The Temperament God Gave Your Kids

By Art and Laraine Bennett

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Do you have a child who is into everything? Your energetic, bubbly child is often the center of attention and sometimes in the middle of trouble!

Or perhaps you have a child who is just the opposite: quiet, studious, and slow to warm up in social situations.

Then there's the future lawyer: that argumentative, willful child who sometimes makes you want to pull your hair out. 

As parents, we all have, at one time or another, wondered: Where did this child come from? Why isn t he just like me? Am I doing something wrong? 

You are not doing anything wrong, and there is very likely nothing wrong with your child! The differences described above are all differences in God-given temperament. When you understand your child's unique temperament, you will have the key to unlocking his behavior, moods, and motivational forces.

The end result is not only more effective discipline for day-to-day adventures but also a lifelong recognition of how to nurture your child's strengths as a loving and supportive parent, teacher, or grandparent. Become an active, compassionate participant in your child s social and spiritual formation and bring peace, happiness, and holiness to your family in the way God intended.

Art and Laraine Bennett provide an accessible synthesis of classical wisdom, modern counseling, science, Catholic spirituality, and wonderful storytelling to the four basic temperaments that serve as the foundation of one's personality and approach to life. This is the authors third book on the topic of temperaments, sharing not only their professional expertise but also their personal life experiences. They have been married for thirty-four years and have four children one each of the four temperament types!


About the Authors

Art Bennett is a licensed marriage and family therapist with twenty years' experience in the field. he writes a monthly column for the National Catholic Register. Art's wife, Laraine, is a freelance writer whose articles appear in Catholic journals.

Laraine Bennett has a master's degree in philosophy and is a freelance writer for several publications, including She also designed an online temperament test for Catholic Match which has been taken by more than 60,000 singles! With her husband, Art, she co-authored three books on temperament (The Temperament God Gave You, The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse, and The Temperament God Gave Your Kids) as well as a book about emotions (The Emotions God Gave You). The Bennetts have lived in California and in Germany and currently live in Northern Virginia. Art is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is the founder of Alpha Omega Clinics in Maryland and Virginia. He is presently serving as President of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington.