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The New Strong-willed Child Pack: Birth Throught Adolescence Hardcover – 30 Apr 2005


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  • Hardcover: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Pub; Bk&Wrkbk edition (30 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141430725X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414307251
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 17.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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For parents needing help dealing with sibling rivalry, ADHD, low self-esteem and other urgent issues. A must for parents and teachers struggling to raise and teach children who are convinced they should be able to live by their own rules! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Nov 2005
Format: Hardcover
Great book, great advice. As usual Dr Dobson comes up with practical, helpful advice. His compassion and love for children is evident in this book as well as his understanding of the difficult job of parenting. His experience and wisdom is unequalled.
An essential parenting book!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Catholic on 20 Nov 2011
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First, three quotes from the book to help counter the hysterical claims that this book teachs us, "my child is wrong/abnormal" and that this book promotes "Christian dark ages abuse":

"How then, are we to shape the will while preserving the spirit?" (pg. 79) This simple question perfectly sums up the entire book: how do we manage to raise a happy child without breaking their strong determined spirit? IF this book were all about destroying your child... why would we approach the child from this angle?

"It is accomplished by establishing reasonable boundaries in advance and then enforcing them with love..." (pg. 79)

***Establishing boundaries is key*** and this book makes this very clear and offers the reader careful instruction on how to teach your child to respect normal human boundaries. A lot of you folk here that are branding this book as "child abuse!!" are probably the very types of parents that do not want to (or don't know how to) **establish boundaries** with your children. This book clearly instructs how to set boundaries ~ and either this frightens you or makes you feel very guilty for your own lack of boundaries with your out of control child.

So, while you shrill against "The New Stron-Willed Child" the rest of us pay the miserable price as your child disrespects every single human being within earshot and reach. All while you, the parent, smile and pretend that everything is fine so that you don't have to actually work at parenting your kid, emotional wimps to the core.

The third quote again sums up the goal of this book:

"...while avoiding any implications that a child is unwanted, unnecessary, foolish, ugly, dumb, burdensome, embarassing, or a terrible mistake." (pg.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tilly Tompkins on 22 Jan 2014
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So glad these books are still available. Used them when bringing up my own children who are all wonderful, well rounded, successful, happy and very loving people in good relationships and now with children of their own. What greater recommendation. None of this 'let your 2 year old make their own decisions' malarkey. Poor little 2 year olds, who are begging for some guidelines and loving discipline.
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11 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Hastings on 8 Sep 2006
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Just as the title indicates Dr. Dobson focuses on what he sees as the child's deficits rather than the underlying parent-child relationship. I think Dr. Dobson basis his book on a faulty and potentially destructive premise - the child is inherently flawed and the parent must intervene (for which he provides much advice). Rather, I think I prefer a healthier premise - my child's behavior and personality are greatly influenced by the quality of the parent child relationship (the degrees of intimacy, empathy, and emotional safety) - rather than blame the child and intervene, strive to understand the behavior in respect to the parent-child relationship and adjust accordingly. I think Dr. Dobson's understanding of these qualities are a bit skewed or misguided.

James Dobson has been around for a long time. He certainly has a large body of literature. If you are familiar with his writing I think you will find that "The New Strong-Willed Child" is more of the same. If you have found his previous work insightful and inspirational this may be the book for you. Personally, I find my role as parent to be too important to blindly accept everything Dr. Dobson presents. Rather, I suggest you read "The New Strong-Willed Child" as well as other resources to gain a more rounded and insightful understanding of this most important job (parenting). I really liked to work of Mark Gaskill, MFT (family therapist and parenting expert) as a balancing perspective. His book "Systemic Parenting: An Exploration of the Parenting Big Picture" is superb. These two books are worlds apart. If you are attached to Dobson, great "The New Strong-Willed Child" will be your thing. However, you might want to treat yourself to some newer and fresher ideas by looking elsewhere.
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7 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. Mcgovern on 10 Feb 2008
Format: Paperback
I opened this book with great expectations of an answer to dealing with my own strong willed child, but was disappointed. The book did however reassure me that my child, although challenging, is perfectly normal, and that the common sense approach we were already adopting was pretty much on the right track.

The book is heavily laden with quotes from the bible and the author condones, indeed encourages corporal punishment, even for toddlers, which was quite a surprise.

I'm just glad I had borrowed the book from the library and not bought it at the full retail price!
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