal coach who works with children with ADHD and the families who support them. Caroline earned her ACCG from the ADD Coach Academy and her PCC from the International Coach Federation (ICF). She also received a Master of Education from Lesley University. Her revolutionary coaching program and methodology helps teach executive function skills to children, teenagers, and young adults. She is a former coach for the Hallowell Center in Sudbury, MA. While with the Hallowell Center, Caroline was the main coach for children and teenagers. Caroline consults with schools and families internationally and has been co-leading social skills groups for over a decade.
The 411:
As a mother I have worried about my son's inability to make friends. I worked in his school as and aid and watched as he struggled to make friends. Fortunately his disability made him unaware that he was being ridiculed, bullied or ignored. I watched as his peers made sneers, jokes, or asked him to say or do silly things for their enjoyment. I remember saying "it's a blessing that he is unaware" but it broke my heart daily.   
Now that he is in high school I do not see his day to day dealings but it appears like he has made friends. He is a kind person who unfortunately doesn't have "close" friends but does have friends.  I am unsure of how significant these friendships are but as I read Why Will No One Play With Me I want to spend more time with him again going over understanding social cues. The book has some great ideas about how to get your child to open up and listen. How to talk about self awareness which is something we have struggled with in the past few years.  I have been unsure of how to talk to my son without him getting defensive and shutting down.  
Caroline Maguires practical tips are definitely do able and I can't wait to sit with my son this weekend and talk about what I learned from the book and how we can work together on his social skills as difficult as it may be for him to listen.

I cannot wait to share this with his Special Education teachers!

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Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was offered. I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion.

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