• The New Strong-Willed Child

  • By: James C. Dobson
  • Narrated by: John Fuller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (950 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 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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  • 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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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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Born again christian based

Was disappointed by the born again view point of this book. Especially since it wasn't mentioned in the description or reviews. The introduction tells how the author beat his recalcitrant dachshund with a belt??? Later on a mother tells how she had to discipline her 5 year old daughter by putting her in the garage! Then prays over her every day asking the holy spirit for guidance. Really???

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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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Avoid

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Christians, with no proclivity for critical thinking.

What could James C. Dobson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not written it.

Would you be willing to try another one of John Fuller’s performances?

Yes.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The New Strong-Willed Child?

Most.

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This is a terrible parenting book. If you have a strong-willed child, listen to this author's advice if you want your kid to get worse. It's premise is that kids want to fight with you. They don't. It's premise is that if you want your kid to behave, beat them, fight them and win, and ignore what they are saying. This is clearly ludicrous. This leads to your kids finding ways to hide what they are doing when they can, and fight with you the rest of the time. The books quotes the bible for parenting advice. The bible is a terrible book for parenting advice. Besides being thousands of years old, it's advice is based on strong-willed authors, that don't listen and can't learn. The author of this book gets defensive at times and says things like "John Locke" had it all wrong. John Locke died over 200 years ago. Are you kidding me? If you want to connect to your kids, ESPECIALLY, your strong-willed kids, try something like "How to Talk so Your Kids Will Listen. . " or "The Whole Brained Child". It is nice to hear the stories in Dobson's book to know I'm not alone in this challenge. It's also nice to know that I'm doing something right, as I'm doing very little of what the author recommends. Save yourself some heartache, read this book only if you want to know how "not" to parent.

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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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Good balance for parenting

this book was a good balance between the positive parenting movement and the firm discipline of our grandparents. I think modern parents struggle to find a balance and dr. Dobson delivered with the new strong-willed child book. while he doesn't say that we need to spank our kids nor does he say we need to affirm them with positive encouragement, I walked away feeling like I had the tools to control myself when those instances arise when I'm dealing with my strong-willed child and she's winning the battle. before I felt like I didn't know what to do with the child beforehand, before things got out of hand. I think he gave me the tools to correct her and to give her warnings and then to discipline. the most helpful part was the warning that if you do this, this is what's going to happen. with the positive parenting they always focused on ME counting to ten and ME as the parent walking away or Me as the parent doing something about myself when I don't feel like I'm the one that's the strong-willed person here. I'm the grown-up and the child needs to listen.! I feell like the positive movement takes away my power and dr. Dobson in this book helps me to regain that power. It says I am not crazy. but I'm dealing with a child that needs me to be sane.there were so many times when I would just explode because I couldn't handle it anymore. I couldn't even measure or notice my anger rise until she would do something deliberately disrespectful. and in those moments I had no idea how to control myself. in the last three days since listening to this book, I have had zero of those moments. when the thermometer spiked up on my anger with her, I knew exactly how to handle it. and really there weren't any of those spikes because I had given her her warning and I told her what I expected of her and if she did it she expected something to happen. The look on her face diffused me. I was almost prepared for it. the preparation helped keep those spikes of anger at a minimum. that is how I had self-control. because I watched and I waited for her to deliberately disobey and she did. it was no longer an uncontrolled fit of anger or rage and sobbing afterwards because I lost control of myself;, in the last three days, my experiences have been: " now let me see if she's going to do it", and then my reactions are calculated. that's the best thing I can say about this book. It gave me control by forcing me to Warn, Wait and Waatch

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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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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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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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  • 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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  • Susan
  • 02-02-22

A game changer for my home

Wow, I have read a lot about strong willed children, but this book aced it!! The hopelessnes and despair when dealing with a child that just seems to defy everything that's being said for their own good is gone. it has turned to hope, confidence and courage. I'm at rest now. Thank you for this. Already we are having good progress.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-25-22

Too religious and non gentle for me

Would like a refund
Too religious centered for me, I don’t believe praying for the child will help me

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-22

Much needed advice…

Thank you Dr. Dobson, Tyndale and Audible for making this audio book available. The book has been recommended to me over and over along with other titles from Dr.Dobson in the hopes of raising my strong willed 5yo son without giving up on not only him but my own life as well. This book is as encouraging as it is insightful and a welcome instruction for our home. Since implementing many of the strategies from this teaching my husband and I have seen a monumental improvement in our son and home life is much more peaceful and joyful. I find it hard to read books without yawning every few minutes so the audio version was a great way for me to get through it. Thanks again and God Bless, Strong Willed Mama.