This is an EXCELLENT book. I have not even finished it and yet felt compelled to write a review on it. I am about two-thirds through and recognize that this is a MUST-READ for all parents. I have often felt that the main-stream parenting philosophy of child-centered parenting, ran against everything that I fundamentally believed in. I, myself, was guilty of centering too much attention on my children when they were young and giving them too much authority and power to choose when they were children. I am now finding myself having to try and reverse those effects, which is very difficult to do when they are older. I wish I had come across the wisdom of this book earlier. I also deeply appreciate Betsy Hart's candor and honesty, how she shared about the dissolution of her marriage and how it compelled her even more to recognize the importance of writing this book. This is an excellent book, well thought out, and candidly written from experience. I am grateful she had the boldness and conviction to speak out and run against the the mainstream parenting culture promoted by the media.