You Can't Make Me (but I Can Be Persuaded)

You Can't Make Me (but I Can Be Persuaded)

Strategies For Bringing Out The Best In Your Strong-willed Child

Audiobook CD - 2012
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It's easy to recognize a strong-willed child. Difficult to discipline, at times impossible to motivate, strong-willed children present unique, frustrating, and often exhausting challenges to those who care for them. But now, the miracle parents long for can happen. Offering new hope, achievable goals, and a breath of fresh air to families and teachers, Cynthia Tobias explains how the mind of a strong-willed child works, and how to use that information to the child's best advantage.
Publisher: [Westminister, MD] : Books on Tape, [2012]
Edition: Rev. and updated ed.
ISBN: 9780449808320
0449808327
Characteristics: 3 sound discs (3 hr., 33 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

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jolynng
Sep 27, 2018

Enjoyed this book and the frank perspective of the author, a self-proclaimed "strong-willed (adult) child" who also raised her own "strong-willed child" (SWC). It was, at times, enlightening. The book offers a glimpse into possible thinking of a child (often "you can't make me") and also offers some very practical suggestions for the parent (or teacher or other adult in the situation) to deal with behavior that can be seen as negative, such as simply changing the demand of a particular behavior into a request, to offer alternative options, and the necessity to have the child invested in the outcome of a given situation. Children do have a choice, and the natural consequences that come with the choice must follow (Example: child chooses not to do homework, therefore their grade suffers). It sounds much too simple, but the attitude and approach of the parent is what makes the difference here. Having this pointed out candidly may be all it takes for a parent to recognize their impact on a situation and to make a positive change. There are several biblical scripture references, but the advice and suggestions are practical for anybody, regardless of religious preference. I would highly recommend for any parent of a SWC, and also recommend for teachers and adults working with youth in any capacity. It would also be a good book even for parents and SIBLINGS of ADULT strong-willed children. I like the author’s suggestion of using the book as a tool to help open the door to reconciliation between a disjointed parent and adult child whose relationship has suffered the sometimes devastating effects of the common dynamics between parent and strong-willed child.

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GHsMama
Aug 29, 2016

Relied too much on Christianity.

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Sep 27, 2018

jolynng thinks this title is suitable for 21 years and over

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