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Parenting Isn't for Cowards Paperback – June 25, 1997

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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

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 25, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849940141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849940149
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,893,883 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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By A Customer on March 14, 2000
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This book was one of 13 that I read in desperation, and it was the only one that helped me with my very hard to handle son. Mr. Dobson helped me realize that parenting is NOT a breeze, it is not joyful or as wonderful as everybody else says, it is the most difficult challenge of my entire life. I received the sympathy I needed and I realize that parenting today is too permissive, thus we are raising brats. His guidelines make alot of sense, and the generations before us didn't have the problems that kids have today. Why? Because there was discipline back then. Today, parents are afraid to set limits and discipline their kids. I feel so much better after reading this book, I know I am not alone.
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We've all witnessed the frustrated, harrassed mother battling with her stong-willed child. We've all seen, at one time or another, this same mother (or others like her) losing that battle of wills. We may be that mother, embarrassed by a temper tantrum in public, giving in just to avoid further scrutiny by stangers witnessing our attempts to control a child who absolutely WILL have his/her own way! I am the mother of one of these beautiful, sweet, creative, funny, delightful, stubborn, maddening, bratty, hard-as-nails children. Even if you are not an active, practicing Christian, even if you don't listen to "Focus on the Family", you will gain priceless information and helpful tips about your hard-to-control child. Dr. Dobson mixes clinical research with heart-warming stories, helpful hints, and for those that are interested, solid Biblical principles in an easy-to-read text that should claim a place in the library of every family. He also gives excellent advice for integration of this strong-willed child with the compliant children in the family. I have one of each, and Dr. Dobson revealed to me ways to control one without smothering or ignoring the other. My children didn't come with instruction manuals; Dr. Dobson is a gem to share the how-to's for "operating this delicate piece of machinery": parenthood
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Dr. Dobson has been a strong voice in helping uplift and train children and parents.
This book is a fun and easy look at the stresses and other conflicts of being a parent and helps give practical insight on how to overcome them.

If you are a new parent or a discouraged parent this is a great book to read through.
It does hlep you to see that YOU CAN DO IT!!
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My children are 10,9, & 8. We get praised for their manners and behavior all the time. People say things like," It has been so long since I have seen such well-behaved and respectful children." We used primarily Dobson and Gary Smally books. I am very thankful for this text. I would advise every parent to read it.
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I used this book when raising my own children and have no problem choosing to buy it for a new family. I have well balanced children and can trust them not to do anything foolish anywhere. James Dobson has some very sensible insights into parenting which should not be ignored. The delivery service was also superb for this product.
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This book is very interesting to read. It also gives very specific steps on how to discipline children from young age to entering adolescence. However, I do think each parent needs to evaluate the discipline methods and find one that is suitable for both the parents and the child. It is excellent in terms of setting up the basic principles in teaching children.
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This book almost threw me into depression at one point, I felt discouraged at the thought that raising my strong willed child would constantly be a battle. But realizing this has also helped my husband and I create plans & start implementing strategies now (the early years). It also gave me insight to recognize what type of child I was & realizing how I turned out despite the odds and sometimes inadequate parenting. It also brought to light some issues still at play today with my parents. I highly recommend this book and encourage you to keep reading it, especially when you start to feel discouraged or hopeless in this battle of raising a strong willed child.

Raquel J Mertz (Mom of 3 ages 9,8 & 5)
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Wow, did this book ever help us. Thank you so much Dr Dobson for writing it. Tremendous insights into changing the bad behaviors of your child. Makes me ask, "Why didn't I think to do that?!" So very encouraging.

This book is worth it's weight in GOLD if you have small children.
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