An inordinately long treatise on instilling self-discipline and self-control in children, with the parent as teacher guiding in goal selection and achievement through use of rewards and other reinforcing techniques -- in which italics serve to prop up the drooping eyelids. The authors promise specifics, but there are few case histories, although the concluding section does isolate model problems for three age groups. The emphasis throughout is on encouraging the child to reach attainable goals through insistence on performance which will establish a satisfying base of skill or knowledge, presumably leading to further attainment. The problem of John's failing marks for example is approached by means of a flexible-but-firm schedule in which viewing of a favorite TV program is contingent upon completion of school work. The authors also discuss the severity of certain discipline and personality problems and offer guidelines for seeking aid and getting the most from it. ""Reasonable efforts"" is the key here, but even to parents not cowed by the responsibility of constantly and consistently making decisions, of seeing goals beyond the flying corn flakes -- this seems an overly grim and gauche presentation.