Author interview and giveaway: Spiritual Growth Plan for your Choleric Child

Oh, y’all.  This blog has been so quiet lately.  I’ve missed you but I’m also relatively at peace with this stage of my life and motherhood.  Not much time to blog, and that’s okay.  I’ll get back to regular posting at some point, but in the meantime, I do what I can.  You’re okay with that, right?

Can I share with you a new book that I’m really excited about, though?  Connie Rossini, who blogs over at Contemplative Homeschool, is writing a series of medium length books on how to help your child grow spiritually based on their temperament.  The first book in the series,  Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Choleric Child, was released yesterday and I snatched it right up.  But you, dear readers, have the opportunity to WIN a free copy.  Read through to the end to see how.

Low-resolution-portraitWelcome to California to Korea!  Would you take a minute to tell us about yourself?

Thanks, Micaela! I’m a Catholic wife and mother of four boys, living in southern Minnesota. I have a B.A. in Elementary Education and have homeschooled since our oldest child was four. I write a spirituality column for our diocesan newspaper and blog at Contemplative Homechool. I am also a columnist at Spiritual Direction. Last year I published my first book, Trusting God with St. Therese.


For those who’ve never heard of the Four Temperaments, can you give us a brief history and/or overview?

Hippocrates, the “father of medicine,” recognized four patterns of behavior among his patients. Some people reacted quickly to stimuli and held onto their impressions. Others reacted quickly, but just as quickly moved on. Some had a very mild reaction which came slowly and didn’t appear to last. Others reacted slowly, but held onto their impressions. A few centuries later, Galen related these reactions to four bodily fluids or humors. He called them choleric, sanguine, phlegmatic, and melancholic. Catholic philosophers, theologians, and psychologists throughout the centuries have generally accepted these distinctions. We no longer tie the temperaments to bodily fluids, but they are believed to be inborn, biological traits that we can’t change. However, we can learn to use our temperaments in a positive way, minimizing their negative aspects.

Do you have a choleric child?  What are the benefits and the struggles of having a child with this temperament?

Oh, yes! My first child is a choleric. Cholerics are full of energy. They have noble ideals. They are determined to meet their goals and skillful at recruiting others to help them. They are hardworking. A choleric can be his parents’ best helper at home. If he learns about his weaknesses, he will strive to overcome them. Many cholerics have grown up to be great saints.

At the same time, cholerics can be very challenging to parent, especially for parents who are introverts. Cholerics never stop–moving, arguing, or working. This can totally exhaust their parents. It easily leads to power struggles. Cholerics have their own opinion about everything and voice it loudly. They can control and manipulate their siblings to get their way. They have quick and sometimes violent anger.

Choleric Cover 4Your new book, A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Choleric Childis offered as an aid to parents.  What can parents hope to get from this book?

I want to help parents and their children to be a team working together. I share many things that have worked for us. My biggest success so far has been teaching my son to lead by serving others, rather than by force of his personality. I have seen a total turn-around in his relationship with our youngest son as our choleric made a priority out of helping him. I show you how you can achieve the same results, step by step. I give tips for helping the choleric think before speaking, taking first steps toward humility, and learning empathy. I offer templates for teaching your choleric child to pray and for planning a year’s work on specific virtues. I also have some detailed lesson plans for homeschoolers.


Thanks for joining us today, Connie.  Now the rest of you, guess what?  Connie is giving away a copy of her paperback book to one of my readers!  All you need to do is share about her new book (either by sharing this post or a direct link to Amazon) via Twitter or email. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter.

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Make sure you head over and check out Connie’s new book or visit her over at her blog, Contemplative Homeschool.

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  1. Love everything about this! Congrats to Connie! And yay for you blogging when you can
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  2. One more thing: I also have a link to the paperback version now:
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  3. Oh boy, do I ever need this

  4. This is fascinating. I do hope Connie will be writing companion books for the other temperaments. I’ll be checking out her blog and joining the contest (once it’s open.)
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    • Hi, Bobbi. I just started working on the phlegmatic book. The melancholic book will be third, and I’ll end with the sanguine book. God willing, they will all be finished by 2017 or early in that year.

    • It’s open now! For some reason I had it set to begin tomorrow night. Silly me.

  5. Thanks for sharing this! I’m the introverted, melancholic parent who usually doesn’t know what to make of her choleric son, so I appreciated reading this!
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  6. Yay! I loved the St. Therese book by Ms. Rossini – one of my favorite spiritual reading books of the last year for sure. My eldest is a choleric, and his arguing is exhausting. 🙂 I have a younger son who is challenging in a more typical way – but that argumentative brother is hard to deal with even though he is well-behaved. I’m not sure that made sense, but maybe somebody else can relate. 🙂 I would love love love to win this!
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  7. Oh my goodness! I am so excited to hear this series exists!! Although he’s only 18 months I suspect that one of my twins has a STRONG choleric streak in him! (I am a melancholic-choleric myself.) He is such a sweet boy, but oh my goodness, what a strong will!
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  8. I’m not even waiting, I just bought it! Thanks so much for putting word out, I’d never have seen it otherwise! (Well maybe I would have, but still) Will pass word along to others, too.

    Anyway, just sharing randomly, this is my dominant personality and, tho I’ve probably through sheer force of my own will, gotten our oldest to be less,um, difficult, than I was growing up, he certainly shares many, many of my traits. Maybe we’ll implement this together!

    Thanks again!
    Maria :]

    • Thanks for the sale, Maria! And I appreciate you sharing it with others. I’m so thankful for Micaela and the other bloggers who are helping me promote the book this week, because word of mouth is the only way most people are going to know it exists. Blessings working with your choleric child!
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  9. Congratulations to Ruth Ann Holloway, whose name was chosen! I will be sending her a signed paperback. Everyone else, thank you for participating, and enjoy your choleric child. I do have a second giveaway going on at Goodreads now, if you’d like to try again. Thanks again, Micaela, for hosting!
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