Quick Review: Raising Lions by Joe Newman

Children of today are confident and powerful than previous generations. Raising Lions calls for parenting with powerful boundaries.

The Omnipotence Phase

The phase of Omnipotence (from 14 months to around 2 years) is when children haven’t yet discovered that others have willpower too. A stage of conflict. Today’s children exits this phase less fully than previous generations. The longer a child stay in this phase after the age of 3 the higher the risk of developing behaviors what could be diagnosed as a disorder. Something we in The West likes to threat with chemicals.

Joe Newman doesn’t think this have to be the case. Instead should coach kids through the omnipotence phase by setting firm boundaries with clear consequences.

Notes and Highlights

📝 “This is just the way he/she is.” Maybe not. Look at the child’s environment. Is there anything that encourages the child’s behavior? How are the adults acting?

📝 “The accumulation of so many moments when adults has yielded their wishes and desires to the wishes and desires of the child results in an imbalance towards children developing power over connection.”

📝 Rather small consequence immediately, than big consequences in the future. A 1-min pause now is a better consequence than canceling a cinema visit next week.

📝 Children need to learn to deal with the frustrations of not getting what they want.

📝 If your home is a place of unlimited choices, then don’t be surprised if your kid doesn’t like school!

📝 “Giving children choices about some things is fine. But there should be many things during a child’s day when they don’t have a choice.”

📝 It’s common to reason too much with toddlers. For toddlers action mean more than words.


The parents job is to make sure inappropriate behavior has no reward. Be the coach not the opponent. Most importantly: “Always do what you say, 100 percent of the time”.

💥 IMPLEMENTATION of Raising Lions

I picked up this book because I looked for a book to help me with some issues I had with my 4-year-old sons behavior; Not listening, hitting me, and throws temper tantrums for not getting what he wants.
I used the technique from this book— action/consequences, pauses, and even holding when my son threw real tantrums. It really worked and we have a much calmer home situation now. Most importantly, my son seems more calm, happy and confident.

⚖️ BOOK VERDICT: Raising Lions

Raising Lions is to-the-point and filled with great examples. A worthy read for parents and teachers who struggle with behavioral problems. But be aware: I’m easily impressed, especially when it’s the first time I read something in a new genre. I’m experimenting with the ideas from this books right now and I will find out if it worked in 18 years or so!

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ out of 5

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