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The Key to Your Child's Heart [Paperback]

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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 12, 2003
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0849943949  
EAN  9780849943942  
UPC  023755021304  

Availability  138 units.
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Item Description...
"Raise Motivated, Obedient, and Loving Children"

A repeat bestseller for two decades, this child-rearing classic cuts to the heart of the anger and alienation that mar so many modern homes. In this ultimately practical book, Gary Smalley outlines effective steps for parents to open up a child that has shut them out. He describes family-tested ways for parents to set limits and enforce them, and he reveals the simple but powerful secret for achieving a close-knit family. Learn proven parenting methods that can spell the difference between an angry, rebellious, distant child and a happy, cooperative one.

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More About Gary Smalley

Gary Smalley Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Dance and The Promise with Gary Smalley, as well as The Unfinished Gift, The Discovery, and The Reunion. He has won three Carol Awards, and two of his novels were finalists for RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year for 2011 and 2012. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. Learn more at
Gary Smalley is one of the country's best known authors and speakers on family relationships. He is the bestselling and award-winning author or coauthor of 16 books, along with several popular films and videos. He has spent over 30 years learning, teaching, and counseling, speaking to over 2 million people in live conferences. Smalley has appeared on national television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Extra, The Today Show, and The Sally Jessy Raphael Show, as well as numerous national radio programs. Gary and his wife, Norma, have been married for 50 years and live in Colorado.

Gary Smalley currently resides in Branson, in the state of Missouri.

Gary Smalley has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Enfoque a la Familia
  2. LifeChange
  3. Nelson Pocket: Crianza de los Hijos
  4. Restoration (Flemming H. Revell)
  5. Safe Harbor

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
typical fundamentalist stuff  Jun 19, 2006
A standard guide to fundamentalist parenting: beat the heck out of your kid's hind end and then give him
a bible lecture while the sting is wearing off.
For those who insist on spankings, Dobson, Leman, and the early Sears are all at least reasonable. Smalley is on the level of Abu Grahib discipline.
Sad  Apr 10, 2005
I find it so sad that people can justify almost anythng under the name of god. The person writing this book is just that - a person. Because he's written a book, this seems to make it ok to beat our children. You can call it spanking or any other name but you are still hitting someone you supposedly love. To say nothing of the humiliation to our children. He holds court in his house, to make sure things remain fair. Will he except it when he's made a mistake and his children tell him to drop his pants, lay on his stomach and beat him with a paddle.
The Key to Your Child's Heart  Sep 15, 2004
I've often heard said that the key to a man's heart is through his stomach. So, I guess it follows that the key to a child's heart is via beating his/her backside?

If your Jesus would advocate hurting another human being for some greater good, I don't want to know your Jesus.
take it with a grain of salt  Oct 29, 2002
Overall,I believe that the book provides some good commonsense
advice.I do not doubt Dr. Smalley's credentials or his sincerity.However,I have a major with Smalley's overemphasis on the importance of spanking.In fact,the spanking method smalley used on his own kids was much more harsh,cruel,and potential injurious than anything advocated by Dr. Dobson.
Dobson's idea of spanking is a maximum of three light strokes with a switch.Smalley would force his kids to lie flat on their stomachs on a bed,and then he would paddle them at least until they cried.My friends who paddle their kids make them bend over a chair,and never use more than 4 or 5 swats.Forcing a kid to lie on his/her stomach and then insisting on making him/her cry is foolish,especially for kids with tough seats who resist crying.Smalley's advice could inadvertantly lead to abuse.Smalley did not mention whether he did it bare bottom or not,but parents who choose to paddle their kids bare and use Smalley's technique could very easily bruise their childen.It is obvious from the doctor's description of the punishments that his kids were terrified of him and his spankings.The eldest child got in trouble with the law as a teenager.I was only whipped in school,not at home,and I was never arrested-case in point.I was better behaved and a better student than Smalley's heavily spanked oldest.Be careful with this stuff.Only very strong and resilient kids can be tortured like this without harm.
My parenting textbook  Feb 6, 2001
This is the book I turn to every time I have an issue with my kids that needs to be resolved, or even when I just need to be re-ignited with a passion for pouring my life into my kids. Besides his easy-flowing, excellent writing, the principles he teaches are unbeatable. Unlike the other reviewer who disliked the lists, I found them to actually be a helpful part of the book and I didn't skip over them as I tend to skip over lists in other books.

Yes, Gary is an advocate of spanking, which I will make no comment on here other than to say that I also believe in it. But throughout the whole book, including the parts about spanking, it is so easy to see the tender, loving parent that he was/is, as he encourages me to be as well. I was actually encouraged by the creative types of discipline that he suggested as well.

I've decided to read this book again every year as my children enter new phases of life so that I will be able to remind myself of these principles and apply them to my changing family. Thank you, Gary, for your encouraging wisdom!


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