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Machiavelli for Moms

Machiavelli for Moms

Maxims on the Effective Governance of Children*

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A mother of four, Suzanne Evans is fed up with tantrums, misbehavior, and general household chaos. Desperate to get the upper hand, she turns to Machiavelli’s famous sixteenth-century political treatise, The Prince, and wonders: Can Machiavelli’s rules on warfare and statecraft be suc­cessfully applied to parenting?

Using The Prince as a guide, Evans embarks on an unlikely experiment in “power parenting” and quickly learns that Machiavellian maxims can go a long way when running a kingdom—and a household.

• Study the actions of illustrious men: How to lead by example.

• It is dangerous to be overly generous: A good ruler sets limits.

• It is better to be feared than loved: Sometimes a leader has to be a meanie to ensure the security and obedience of the people.

Heralded as a “funny, creative, new parenting guide” (, Machiavelli for Moms offers one woman’s unorthodox approach to modern motherhood—and stands as a manifesto for other moms willing to act on Machiavelli’s sometimes shocking but ever practical advice.
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  • Touchstone | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451699586 | 
  • April 2014
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Machiavelli for Moms I

The Prince and the Promise: Or, What Machiavelli Can Do for You
What if I told you that your children—yes, your children, the ones currently jumping on their beds, slamming doors, tossing fistfuls of cereal on the floor, and bickering, whining, shrieking, fighting, or otherwise trying to kill each other—could be well behaved?

Not just “well behaved,” but really and truly obedient... see more



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