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You Can't Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded), Revised and Updated Edition: Strategies for Bringing Out the Best in Your Strong-Willed Child | [Cynthia Tobias]

You Can't Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded), Revised and Updated Edition: Strategies for Bringing Out the Best in Your Strong-Willed Child

Many parents suspect their strong-willed child is deliberately trying to drive them crazy. Difficult to discipline and seemingly impossible to motivate, these children present unique, exhausting, and often-frustrating challenges to the those who love them. But strong will is not a negative trait. These same children have firm convictions, high spirits, a sense of adventure - all the makings of a great adult. In this book you'll discover how to channel that determination in positive ways as you build a healthy relationship.
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Publisher's Summary

Turn conflict into cooperation....

Many parents suspect their strong-willed child is deliberately trying to drive them crazy. Difficult to discipline and seemingly impossible to motivate, these children present unique, exhausting, and often-frustrating challenges to the those who love them.

But strong will is not a negative trait. These same children have firm convictions, high spirits, a sense of adventure - all the makings of a great adult. In this book you'll discover how to channel that passion and determination in positive ways as you build a healthy relationship. Through insights gained from strong-willed people of all ages, you'll...

  • Better understand how their minds really work.
  • Discover positive ways to motivate your strong-willed child.
  • Learn how to share control without compromising parental authority.
  • Apply key tactics to survive a meltdown.
  • Get practical tips for parents who disagree, blended families, and single parents.

Packed with immediately useful strategies to drastically reduce the level of tension in the home (or in the classroom), You Can't Make Me shows how you can start today to build a stronger, more positive relationship with your strong-willed child.

Includes...

  • Top Ten Tips for Bringing Out the Best in a Strong-Willed Child of Any Age
  • A Strong-Willed Child Emergency Kit

©2012 Cynthia Tobias (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"I love the practical strategies and valuable insights from the hearts and lives of strong-willed kids—including Cynthia herself! You'll definitely want to make this book part of your parenting library." (Dr. Kevin Leman, New York Times best-selling author of Have a New Kid by Friday)

"In You Can't Make Me, Cynthia Tobias provides help and hope for all of us with a strong-willed child of any age. Her extremely practical and time-tested tips will show you how to provide the strong-willed child love balanced with limits, relationship balanced with rules, coaching balanced with cheerleading, and discipleship balanced with discipline. This book will be worth its weight in gold to you and your strong-willed child." (Walt Larimore, MD, best-selling author of God's Design for the Highly Healthy Teen and Why A.D.H.D. Doesn't Mean Disaster)

"Parenting was never designed to be easy, and parenting a strong-willed child can be daunting. Cynthia Tobias has written a book designed to encourage parents to celebrate their children - yes, even if they are strong willed! I love how she has provided tried and true strategies that will bring out the best in our children. Her inclusion of stories from parents who are "in the trenches" serves to remind us that successful parenting is possible for all of us. I love Cynthia's wisdom, but her heart for children made me love this book!" (Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated talk-show host)

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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 01-06-14
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 01-06-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Don't let religious comments keep you away."

    I highly recommend this book. I found it very, very helpful in understanding and dealing more more effectively with my strong-willed daughter. I also realised I was a stong-willed child myself (this surprised no one but me).

    Another reviewer criticised this book for its religious references. I'm agnostic and had no problem with them. The book is not riddled with hard-core religiosity, so don't let what is really a non-issue keep you away from a very helpful parenting tool. That said, if you are just sitting around and waiting to be offended, cut the author a break and read something else.

    Happy reading.

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    Michelle Licking, MO, United States 03-18-13
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    "Great advice from a mom & SWC!!"
    What made the experience of listening to You Can't Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded), Revised and Updated Edition the most enjoyable?

    Very good advice, and she leaves it in your hands as to how you will implement. She really drives home the point of how to better handle a strong-willed child!


    What other book might you compare You Can't Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded), Revised and Updated Edition to and why?

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    Which character – as performed by Cynthia Tobias – was your favorite?

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes...but it is best to pause and make notes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hugh Gardendale, AL, United States 04-01-13
    Hugh Gardendale, AL, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very good book with very helpful techniques."
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    The techniques were great. I'm looking forward to using them on my SWC. It also helped me understand my daughter better.


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    Laughed many times through the book.


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