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The New Strong-Willed Child: Birth through Adolescence
by Dr. James Dobson
© 2004
(Tyndale House Publishers: Wheaton, IL) All rights reserved [213 pages]
[Answer 11 of 15 questions correctly to receive
12 hours of Continuing Education credit]


Chapter 1: The Wild and Woolly Will (p. 1-12)
1. When there are two children in the family
a. both tend to be compliant.
b. both tend to be defiant.
c. one is likely to be compliant and the other defiant.
d. they will both likely require the same effort to raise.

Chapter 3: What Makes Them the Way They Are (p. 35-48)

2. Contrary to the popular notion that children are “blank slates” at birth upon which their personalities will be written by their environment and experience, classic research by _______ reported that babies are born with clear temperamental differences which tend to persist throughout childhood. Identified were the “difficult child”, the “easy child”, and the “slow to warm up (shy)” child.
a. John Caldwell Holt in his book Escape from Childhood
b. Stella Chess and Alexandra Thomas in their book Know Your Child
c. Karen Gatewood
d. Raymond Corsini and Genevieve Painter

3. According to Dr. Dobson’s study of 35,000 parents, which is TRUE
about strong-willed children?

a. Birth order has nothing to do with being strong-willed or compliant.
b. Compared with compliant children, strong-willed children tend to do worse academically, are less socially-adjusted, and have lower self-esteem.
c. Strong-willed children tend to calm down when they become young adults.
d. all of the above

Chapter 4: Shaping Your Will (p. 49-63)

4. The author views the parental behaviors of harshness, meanness, threatening, and criticizing as
a. occasionally necessary and effective with very hard-to-manage children.
b. especially successful with difficult teenagers.
c. supported by specific Bible passages.
d. destructive and unnecessary.

5. Dr. Dobson emphasizes the importance of punishing for willful defiance and not for childish irresponsibilities. If a mother is unsure whether or not her son behaved in a disrespectful manner, she should
a. clarify what behavior is and is not acceptable and take action the next time it happens.
b. go ahead and punish him anyway.
c. assume he meant no harm.
d. wait until his father gets home.

Chapter 5: Protecting the Spirit (p. 65-76)

6. A child’s sense of worth and value can be diminished by damaging remarks, which can be remembered for a lifetime. If a father is becoming angry to the point of blurting out such remarks, he should
a. finish disciplining his child and then go and calm down.
b. immediately remove himself from the situation until he calms down.
c. say what he has to say and apologize later if necessary.
d. blame his child’s misbehavior for him losing his temper.

Chapter 6: The Most Common Mistake (p. 77-91)

7. After Debbie’s mother became frustrated with getting her ready for school in the morning, she created a system of “checkpoints” where Debbie circled “Yes” or “No” for behaviors completed by a certain time. Failure to complete these behaviors on time resulted in
a. Debbie missing school for a day.
b. being grounded for a day.
c. going to bed earlier that night.
d. her mother firmly squeezing her trapezius muscle.     

Chapter 7: Gearing Discipline to the Needs of the Children (p. 93-117) 
8. According to Harvard University’s Preschool Project for children between the ages of 8 and 18 months, ________ is vital to the child’s development of foundational linguistic, intellectual, and social skills.
a. play
b. live language
c. boundaries
d. visual stimulation

Chapter 8: Corporal Punishment and the Strong-Willed Child (p. 119-138)

9. Out of a sincere concern for the well-being of children, rising opposition to spanking has occurred because of the claim that spanking a child is abusive and contributes to adult dysfunction. But according to the article “To Spank of Not to Spank” by Dr. Trumbull and Dr. Ravenel, this is not true because
a. 70 to 90 percent of parents of preschoolers use spanking, yet the incidence of physical child abuse in America is about 5 percent.
b. there is a clear distinction between an appropriate, mild and measured swat to the defiant child’s buttocks and impulsive, indiscriminant lashing out, slapping, kicking, punching, and beating.
c. a study by Dr. Diana Baumrind of parents with children 3 to 9 years old showed that parents who use a balance of firm control (including spanking) and positive encouragement experience the most favorable outcome in their children over parents who use excessive punishment with less encouragement and over permissive parents who use little punishment and no spanking.
d. all of the above

10. The proper procedure for a spanking includes
a. using it only when the child has received as much encouragement and praise for good behaviors as correction for misbehavior.
b. using it only after the child has resisted verbal correction, time-out, and logical consequences.
c. forewarning the child, giving no more than 1 or 2 spanks to the buttocks in private, and then embracing the child warmly afterwards.
d. all of the above

Chapter 10: The Strong-Willed Adolescent (p. 151-186)

11. The best explanation for why a teenager who was normally cheerful and compliant suddenly becomes volatile and irrational is
a. long-term exposure to the negative influence of MTV.
b. just plain old-fashioned rebellion and stubbornness.
c. hormonal surges and unfinished brain development (the part that makes sound judgments and calms emotions).
d. the need for independence and self-reliance.

12. The best way to prepare teenagers for their adult freedom and independence is
a. beginning when they are toddlers, don’t do anything for them that they can do for themselves.
b. teach them how to responsibly manage money, especially the use of a credit card.
c. make sure they have a car, even if you have to buy it yourself.
d. have no restrictions on them during their senior year in high school.

13. When introducing our children to Jesus Christ, the author strongly recommends acquainting our children with ________ as a strong deterrence to making immoral decisions.
a. God as a loving and merciful Father
b. God’s judgment and wrath, hell, and the consequences of sin
c. the Old Testament story of Sampson
d. the New Testament story of The Prodigal Son

14. When Dr. Dobson’s daughter was a teenager, she would repeatedly confiscate his razor, shaving cream, toothpaste, or comb. Dr. Dobson resolved this problem by
a. grounding her for a day.
b. taking away phone privileges for a day.
c. assigning additional chores for a day.
d. confiscating her toothbrush, comb, and hair-dryer.

Chapter 11: Dealing with the ADHD Child (p. 187-203)

15. In regard to prescription medications for children and adults with ADHD, this chapter supports which of the following statements?
a. Seventy to ninety-five percent of ADHD patients benefit from medication in the short term.
b. Medications reduce disruptive behavior dramatically, improve school performance, and raise IQ test scores.
c. Ritalin, Concerta, Strattera, Dexedrine and Adderall have a remarkably positive effect in most cases.
d. all of the above