The book itself is great! The eBook process isn't.
August 19, 2011
First off, this book has been a godsend to my wife and I. We were at the end of our rope, and this book has done a great job of showing us that we are not alone, and helping us take steps to correct our son's behavior.
The eBook process, however, was terrible. At first I couldn't even find where to download the book. When I finally did find it, I ran into more trouble. I am a Mac user, and I wanted to transfer the book to my Nook reader. Since the book is tied to Adobe digital rights management, and they don't provide a Mac app, it was impossible. I had to start up Parallels and boot a Windows virtual machine in order to install the Adobe software. Once there, I found out that there are a limited number of times that I can transfer the book to a new machine. If I change computers a few times in the next 5 years or so, I may lose access to the book. This is a terrible user experience, and should most definitely be avoided. I would recommend against buying the eBook because the digital rights management attached to it make it a terrible experience.
I started really looking forward to reading this book, but was very disappointed at the time spent on talking about dogs not knowing who the boss was. I think that most of the discussion about the problem children did not stem from a lack of children knowing who the boss was but from a lack of understanding on the parents part. Check out Green instead.
The book was well written and easy to read, I found it hard to put down.
The book gave wonderful understanding on the subject and practical ideas of how to change the situation it also encouraged me that if I stayed consistant that it would get better (and after time it did!). When I applied the lessons I learned from reading the book I actually became a better parent to my very strong willed child.
I first read the book 16 years ago when it was recommended to me by a friend, the new book has added information and is just a good, even better. I am passing this book on to another friend with small children.
When my oldest son started exhibiting very strong willed traits, I read this book at least once a year every year until he was 16 years old. It was such a valuabale tool. Now, as I see my young grandchildren also showing their strong wills, I wanted to get the book for their parents. I was very happy to see that it had been updated to meet the challenges of the "new strong willed" child.
Great book! It makes you feel better knowing that your not alone with the challange's of a strong willed child,and has great advise on how to treat these children with the love and attention they need and deserve.