This is an EXCELLENT parenting resource with realistic and practical ideas. The authors are 'real' about the biggest issues parents of young children face (bedtime wars, supermarket meltdows, refusing food, backseat battles, etc.) and their suggestions really work! I have a 19 month old, and he responds well to the techniques I've tried. My sister-in-law read the older version and has said that the number of meal time battles in her house is almost zero. There are tons of ideas and techniques, and if even ONE works, it will be worth it for you. It also has tons of "pearls" on how to deal with extremely specific issues, such as bossiness, refusing to go to church, allowance, bullies, refusing to brush teeth, stealing, etc.