The New Strong-Willed Child

The New Strong-Willed Child

by James C. Dobson
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New Strong-Willed Child 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I apologize for my ignorance, but don't understand that accusations that this is a child abuse book as I read other reviews. I have a different view as someone that grew up abused, not that it warrants me a more qualified opinion, but it opened me up to reading this book because I did not want to repeat what was done to me. I also wanted to learn how to handle my son, so I read this book often. So I hope what I say helps someone to understand this book better somehow. From what I've read, the book advocates spanking as a last resort and even should not be administered depending whether the child is acting in their nature/age or they do act in defiance. It even depends on their personality how you should discipline your child. I just re-read the part about a little girl that would take her sweet time getting ready for school because she had to make sure everything was in place. This girl wasn't being defiant, she's just organized . Her mother tried yelling and aggression, but Dobson recommended instead that the mother utilizes a calm attitude, stickers, and charts for her daughter to follow, the most severe punishment was losing a star on the chart and sleeping an hour earlier. Throughout the book, Dobson condemns the use of anger, yelling, and physical aggression on your child at all costs, which is I got used to growing up. Furthermore, there are all these conditions and circumstances he advises parents to examine to determine whether spanking is appropriate or if the parent should be more clear and realistic about what they demand of their child. This book is my constant reference, being my strong-willed son is constantly growing. Being abused myself, this book helped me draw a line within myself between being a bully to my child and being a loving parent disciplining my child. This book is a guideline for my husband and I as to how we treat our son. As a result, we hear from everyone we know our son is the most well behaved of all the toddler boys they know. Most of all, my husband and I learned how to keep our home an emotional and physical safe-haven because of what Dobson advocates, even if we both came from unsafe backgrounds. I honestly wish people could re-examine this book and it's entirety instead of having this microscope view on the spanking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A parent who loves their children disciplines them. Children need boundries set for them and consequences for breaking them. This book is excellent at showing parents 'like myself' who may not be the best at knowing exactly what boundries to set and what discipline to enforce with each broken rule. It explains that children are human and cannot be punished for everything. Yet when they are directly disobedient a spanking is a must. I have tried it and it works. It does take time, but when done in love, it works. I have learned consistency is key with discipline. Now, I rarely have to enforce a spanking anymore. They now know that there are rules at home to follow, just as in school, or anywhere else, and they now follow them. No more embarrassing trips to the grocery store or temper tantrums in the pediatrician's waiting room. This book shows never spank or discipline in anger. Wait, take a time out if necessary and then address the situation. It's a must have for parents who feel at the end of their rope. Hang in there, there's hope. I know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to gain control back in their home and not feel guilty for being "too strict" of a parent. Dr. Dobson presents ways to raise a strong willing child through discipline delivered in a loving and Christian way. Some of his views on spanking I did not agree with but by using the other methods, I did not need to get to that point with my child. It also confirmed that many of my instincts were correct. Raising children is not easy, especially strong-willed ones. As long as you are consistent and loving, everyone will get through some of the rough patches of childhood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a mother of a very strong willed little girl I am finding this book helpful. Some of these reviews have me concerned though. Spanking is NOT child abuse, hot sauce is NOT child abuse, and if your 5 childred are perfect with never having to raise your voice or using any other methods than you cannot possibly begin to understand what us parents go through who actually have strong children with a brain of their own. I do not own 5 robots but I do have one of my children who keeps me on my toes. This book has some great tips on how to talk to her and deal with her behavior. I am a good Mom and am raising my kids in a loving home, not hectic and abusive like my upbringing but some kids just have a mind of their own. So congratulations to all those reviews below where somehow they ended up with all these perfect kids they've never snapped at, spanked & the kids are perfect. My experience are those who have had a soft upbringing tend to be the rude adolescent children out in the malls, movie theateres, etc. because what are we gonna do to them. Give me a break and go do some parenting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To those of you educated reviewers who consider this book abuse-'Do you even have children?' I, too, am a parent who has two opposites. One is extremely easy-going. The other is extremely strong willed. Unless you have experienced both kind of children, you have NO CLUE what you are talking about. Before I had the second 'strong willed child' I, too, thought I knew all about how to raise a child, and what was wrong with the way other people raised THEIR 'strong-willed' children. I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT. You must experience it to know it. This book worked wonderfully for my child, who requires much structure. I do not condone abuse, and in no way, do I see Dr Dobson condoning it either. Perhaps if we would have used more of this kind of discipline, our prisons would not be so overcrowded today and families would stay together...
MableGary More than 1 year ago
If you're a frustrated parent of an endlessly bucking child whom you love dearly but can't seem to get through to, this is the book for you. Dr. Dobson is straightforward and honest about effective ways to reach your child in order to teach obedience and respect in a firm but loving way, which is extrememly refreshing in a society where "firm" has been a dirty word since the 60's. If you're willing to accept that it is YOUR responsibility to parent your child appropriately for his own good and you're looking for the Christian-centered methods that work, you're in the right place. Dr. Dobson is excellent--he will not pat you on the head and tell you it's alright. He simply tells you how to get over yourself and parent your child the way God intended you to. Read it and be refreshed! Your child will thank you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Dobson knows children!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so glad i read this book. There were times i wondered if there was something wrong with my two year old. The wildness and rage of his tatrums along with his wild out of control defiance led me to wonder if there was literally something wrong with him. I have this huge burden lifted off my shouldrrs after reading this book as i better understand his behavior now and how to handle it. Great biblical advice. Highly recommend
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