I thought it was perfectly informative, humorous, pleasant, and non-judgmental, as the author classifies herself as a SWC (strong-willed child), with a SWC son of her own. I could see myself and my son in many of her stories. I think this book can be helpful to parents of strong-willed children of all ages, as it discusses how to help the toddler, school-age, and teenage child. I appreciate that it wasnâ€™t a â€œHow to fix your problem childâ€ book, but rather a â€œHow to bring out the best in your amazingly passionate childâ€
Most helpful of all, I feel empowered with a new sense of how to talk to strong willed childrenâ€”which questions to ask, how to direct instead of force, and what phrases to avoid, as now I understand that he still needs to have some control and choice in all matters.
Instead of seeing my boy as my exhausting challenge, I see him as a great force that is capable of things that others arenâ€™t, as in â€œthe very traits and characteristics that get the SWC in trouble are the ones that could potentially change the worldâ€ (p. 97).
I think this book is a great resource and a great parenting tool for new parents, and even experienced ones. I will be recommending it friends of mine also looking for help in raising their own little â€œrocketsâ€.