Book Reviews of The Strong-Willed Child: Birth Through Adolescence

The Strong-Willed Child: Birth Through Adolescence
The Strong-Willed Child Birth Through Adolescence
Author: James Dobson
ISBN-13: 9780842366618
ISBN-10: 084236661X
Publication Date: 3/1985
Pages: 240
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 56 ratings
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
Dr. James Dobson is an excellent writer and brings out the most in every situtation. Excellent book!
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VERY INFORMATIVE. Helped me seewhere I was being wrong
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This is such a wonderful book! You must be ready to enforce some pretty strict rules and STICK with them! Its tough...VERY tough for the first few days, but you will be so thankful that you read this book and followed Dr. Dobson's advice. I had felt as if I had completely lost control of my children when I purchased this book. Within the week, I had the control back, along with happier, well behaved children. This book is a must read if you feel as if you have lost control.
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outstanding book and resource for parenting the strong willed child.
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It has many good discipline ideas, but it advocates spanking which I do not personally agree with.
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Great book for parents with head strong children
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This is a GREAT book for parents of kids who like to challenge their authority. Don't let yourself get frustrated and angry, but use this book to help you take action. Maybe you just take pieces of what the author has to offer, it made a big difference for us and how we handled situations.
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Dr. Dobson describes this unique individual this way. Just as surely as some children are naturally compliant, there are others who seem to be looking for a fight upon exit from the womb. Such a child comes into the world smoking a cigar and barking orders in the delivery room...
this little powerhouse needs a special kind of understanding and disipline from his parents. the strong willed child is a practical how to book on discipline and child rearing, which focuses on sibling rivalry,hyperactivity,self esteem, and the most common errors made by frustrated parents.
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I got this book when my son was almost 4 yrs old, so it's been 9 yrs since I read it. However, I found it VERY helpful. It helped answer a LOT of questions. The last half of this book is in a question/answer forum which I found very helpful.
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Good book!
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This was very helpful to me when my 2 sons were young! While I didn't want to break their will, I wanted advice on where and how to draw the line.
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But did this help me with my third child. He wasn't mean, just strong willed and Dr. Dobson's book showed me how to channel that negative attitude into a better child.
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I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book. It is extrememly useful and informative. Anyone with children should read it whether they consider their child "strong willed" or not.
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My advice is to read Dr. Dobson. Forget the religious part,if you wish, but use your common sense. Discipline is needed in every walk of life--athletics, music, academics,military, and much more. So, where is this discipline going to be taught, if not in the home?
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great advice for every mom or dad!!I'vereadit many times.......
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A lot of this seemed to be common sense, but there were a few points I hadn't thought of.
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Great advice on how to deal with difficult children.
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Highly recommend this book if you have a child that acts older than his or her age!!
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Dr. James Dobson gives advice on how to handle a strong willed child so that the family does not always stay in turmoil and the child can be a loving part of the family.
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While I like Dr. Dobsons advice in general, I did not find much useful advice in this book. It was nice to know that my child was perfectly normal, and that I could expect to be using a lot of extra energy on her for a while. But I wasnt able to find anything to help me. I did find a chart for another child though.
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Dr. Dobson is an insightful and helpful leader for young families. My husband and I have three children only 1 of which would be considered strong-willed but he is a real challenge. This book was very helpful in learning more about our child and how to cope.
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Wonderful book! Very helpful & informative!
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A classic by Dr. James Dobson
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Very good
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This hardback with dust-cover book is from birth through adolescence. It covers parenting and solutions for children that are a little harder to handle than others. It is great for parents with an ADHD child.
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Well known, timeless...for the parent who needs another and effective parenting tool. But read with wisdom and discernment.
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Very helpful
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This book helped me when I began my journey with my "strong-willed child". It helped me to consider how to think about the child and how to intervene EFFECTIVE. I recommend it.
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I love most books by Dr. Dobson but this is one of his most helpful.
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An informative book.
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I think the worst part of this book is that he starts out with an example of how he handles his dog when he is strong willed. It was a bad omen. I would recommend "Raising Your Spirited Child" by Mary Sheedy Lurcinka instead. It's a much more respectful approach.
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If you have a child with ADHD...this is a great book for you. It gives you insight into your child's behaviors and how to discipline each type.
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"'The Strong-Willed Child' is a practical 'how-to' book on discipline and child-rearing, which focuses on sibling rivalry, hyperactivity, self-esteem, and the most common errors made by frustrated parents."
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The books was very informative. I upgraded to the New Strongwilled child.
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not at all a positive discipline book. if you cant hit an adult, why should you be able to hit a child?

try Dr. Sears books (the Discipline Book) or Positive Discipline or Raising Your Spirited Child...all much better than Dobson books.
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I must first admit I did not finish reading this book, but here's why: I have a very strong-willed 2 year old. While I know that most 2 year olds have some degree of strong will, my son is definitely strong willed, now at 2 and I'm sure he will be later on.

The book does not really give ANY good advice for young children who are strong-willed. It admits everything we know - that while we love them like crazy, our strong-willed children can also drive us crazy. Dr. Dobson admits that these children are very challenging to rear, and he says we must be absolutely consistent or they may get in a LOT of trouble later on in life, very likely even a lot of legal trouble. He tells us we must make sure to discipline these children, but...unfortunately that's all. In every instance in which he discusses toddlers, he gives a situation in which the child is just 'acting his age' and should not be disciplined. It's almost as if he thinks that toddlers are rarely, actually defiant. Well then I must say he has not met MY often defiant 2 year old. Dr. Dobson gives NO support whatsoever in loving but strong discipline of this kind of child. I was rather disappointed, to be honest, because I have heard so many good things about Dobson.
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Everyone with a strong willed child can use this advice.
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Absolutly fabulous book on raising children, especially those strong-willed ones!
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Practical how to book on discipline and child-rearing.
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I did not like it at all. I found it old fashioned and I felt that his approach is not a productive one. I don't like to be told when to spank my child. If you are not fond of old fashion forms of discipline-check out any book on positive discipline.
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I did not believe in anything this doctor said, but it's a matter of personal opinion.
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This is a copy that I obtained through paperbackswap.com. I have read it and am now reposting it for others. There is no dust jacket as I received the book without one.
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I hate anything this man wrote about raising children. He believes in beating them. My mother was always pushing these at me. Yes, children need respect and need to be heard.