- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers; Trade paper ed edition (February 22, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 084236661X
- ISBN-13: 978-0842366618
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Strong-Willed Child Paperback – February 22, 1985
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This book does NOT say "beat your child" despite others reviews. In fact, spanking makes up 5% of what DR. Dobson touches on. I too was anti-spanking, but with-in five days my son made a 360 degree turn! It took one well-administered spanking, a zero tolerance policy and an extremely calm demenour.
If you are at the end of your rope, give this book a try, and follow it's advice. You too will be amazed. Those who critized it's suggestions, in their own words, are still working through things. Have you ever yelled and screamed at your children in frustration? That just shows them that you are out of control, and they are responsible for making you this way. THAT IS CRUEL!
Please do not be afraid to discipline your child. I read this book over a month ago, and success continues to bloom. My son is a lot happier, he knows his bounderies and his little brother is thankful too!
The commentator who criticized him for labelling strong-willed children as 'bad' and compliant children as 'good' must be too upset to even read. HE SAYS RIGHT IN THE BEGINNING OF THE BOOK THAT STRONG-WILLED CHILDREN HAVE THE MOST POTENTIAL FOR CREATIVITY AND LEADERSHIP. As someone who is a former strong-willed child and the parent of a strong-willed child, I don't have any problem with his characterization of the strong-willed as having the greatest potential and, at the same time, needing some extra firmness when it comes to parenting style.
I recognize my mother's ways of parenting in many of his examples, and I would rate my mother a 98 out of 100 for providing balanced, loving, and firm discipline. My mother rarely spanked. Nearly all of the time she was able to use gentler methods such as time-outs and firm lectures.Read more ›
The kicker? If anything, it made me more defiant and strong-willed than before. I didn't break, I just grew to hate my parents and resent being under their control, until I rebelled really wildly the moment I was out from under their thumbs. I'm better, now, and getting help. But if you love your children, why would you ever want a future for them that would require that? And I was a lucky one-- many of the children I grew up with under similar parents WERE broken, and still haven't recovered.
This has nothing to do with religion, by the way. You can be a great Christian of any stripe, without hitting your children, or trying to control them down to their very thoughts, or trying to break any parts of them that don't meet with your satisfaction. Please look elsewhere for advice!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book arrived in good condition. I am learning quite a bit about dealing with a very strong-willed grandchild. I would recommend this book.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really folks. I was raised with the occasional "rod" and I turned out just fine and am considered successful at my job. Read morePublished 7 months ago by True To Self
Just happened to notice, of the negative reviews; if you happen read their other reviews by clicking on their name.... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Marnie
I am a survivor of Dobsons child abuse manual that your considering buying here.This is the 1992 edition I am 25 years old and my parents raised me on Dobsons spank first ask... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Christine smith
When my 3-yr-old son was being "strong-willed", a so-called Christian gave me this book. It is full of detail about how to physically abuse your child, such as using a... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer