About The Book


Bad Children Can Happen to Good Parents: A Survival Manual for Parents of Difficult Children offers hope for parents who have been forced to accept guilt for the antisocial behavior of their children.  It is a manual that challenges not only classical and modern psychology, but also puts an end to the popular myth, “There are no bad children, only bad parents.”

Readers will be introduced to the “Uncaring Child Syndrome” and “uncaring children.”  These terms are used interchangeably to characterize children who lack bonding and generally are disconnected from their caretakers.  Uncaring children lack a sense of guilt and remorse. They blame others for their problems, misconducts, and behaviors.  They are skillful manipulators who demonstrate a fixed pattern of blatant hostility, selfishness, irresponsibility, and callousness.

Many uncaring children are commonly diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder and other conduct maladies.  Although these diagnoses define some of the behavioral traits of children, uncaring children also have some of the character traits of adult antisocial personality disorder.  Therefore, diagnosing “uncaring children” requires specific data to diagnose this condition accurately.

Finally, help is available. Dr. Norman E. Hoffman – a highly regarded psychotherapist, president of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, and a board-certified mental health counselor specializing in the needs of problem children – gives us relief in knowing that bad children can happen to good parents.  Now, there is help and hope for those parents who are seeking to correct the maladaptive behavior of their children.