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Newly remarried, with four kids under the age of eight, Suzanne Evans is fed up with tantrums, misbehaving, and general household chaos. Desperate to get the upper hand, she turns to Machiavelli’s iconic political treatise, The Prince, and inspiration strikes. Maybe, she thinks, I can use his manipulative rules to bring order to my boisterous family.

Soon her experiment be
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Published April 9th 2013 by Touchstone
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Jul 02, 2014 Tanya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I think I saw this in a LA Times review and it piqued my interest. I felt this to be an honest book which described the personal challenges of parenting that the author experienced. I may not have the same difficulties as she has had, but there are parts of the book that have me food for thought about how we are raising our kids. A quote that sticks with me, because it is so honest, is: "very few people are willing to admit that parenting can be and sometimes is a burdens, especially for those o ...more
Philosophy, history & parenthood makes up this insightful book.
Aug 15, 2013 Rita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a load of #####! I was hoping this book would give some direction to help the chaos in my daughter's life with a full time job, a husband and three kids. After reading it, I realize what an incredible job my daughter does despite her chronic tiredness and feeling there is not enough of her to go around.

This author put her young children in timeout for prolonged periods of time. What? Kids respond to the process; long term seclusion is rather extreme and retributional. This lady author had l
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Nov 05, 2013 Denise Morse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What a quick read! The book and the author really resonated with me even though we have very different lives and struggles. Her story is not just about her experiment with some Machiavelli techniques but her struggles with raising stepchildren, dealing with divorce and a child with special needs. Although I am a child of divorce and could easily sympathize with her and her children s struggles, i do not have a special needs child. That being said, it was so touching to hear her raw and personal ...more
Nov 02, 2015 Nada rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interestingly written. I did enjoyed it, and benefited from it, too. 5/5 :)
Devina Salim
I was expecting such less light read. Plenty of philosophies here. However it's a different and unique reference / insight about how to raise your kids that have driven you nuts. Good luck moms.
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway on March 18th and I have yet to receive this book.
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Aug 26, 2013 Christine Wallbom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intelligent, fun read
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Suzanne Evans is a former divorce lawyer and business and sports reporter who holds a Ph.D. in history from UC Berkeley. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Business Journal, and other national publications. She was also a freelance writer for The History Channel website and is the creator of The History Chef, a popular food history blog for parents ...more
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