How to Hug a Porcupine by Debbie Joffe Ellis


Title: How to Hug a Porcupine

By: Debbie Joffe Ellis

Genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: 160

Release Date: February 24th, 2009

Publisher: Hatherleigh Press

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

How to Love the Difficult People in Your Life

Most of us know someone who, for whatever reason, always seems to cause problems, irritate others, or incite conflict. Often, these people are a part of our daily lives. The truth is that these trouble makers haven’t necessarily asked to be this way.

Sometimes we need to learn new approaches to deal with people who are harder to get along with or love.

How to Hug a Porcupine: Easy Ways to Love Difficult People in Your Life explains that making peace with others isn’t as tough or terrible as we think it is–especially when you can use an adorable animal analogy and apply it to real-life problems.

How to Hug a Porcupine provides tips for calming the quills of parents, children, siblings, strangers, and other prickly people you may encounter. Among other tips, How to Hug a Porcupine includes:
*Three easy ways to end an argument
*How to spot the porcupine in others
*How to spot the porcupine in ourselves


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I know this week is a bit self-help heavy, but this is another great book that I wanted to share.

I birthed a porcupine. Its kind of funny to say it like that, but its true. Each of my children are so extraordinarily different. One's a soft spoken introvert, another is a wild, rambunctious ball of energy and the youngest is dark and brooding. A self proclaimed vampire... And my porcupine.

The way this book spoke about how to maneuver around the toxic attitudes and focus more on positive words has really helped shape the way I speak with my son. Before I put some of the suggestions into practice, mornings were hard and full of frustration, but now, more often than not he wakes up with a smile on his face.  

Favorite Quote:

"Calm with Care. Openness trumps defensiveness. Care beats mistrust. Attention cures fear."

This book received a 5 out of 5 stars from me. The way it was written and presented was easy to read and interesting. I loved it from start to finish.

If you have a porcupine in your life, wither or not its a child, parent or coworker, there are ways to help you deal with their prickliness.

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