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Posted August 21, 2005
Sensible Advice for Parents of Babies to School-aged Kids
There is a great variety of helpful advice in this 300 page book. My only caveat is that there is no Index to quickly find a topic of interest. The book is divided into 3 main sections: Communication, House Rules, and Parenting 911 Emergencies. I found this organization structure a bit confusing to navigate without an Index. I really liked the charts in the book that clearly address the different negative parenting behaviors: clueless, disorganized, angry, undermining, nagging, loud and excusing...including 'What happens in a situation', 'What you typically say', 'What your partner does', 'What your child does', and then 'Offers an anecdote' demonstrating how to change for the better. I found myself identifying with most of these negative situations and learned some helpful strategies that have worked in my family. I think I will continue to refer back to this book again and again when my 2 boys (2 and 4) get older as it seems much of the advice is geared to school-aged children. If you have preschoolers like me, I would also like to recommend a very helpful complimentary book our pediatrician gave us called 'The Pocket Parent'. This A-Z parent friendly guide focuses soley on the 2,3,4 and 5 year old and the challenging behaviors they present such as bad words, biting, tantrums, lying, morning crazies, power struggles, whining and many others. I really like the anecdotes in both of these books that seem to ground the suggested strategies in reality for me. Both 'The Pocket Parent' and 'Nanny 911' are welcome additions to your home library that you can refer to over and over again. The best thing about these quick reference guides is that you do not have to read them cover to cover but rather the topics as you need them...each chapter is complete on its own. I really appreciate that in my busy life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.