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Where can you go when you need quick answers to tough questions about marriage, family, and parenting?

"The Complete Marriage and Family Home Reference Guide" by Dr. James Dobson, America's most respected expert on family issues, offers time-tested answers to more than 400 frequently asked questions about such topics as:
Discipline
Sibling rivalry
The preschool child
The elementary school child
Living with teenagers
Attention deficit disorder
Public, private, and home-school education
Single parenting
Stepparenting
Building self-confidence in your child
Sex education
Making marriage work
Developing your family's spiritual life

This comprehensive, easy-to-access guide provides reliable, biblically based information to help build healthy, God-honoring families. It's the reference book that should be on every family's shelf of resources.

About the Author

James Dobson obtuvo el titulo de doctor en desarrollo infantil de la Universidad de California del sur y desde entonces ha recibido cinco doctorados honorarios. Tiene dos hijos adultos y vive en Colorado Springs, Colorado con su esposa Shirley. Dobson es presidente de Enfoque a la Familia, una organizacion que se dedica a la conservacion del hogar. El Doctor Dobson tiene un programa diario que se escucha en mas de l.800 estaciones de radio. Desde que se publico por primera vez. Atrevete a disciplinar, tres presidentes de los Estados Unidos han nombrado al doctor Dobson a varias comisiones. Tambien fue nombrado presidente de la Iniciativa Familiar del Ejercito de los Estados Unidos.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Momentum; Revised ed. edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0842352678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842352673
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a fantastic book for families! As a wife and the mother of 3 young children I often feel like I have missed the mark at the end of the day. Did I do all I could to be a good example for my children? Did I handle that dilemma as best I could? And so on. Many of the topics covered are issues a family faces everyday, with sound, spiritual advice for tackling them. This book is not only for Christian families, Dobson is an advocate for ALL families and provides tools for strentgthening those relationships.
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There's alot of great advice in this book, covering many topics. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for direction in marital and family issues. Like any book one reads, don't expect to agree with the author 100% on every issue, overall this is an excellent book with terrific advice and insight. P.S. I don't believe that Elaine ever read the book, and Deana is reading into Dr. Dobson's response. In the segment she refers to, there is no mention of monitoring a daughter's cycle to "be able to tell when the little hussy gets pregnant and then stop her from getting an abortion on the sly." Also, I started my period at the age of 11 and have never missed a month. As anyone knows, it is often the case that if a girl/woman has hormonal related rages, no physical evidence is needed to determine when she is on her period, her short fuse is the only evidence needed. I myself found it very helpful, and easier to remain in control of my emotions, when it was pointed out to me at a young age that my bad moods occurred almost exclusively during my period.
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This book is a must for every parent. As a christian parent of a 13 year old daughter and two sons ages 9 and 5 this book is my reference guide for many of my questions. I DO agree with Dr. Dobson's reference about the 13 yr. old daughter and keeping track of her menstrual cycle. I learned through Dr. Dobson that as a woman I totally understand what is like with the mood swings and not being able to control these hormonal imbalances. My daughter is a christian girl with a very regular cycle that is NOT on birth control so I believe the other person that reviewed this book is totally wrong in their statements. Dr. Dobson answers the questions and helps christian parents with parenting question from birth to 18 and I thank him for this wonderful guide. All of us as parents ask the questions he answers but don't know where to turn to get the answers. He does just that for us.

I give it as a gift at all baby showers now!!!
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This book is a must for every parent because it's chock full of questions and answers on every subject of parenting you can imagine. Dr. Dobson does a great job with tackling tough issues from a Biblical perspective and sharing practical ways to implement the ideas. The answers are not too lengthy and are organized in such a way that you can find the answer on whatever topic you need quickly and easily.
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Some of Dr. Dobson's advice has helped me navigate the rough waters I encountered while working at a school and now being a parent. For example, you don't need to discipline kids for doing "kid things," but rather concentrate on curtailing disobedience/disrespect. Once you grasp this concept then it's relatively easy to categorize their behavior and recognize what really needs to be addressed.

I disagree with a poster's concern about Dr. Dobson suggesting that a parent keep track of their daughter's menstrual cycle: it's not done as a means to control or menace, nor is it some antiquated notion. I think it is a prudent thing to do. You can certainly put your own spin on it, but by all means, show your daughter how to take charge of her body.

I'm sure Dr. Dobson didn't intend for this book to be the only useful tool an adult would utilize. And I don't think you need to be a "Bible Thumper" to appreciate some of the sage advice. This is just another source to turn to when you want ideas or even validation.
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This is a great book full of wisdom for parents, especially Christians, who are struggling to raise their children in a depraved world. The book is realistic and tackles issues we deal with as parents in a measured way that combines both Dobson's clinical knowledge and experience and current research as available, as well as his faith. I have not agreed with everything that I have read; that doesn't mean the book hasn't been a help and encouragement to me. The negative reviewers of this book I tend to think are not the target market of the book or are being overly sensitive to the material and its intent.
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Great tool for any family. It would make a great gift. I bought it for my husband and I as a light reader. We spend time sharing ideas from it and discussing them. Really useful resource.
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You can't go wrong with anything by James Dobson. He's solid in his teaching and lives what he preaches. My husband is using this book as an aid to study for his Sunday school class.
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