Being a "perfect" parent and always knowing how to handle difficult situations with your child(ren) is impossible. However, with the help of Elizabeth Pantley's Perfect Parenting: The Dictionary of 1,000 Parenting Tips, you will become better prepared.
Perfect Parenting consists of three books divided into three parts. The book lists common problems and situations that may occur while raising children. The situations are alphabetized for easy reference. Pantley takes a situation such as CHORES, how to get them done, and gives an example situation, followed by Think About It, giving you, the parent, encouragement to act, ending with several solutions to try. If you don't like one or two solutions, try another. Her actions are short and brief which makes her books easy to refer to when a problem arises. There is so much great information in this book. If you are a parent, buy it.