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The Strong-Willed Child Paperback – February 22, 1985

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Product Details

  • 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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By A Customer on February 17, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My three year old was out of control. Tantrum city, thought he was the boss, and would even hurt his little brother. I was ready to try anything. This worked amazingly.
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!
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We have three beautiful children 2,4, and 6. My wife and I always ask the questions: Are we raising are children correctly? How come it takes screaming to get the kids to do something? Why does the simplest task seem like a production? Dr. Dobson has the answers, we've been using his approach for over 2 month now and are family has become closer. It doesn't take 30 minutes to get them to bed anymore, we setup bedtime rules and the kids follow those rules. Why, because we follow through with our threats, you must follow through. We have set up lots of rules in the past but know are rules are followed. Simple rules: No Hitting, No name calling, listen to your mother and father, bedtime is 8pm. Its a great book with great stories and the stories hit home.
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Dobson's books divide people, as you can see from all these reviews. Really, if you're not a fundamentalist Christian, you're probably not going to be comfortable with all his talk about parental authority. I'm one of his fans, and think that 99% of his advice is very good. I disagree with him about the abortion debate and his views on the evils of porn, but on raising children he has a lot of sensible advice. He does not advocate child abuse -- he says that spankings should not be frequent and should be reserved for only the child's worst behavior. He says right in 'Dare to Discipline' that most of the spankings parents administer are a mistake, and the situation would have been handled better differently. I think that most of the people who read his books and accuse him of advocating abuse must have been abused themselves as children, and this has distorted their perspective.
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.
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I grew up with parents who lived by the words in this book. Please, please, don't for a moment do the same. Despite what the book will have you believe, it absolutely is all about controlling your child and breaking their spirit, so that they're not even allowed to cry after you've beaten them for more than a few minutes. I can't even begin to tell you the emotional wounds I still bear from growing up at the mercy of these teachings, and it still, to this day, severely hampers any possibility of a relationship with my parents.

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!
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This is a great book that helped me along while I was raising my children. Now, I purchased it for a loved one since I know longer had a copy to lend out.Whether you believe in spanking or not, James Dobson has great insights and offers many tools to use to understand the minds of children and to help raise ones who will grow into responsible and good adults that will find ways to help solve the problems in our society.
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