Thursday, February 7, 2013

Book Review: You Can’t Make Me But I Can be Persuaded by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias

Parenting any child is not an easy task--but, parenting a strong willed child (SWC) takes parents and entire families on to even higher level adventures. Over the years, I have learned more than I ever cared to know about strong willed children and parenting tips for raising them. What was my review of You Can’t Make Me (But I Can be Persuaded) by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias?

About the Book

Cynthia Ulrich Tobias takes readers into the world of a Strong Willed Child. She offers tips and insights--and even distinguishing characteristics that help parents distinguish between other behavioral problems and strong will.

I received a complimentary ebook copy of this book for use in my review. All opinions are my own. 
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My Review

Readers can benefit from You Can’t Make Me (But I Can be Persuaded) by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias--even without a Strong Willed Child. Even if your child is not identified as an actual SWC--and the author does make distinctions--the parenting insights offered by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias prove valuable for various stages of child rearing. The author offers practical, common sense style tips and advice and discusses her many experiences raising her own strong willed child.

You Can’t Make Me (But I Can be Persuaded) offers one perspective to a difficult situation. This book is written from a Christian perspective--and such quotes and ideals appear throughout the book. The book is written simply and may offer a good starting point--or a different route for parents learning how to parent a Strong Willed Child.

Would I recommend You Can’t Make Me (But I Can be Persuaded). I disagreed with much of the author’s methods--but, I do not think there is ever a one size fits all parenting guide to strong willed children--or even to parenting in general. There are not a lot of new ideas presented by Tobias--and my parenting style and my willingness to change do not mesh with the author’s. I do think this book would help support parents of strong willed children--especially new parents--if used in combination with other resources and techniques. I certainly could not recommend this as “the one” book about SWC’s that you must read--it isn’t. It does offer valid ideas and perspectives that should not be overlooked and may be worth the read if your family is struggling with strong will and have not yet found your stride with it.

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