WSJ's Saturday Essay: How Machiavelli Saved My Family Well, this was certainly an interesting read. I liked the idea of how she and her husband got away from the kids for the weekend and I can see (in context) how the "time out" with the Down Syndrome child could be a good idea. And I understand the need "to take control" in the home. I'm curious if people here think the $10 bill idea would work with kids who DEMAND that they get something when they go to Target, Walmart, etc. But some of the other examples, I'm not so sure about the long term results or what would happen in the next case she tries a Machiavellian idea. Turning the kids (who are step-siblings) against each other (and the shaming!) for good grades? Withholding sex until her husband got a vasectomy with he said that he wanted another child? I would love to see this family 10 years later. Could this be an effective way to run a household or could there be some issues here?