If you have a friends who are expecting a child, this would be a great book to give them. It's full of good sense and a good counter to some of the sappy parenting advice that is out there all over the place.
Here's an interview with Betsy Hart about her book. You can get a feeling for her approach to parenting.
NRO: Aren't all parents pushovers to some degree? When/how did it become a problem?
Hart: Sure — we’re crazy about our kids. Every one of us gives into them, does something for them, or caters to them at some point when we know we probably shouldn’t. That’s hardly the end of the world. I’m just asking us parents to think about what’s the pattern and principle and expectation — and what’s the exception — in our homes.
It’s become more of a problem as we’ve come to idolize and idealize our kids over the last few generations. That’s thanks largely to the “parenting experts” who try to convince us, all evidence to the contrary, that children are born wise and selfless needing only parental cheerleading and encouragement, not a parent’s direction and authority.