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Reviewed By Hanley Foundation Prevention Specialist Jen Venuto

The definition of a coward is a person who lacks the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things. This book will illustrate that parenting calls for the opposite.  As parents, you will need to be fearless, confident, and resolute.  Dr. Dobson will compare the strong-willed child to the compliant child and offer practical techniques for raising both.  

He emphasizes the idea that control and power are the goals of many children.  Understanding this concept, he shares 16 strategies frequently used to gain power over another person.  

Parents of young children will enjoy the information on being content with the child they have been given rather than trying to change the personality of the child, the importance of “taking charge early” as a leader in your family and keeping your sense of humor. 

Another topic included is parental exhaustion, its dangers and ways to avoid. Special advice is shared regarding the adolescent years and the book ends with a discussion about letting go when the time comes.