The New Strong-Willed Child

Narrated by: John Fuller
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (687 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Dr. James Dobson has completely rewritten, updated, and expanded his classic best seller The Strong-Willed Child for a new generation of parents and teachers. The New Strong-Willed Child follows on the heels of Dr. Dobson's phenomenal best seller Bringing Up Boys. It offers practical how-to advice on raising difficult-to-handle children and incorporates the latest research with Dr. Dobson's legendary wit and wisdom.

The New Strong-Willed Child is being rushed to press for parents needing help dealing with sibling rivalry, ADHD, low self-esteem, and other important issues. This audiobook is a must-listen for parents and teachers struggling to raise and teach children who are convinced they should be able to live by their own rules!

©2004 James C. Dobson, Inc. (P)2004 Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

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  • JG
  • 03-04-16

Answer to my prayers!

I was referred to this book by a friend when I was about to throw the towel in on homeschooling. I was frustrated and cried daily. My son was testing me every minute of every day and my children were fighting all the time. This book had me in tears...not sad tears but years of relief! It only took 2 days to get through this wonderful book. In these past 2 days I can see a difference in my household already!!!! Thank God for this book and Mr Dobson!

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Awesome

whether you think you have a strong-willed Child or not, I recommend it for any parent. Just a lot of good advice.

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just not helpful.

Dobson offers many anecdotes as to how things shouldn't be, and how they should, but few "hows." Also, stories are very narrow and don't really cover the true issues of a strong willed child. Authoritarian in nature, but not fully dealing with the heart and emotions of a child. I don't just want their obedience, but a true heart understanding of why. After reading How to Listen So little kids will talk and talk so little kids will listen by Adrienne Farber, she offered SO many helpful points that I was able to put in place immediately and see results from my 2 boys. I laughed at the examples she gave as many of them I had encountered and handled in a way that eas not helpful...then she offered solutions that made sense and I immediately played out...It was the first time I ever felt a sense of control over my emotions and kids and we had peace. I was so excited to read this book to get insights and found myself even more frustrated by hearing how Dobson delivered. This book was of little to no value to me.

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Great book

Much different than I expected but it was a pleasant surprise. I Will definitely recommend

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Some direction for parents

There is something in this book that can help any parent, of any child, of any age.

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Religion and hitting based

Many religious references. Also many stories involving hitting a child which has been proven to affect their mental development. NOT an approach that is successful for a strong willed child.

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Very helpful!

The interview with the moms of strong-willed children was very helpful. I've recommended this book to many of my friends. Every child has a strong will in some senses, but some are truly more challenging and Dr. Dobson offers sound advice for us as parents.

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So glad I chose the audio version!

Wonderful book. I chose this audiobook because I was wanted different ideas for raising my daughter. After reading this I felt encouraged and empowered. My favorite chapter was with the live interviews from one of his radio shows. I thoroughly enjoyed that addition.

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a real disappointment from Dobson.

another preachy sermon that gets real off topic, raising strong willed children, and just wants you to pray. no thanks. I'm in the real world and need real solutions. let me save you the time and money, you are already doing what Dobson may suggest, and he offers no New or Helpful techniques. he mainly wants you to spank, be firm, be loving and then pray and spank some more. That's about it.

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Evangelical Christian-based book

While there is nothing wrong with taking a Christian-based perspective to child raising, I do believe the fact this book relies solely on Christianity should have been included in the description. Those who are Jewish, Muslim or agnostic will likely feel disconnected when reading this book. If you want a book focused on raising a Strong-Willed child rather than stories about parents praying or “laying hands” on their children, I would suggest a myriad of other books available.

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  • Lisa K. Schaffnit
  • 02-27-20

Advocates smacking and prayer

I mistakenly purchased this, thinking was another book with a similar title. This book advocates smacking/spanking and laying hands on your child and praying away the bad, instead of offering any real solutions. "Spanking with love" is still spanking and still meets the legal definition of abuse.

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  • A Johnston
  • 11-22-17

Disgusted

It is never ok to hit a child. Was shocked, saddened and disgusted that such a respected author would condone and suggest such things.

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