WSJ: How Machiavelli Saved My Family

Being permissive and nice hadn’t worked with my children. Begging, bartering, harassing and even politely asking hadn’t worked either. But perhaps a pragmatic, tough-minded Machiavellian strategy would. With “The Prince” in hand, I set out to become a full-fledged Machiavellian mom. I was soon following several of the great political adviser’s key maxims.

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