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Dare to Discipline Mass Market Paperback – February, 1977

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; 18th Printing edition (February 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553228412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553228410
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,854,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James C. Dobson, Ph.D., is founder and chairman emeritus of Focus on the Family, a nonprofit organization that produced his internationally syndicated radio programs, heard by more than 200 million people every day. A licensed psychologist and marriage, family, and child counselor, he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in the field of child development. The author of more than 30 books, including his most recent bestseller, Bringing Up Boys, he has been heavily involved in governmental activities related to the family. Dr. Dobson is married to Shirley and they reside in Colorado.

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John Thornton on June 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Dare to Discipline" by Dr. James Dobson is a dangerous book that can lead to child abuse. If you are an adult person who had abusive parents, and you are trying to break the cycle of abuse, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK.

The concepts in "Dare to Disciple" about overcoming a child's will and Dobson's ongoing pushing of the "need" for correction can come off, to an abuse survivor, as justification for physical abuse of a child. This is a terrible tragedy, as proper discipline and guidance are essential for a child, but a safe pattern for that is not found in "Dare to Discipline."

Any person who grew up physically, emotionally, or abused in any other way needs to AVOID Dr. Dobson's concepts, especially "Dare to Discipline."

In order for adult abuse survivors to be good parents, they need to deal with the faulty "discipline" and abusive patterns that were beaten into them. That will be greatly hindered if abuse survivors read books by Dr. James Dobson.

First adult abuse survivors need to relearn proper childhood and to heal from the abuse. An excellent book for that is, "Adult Children of Abusive Parents: A Healing Program for Those Who Have Been Physically, Sexually, or Emotionally Abused" by Steven Farmer.

Christianity offers healing and hope for people, but for those who survived abusive parents (especially those who did the abuse form a religious motive) must avoid Dr. James Dobson's concepts. A good resource for that is "The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse" by David Johnson and Jeff VanVonderen.

I am not meaning to put down Dr. James Dobson, but his work is truly dangerous for adult survivors of childhood abuse.

Thanks for reading my review.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Holman on February 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for an excuse to abuse your child, this book is for you. If you are the victim of a monstrous parent like Dobson, this book will give you nightmares. He even describes, in detail, various physical abuse. Incredible that his books sell.
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58 of 77 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
Book should be entitled "Dare to Hit Your Child with Whatever is Handy". Dobsen extolls virtues of his wife snapping their not yet two-year-old with a switch across the shins, can you imagine? He also attests that he received great benefit, as a child, by being spontaneously walloped by his mom's girdle, complete with buckles and straps.
The fact is, that spontaneous anger from a parent can be beneficial to a child, in seeing that his actions may set off undesired reactions. Yet, spontaneous violence sends an absolutely wrong message of physical superiority making "right" in a confrontational situation.
My children turned out quite well, I think with equal parts luck, love, and parental boundries. I didn't get anything from this book (I read it years ago) that I utilized in child-rearing, except a dedication to never hit my children.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathy J. Farrey on July 30, 2013
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Based on Dr Dobson's opinions, not science. He actually suggests when your baby cries, you should not respond imediately, but wait in the doorway for a few minutes. Current science says that this will actually cause anxiety in the child. Also, with the amount of violence in our culture, I don't think parents really need permission to hit their kids.
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30 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Neil on February 1, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My father used Dobson's methodology as a license to strike. If you wish to die alone in a nursing home, I suggest you listen to those who worship hate and violence. There is not a day that I don't dream of lashing my old man with a studded belt to punish him in return, and am contemplating not having children to let the cycle of violence end with me.

God bless America, we really need it....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lindsey Stephenson on February 16, 2015
Format: Paperback
Sadly, my parents read this book and followed Dr. Dobson's abusive philosophy. I first attempted to escape my home at 14, then ran away for good at 16.

I have vivid, horrible memories of my punishments, and it was only years and several therapists later that I understood my parents did love me. They were just extremely misguided about how to show it- thanks in great part to this book.

My heart breaks for and other survivors of parents that fell for this book's message.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebekah L. Cowell on February 22, 2013
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I needed this book for research, otherwise, I would never endorse or subscribe to buying any products by James Dobson. A seriously retro-and damaging portrayal of raising a child.
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By Amazon Customer on December 14, 2014
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I love this book, especially the part in it on respect.
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