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Dr. James Dobson on Parenting Hardcover – March 30, 1996


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About the Author

Dr. James Dobson is founder and president of Focus on the Family, a non-profit evangelical organization dedicated to the preservation of the home. He is the best-selling author of numerous books, including Life on the Edge, Parenting Isn't for Cowards, Love Must be Tough, and Straight Talk to Men. His international radio broadcast, "Focus on the Family" is heard on more than 4,000 stations worldwide.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 506 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Thus edition (March 30, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884861775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884861775
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,329 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.

Customer Reviews

Haven't spoken to them in 25 years.
Laurence Ballard
His methods might get your child to obey you, but not out of respect, only out of fear.
C. Ward
I am so amazed that people would criticize this book and others written by Dr. Dobson.
rnjac4@aol.com

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91 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Bryan J. Gros, PhD. on January 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Being a child psychologist, I often come across books that propose to give tips on raising strong-willed children and adolescsnts. Many of these books have been dissappointing. However, Dr. Dobson's book does, indeed, present effective strategies for managing very difficult behavior in these children. This is a well-written and easily understood book for parents who have may be at their wits end with regard to the "what to do's". These behavior management strategies are based in sound reseach and if followed CONSISTENTLY, should result in a better relationship with your children who are having behavior problems. I highly recommend it.
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92 of 116 people found the following review helpful By rnjac4@aol.com on August 31, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am so amazed that people would criticize this book and others written by Dr. Dobson. Every one has different children and different methods that work. This book tells the truth and gives you a way to feel in control, where a parent should be. Those who criticize obviously have not dealt with a very strong willed child who is young and with a high IQ. It is tough to do without help and understanding what to do, it can be frustrating. A parent who cares about their childs behaviour and the level of respect they grow with will buy this book. Children need to respect and know who is in charge. This is not without a great deal of love and explaining to the child, which this book encourages. Spanking is only for the willful defiance of a child, not for releasing anger out on them. It encourages many other methods and which times to use them. Dr. Dobson writes books that make we want to buy more, I have seen such an improvement in our childs behavior, now that we have taken control and have not given it away to our child.
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77 of 97 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've read this book as well as other Dobson books. He is on target here. Yes, it is VERY difficult to raise a bright and very stubborn child. Parents must learn to be in control or there will be chaos and the child WILL suffer if the parent doesn't find that control.
When you're a new parent, the advice is "don't spank and don't damage the child's self-esteem". Most children don't need to be corrected with spanking (and spanking is NOT abuse if it is done correctly and not in anger). If the new parent follows the popular advice with a strong-willed child, you'll find yourself controlled by your child and your child will grow up thinking there is no right or wrong (sociopath). My husband who is a psychiatrist and treats ADD/ADHD children on a daily basis recommends this book as well as others.
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60 of 76 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Bennett on December 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
We have four children [one girl and three boys]. One of our boys was as strong willed as they come. This book saved our sanity and helped shape this son into a responsible christian community leader. He is loved by his community and they know his word can be trusted. All this, and more, from a child who never slept more than twenty minutes at a time [day or night] until he was 2 yrs old. He INSISTED ON DOING THINGS HIS WAY - or not at all. Our doctor recommended the book and we shall forever be grateful. Mrs. B. J. Bennett/First grade teacher [1956 and currently still teaching and loving it all]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Isis Sofia Arjeta on May 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was raised by this book. My mother referred to it as her "bible" for how to deal with the daughter she was "challenged by God to love." The advocacy of spanking and neck pinching for "defiantly willful behavior" led to my deep belief that I was a demon with no conscience, as my every behavior that wasnt perfectly societally acceptable was punished. I was punished this way 10-20 times a day most days, and as I got older, nearly all social connection was removed from my life because I refused to conform and began doing hurtful things I didnt even want to do just to express the hurt I felt. Now nearly 10 years of hard work in therapy later I still have intense ptsd and anxiety with anyone who tries to exert authority over me. I was traumatized by these methods of instilling fear to affect behavioral compliance and when backed up by hanging your soul's eternal damnation over your head, Dr. Dobson's message becomes nothing short of evil. The only way to raise loving children is through love. To anyone considering this book, think again. I was "difficult" not because I wanted to cause problems, but because I was curious and there was a lot I didnt understand. Talk with your kids, find out what theyre thinking, and respect them, so they have a model for respecting you. And never refuse to answer their questions to prove who is in control. No one can control another human being, thats what God gave us Free Will for. But if you respect others, adult or child, and give unconditional love you will receive love and respect in return!
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Dobson's main concept - that parents need to be in charge of their children - is right on. If more parents did this we would have less violence and disturbing behavior from our country's children. However, he can be a bit tough, so you have to temper his advice with your own common sense. I'd also recommend: Kid Cooperation (How to Stop Yelling, Nagging and Pleading) by Elizabeth Pantley
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53 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Martin on February 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Dobson, Please accept my appreciation for such a wonderful and helpful book. My son, which is 18 months old, inclined my mother to by this book for me in hopes that the relationship between son and mother would bring us closer together. AND IT HAS! Since my son was born, he had always cried for one reason or another and nothing I did would help. I would literally cry and have a drink at night to calm my nerves from his constant crying and whining. I would tell him to do something and it was like it would "go in one ear and out the other". As you can imagine, this did nothing for my relationship with my husband or my 3 year old daughter. After my mother purchased your book and I made an effort to read it every night, it enlighted me that I was doing the best I could as a parent, it was not me but my "strong willed child". I have literally taken every step you said to take with him and it has helped. My son that was a little monster is now this wonderful little man that has blossomed into a beautiful human being. I'm not saying that we still don't have bad days, however, after taking the steps in your book it has tremendously worked. My husband, friends and even my mother have noticed a change in him. For anyone having problems with their child, I would HIGHLY recommend this reading. Thank you so much, Dr. Dobson, for helping me get my family back and for the guidance that is given as well. Sincerely,
Kathy Martin
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