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Ask Supernanny: What Every Parent Wants to Know

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2007

    If Your Toddler is Ruling the Roost.....Buy These Books!,

    I am a kindergarten teacher and a single parent. I have an adorable but often challenging 3-year-old daughter whom I adopted at 7 months of age from China. Each episode of the SUOERNANNY has enlightened, encouraged and entertained me, so I purchased the SUPERNANNY books in hopes that I would get even more guidance and support in dealing with a number of current discipline issues in my house...And, I was not disappointed (although I do not agree with everything she suggests). I had become one of those mothers, as Jo Frost states, 'who unknowingly allowed herself to get trapped in a pattern (of words and actions) that sent parent and child in the same negative circles of behavior' day after day. The author of another book called 'THE POCKET PARENT', identifies that same reoccurring negative situation as 'the dance of non-compliance.' Both books go hand in hand suggesting that in order to change the child's behavior, the parent is often going to have to change his/her behavior first. I am using many different techniques from 'ASK THE SUPERNANNY' and 'THE POCKET PARENT' to accomplish that-- like getting down to my child's level and establishing direct eye contact, speaking in a soft controlled voice and placing a gentle hand on her shoulder as I state briefly what I'm after ... for example, 'Shoes.' In this way you are using 3 senses--connecting with the child visually, auditorily and kinesthetically (touch). These are simple and very effective positive discipline skills that don't automatically come to mind when you're so busy and very late in the morning. It was screaming, threatening and long explanations that came naturally to me and really didn't work most of the time...so I needed to try something new. 'SUPERNANNY' taught me that the my many loud requests and reminders (from the kitchen) to my daughter (in the familyroom) fell on tuned-out ears--getting no compliance at all until I ran in there like a ranting, crazy woman. It was then--at that moment she knew for sure that I was at the end of my rope--and she immediately cooperated. Why do we have to get to that point? It was a 'lightbulb moment' from the 'THE POCKET PARENT' when I realized that by me constantly reminding...I was actually teaching my child to ignore (at least the first few times because she knew (from 'our dance') more reminding was definitely coming! Additionally, both books have helped me to define my job as a competent parent as an ongoing process with three main objectives: Putting a stop to the misbehavior (like whining, backtalk, hitting, tantrums and not listening)...Encouraging the good behaviors (like cleaning up, healthy eating, uses manners, sharing, and following a bedtime routine) and just as important at the same time... Strengthening the relationship between parent and child (with such things as uninterrupted one-on-one mommy-daughter time). Although it is true that the Supernanny has no formal training in psychology or early childhood education, her 15+ years of observation, and her 24/7 'hands on' trial and error experiences with children and their families along with her gut instinct have enabled her to give many sensible techniques to choose from. I found Jo's insight helpful as to some of the 'Whys' regarding the behaviors along with her interventions. I am glad there is no pyschobabble included in these 2 books. I don't think this type of easy read guidance is meant to be 'therapy' but rather a collection of better ways to discipline and communicate in general between parent and child. I feel these books are not intended to substitute for the professional counsel of a pediatrician, psychologist, or any other qualified therapist, educational consultant, or health-care professional and it is up to each parent to use his own judgement as to what might be further necessary to understand and solve a problem. As a teacher and mother, I highly recommend these two parent friendly Q and A reference books, 'ASK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2009

    Child Psychology Professor- I use numerous Supernanny materials in my class. The techniques in these materials conincide with best practices according to psychological research.

    A must-read for all parents who do not have formal training in child psychology or education. You can address ANY unwanted behavior your child may exhibit with the techniques demonstrated on the DVDs and get answers to common parenting questions in this book.

    Also purchase Supernanny Season 1 DVD and be sure to watch the "Top 10 Techniques" on the last disk in the set. Buy this as a gift for expecting parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2007

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    I have watched ABC's Supernanny while it is on air the show. This book gives some good advice on how to deal the difficult issues with youngsters in our society. I believe that Jo Frost does anything possible to correct troublesome areas with parents.

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

    supernanny

    great book

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