2 out of 4 stars
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Stubborn Children by Norio Ando is a non-fiction guide about how to help children become more agreeable and relaxed. The author introduces some practical methods which can be used to relax children, allowing parents to make their children flexible and less rigid. The author uses a simple style to write his arguments, thereby attempting to easily persuade the reader that his methods are successful.
As soon as he introduces the book, the writer explores the meaning of relaxed pleasure. He explains that a happy, relaxed child is more agreeable and flexible, thus he/she can be more obedient towards his/her parents. He also introduces the idea of three emotions, claiming these emotions are tensioned emotion, excited emotion, and relaxed emotion. The author claims that a stubborn child displays excessive tensioned emotion, so that must be counterbalanced with excitement and relaxation. He also states that autism, hyperactivity, and other disorders arise from an imbalance of emotions, which distorts the child’s personality. Moving on, the writer gives the reader some treatment methods. For instance, by tickling a child to make him/her laugh and then letting him/her rest, the parent elicits relaxed pleasure on the child, which can make him/her more flexible.
There were many positive characteristics in this guide. Firstly, the book was fabulously structured, as a logical, coherent, and rational flow was maintained throughout the text. Moreover, the book was original, as the writer’s ideas were unique and creative. What I liked most in the text was that it contained diagrams and figures, which added vividness to the text, helping the reader understand the author’s treatment methods.
However, I also disliked a few things in this book. More analytically, the book was poorly edited, as I encountered several grammatical mistakes in the text. In other words, the guide must go through more professional editing before being published. What I disliked most in this book was its monotonous mood, as the writer repeated himself, thereby creating a boring, uninteresting, and repetitive atmosphere in the text.
This book is best suited for parents who have stubborn, disobedient children. Mothers will especially appreciate this book, as the author gives plenty of advice to mothers in the text. Both religious and non-religious readers may enjoy this guide.
All in all, I rate this book with 2 out of 4 stars. I did not give it more stars because it was unprofessionally edited and monotonous. Nonetheless, I could not remove the final star due to the book’s excellent structure and originality.
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