There are some great ideas in this book. The parts about not getting emotional while disciplining are great and counting is also a good idea. The part where I really took issue is about locking your child in his room, even if he is trashing the room (not to mention, the book never addresses how to get the child to clean up the trashed room, it just says not to talk about things after the time out). In trying what this book suggested, my take away was to use a different technique for the time outs. Making a child stay alone while he cannot self-soothe is really not a good idea. I'm not sure if this is meant for older kids, but this was not helpful for a 2 1/2 year old.