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Summary

Unfortunately, children don’t come with operating instructions, so raising even the most compliant kids can sometimes be disconcerting. Acknowledging that some youngsters are more challenging than others, Dr. James Dobson offers real help with establishing parent-child relationships, maintaining sanity, and banishing guilt. A Doctor of Philosophy in child development and the founder of the international organization Focus on the Family, Dr. Dobson has become one of America’s most respected family therapists. Drawing on a landmark study of 35,000 parents, as well as on his experience as both a professional and a parent, the author offers valuable advice on every aspect of parenting. This insightful best-seller offers parents the opportunity to find fulfillment in every stage of parenting, from bringing children into the world to letting them go. Narrator John McDonough’s reassuring voice inspires a healthy dose of parenting confidence.

©1987 James C. Dobson (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC

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excellent

must read for all parents and intending parents.
good gift to share with friends and family

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  • Steve
  • 26-12-11

Another winner for Dobson (no surprises there)

Would you listen to Parenting Isn’t for Cowards again? Why?

Yes. Good info, practical advise.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Parenting Isn’t for Cowards?

Excellent production - easy to listen to.

Which scene was your favorite?

This is non-fiction - there are no scenes

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Realistic advise - they understand the difficulties in parenthood and don't minimize them.

Any additional comments?

A lot goes into Dr Dobson's work - not just a few examples but thousands (or more).

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  • elaine
  • 27-06-17

Great book by Dr. Dobson!

Great book by Dr. Dobson! The narrator was very good except for mispronouncing "Danae" (Da-nay).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-17

Very Good Read

I strongly recommend this book for any parent and to maybe read it over again when feeling discouraged as a parent.....we aren't perfect, this book however encourages you to keep working and points out how "normal" it is to feel defeated, but to never loose heart. The only negative is if you have read other Parenting Books by Dr. Dobson, such as, "The Strong Willed Child" & "Bringing Up Boys", it does repeat some of the same stories/examples. But they can always be reiterated!

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  • Forest Hoyt
  • 17-02-17

thanks to God for the kids in our lives

this book reminds us, as parents we only have our kids for a small time

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  • RDR Cohen
  • 26-08-12

closed minded, dated, sexist, and abusive

What disappointed you about Parenting Isn’t for Cowards?

I could barely listen to this book. The sample given has a cute story that made me buy the book. The next five minutes after the sample the author basically lumps homosexuality in with hard drug use as deviant behavior. He also thinks you should hit your kids to teach them who is boss. If you want to raise your kids that way and you want cute stories to go with it here is the book for you.

What was most disappointing about James Dobson’s story?

His closed mind

What does John McDonough bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

he is a good reader.

What character would you cut from Parenting Isn’t for Cowards?

the author.

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