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  • Posted July 18, 2011

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    A Must-Have Resource for Parents

    Perfect Parenting is an easy-to-use resource to help parents deal with every possible parenting issue they may encounter. The "Contents" section at the beginning of the book lists the issues alphabetically and gives the page number where the solution can be found. This is very convenient for parents who just don't have time to read an entire book. Under each issue, there is a paragraph that describes the situation. Then there's a "Think about it" section which gives parents a "kid point of view" to help them understand why kids might be misbehaving. Then there is a "Solutions" section that lists three to seven ideas on how to deal with the issue. Readers familiar with Ms. Pantley's book, Kid Cooperation, will recognize many of the solutions from that book. The nice thing is that there are a good variety of solutions to fit a variety of parenting personalities. Ms. Pantley is careful to note when issues may require professional help. These comments are notated with a bold exclamation point. Perfect Parenting is a must have resource for all parents. As a parent of two children, I find myself referring to it quite a bit. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2002

    Perfect for busy parents

    I love the easy-to-use alphabetical arrangement of this book. I'm too busy to read tons of books, but when I have a problem I just look it up in this one. It covers all the issues a parent faces from the common: Whining, Backtalk, Fighting, Chores, Listening, Interrupting, etc. It also covers less common but oh-so-annoying issues like: Vegetables (won't eat them), Medication (won't take it), Nail-biting, Nose-picking, Poor sport, etc. A very handy book to keep around for all those daily issues. A great companion is the author's other book: Kid Cooperation which gives overall parenting ideas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2002


    A wise, witty, wonderful book filled with tips for those very bad days when you're just about at your wits' end with the kids. Just about everything you can think of is addressed in this book for parents of tots-teens. My only criticism is that I think it is hard to cover some subjects like lying, bad words, the gimmees, fears, and anger-pertaining to BOTH 3-year-olds as well as teenagers all in one book. I have recently found another great A-Z book with tips that work for very young children. 'The Pocket Parent' is a quick read trouble-shooting guide that has been written exclusively for the preschool years (2- to 5-year-olds). Since I have many issues with my 3-year-old twins, I found more age appropriate advice on some topics in 'The Pocket Parent'. I think both books are a must for restoring your sanity on the spot. Both books are filled with compassion and humor which helped me know for sure that I'm not a failure as a mom nor the only parent that ocassionally has a really bad day. Thanks have obviously 'been there, done that' along with us! In my book, that makes you a truly credible expert!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2001

    Fantastic! A 'must have'!

    Have you ever wished that your child came with an instruction book? Perfect Parenting: The Dictionary of 1,000 Parenting Tips might be just what you have been looking for! This book consists of suggestions on how to deal with all those situations that are sent to try your patience and all those issues which no-one seems to know how to handle. This book¿s format is perfect for the busy parent. In alphabetical order and cross-referenced, you will find suggestions on how to cope with everything from allowances to yelling and screaming. Examples include: bath, not wanting one; nightmares; siblings, jealousy; and the ever-worrying TANTRUMS. For each problem, the situation is described and then parents are challenged to ¿think about it¿ before being given several possible solutions. The suggestions offered are wonderfully helpful and insightful. There is a wealth of fantastic advice here! As always, Elizabeth Pantley manages to give advice that WORKS, is EASY, and is RESPECTFUL of children. Whether you are a new parent or an old hand, you are bound to benefit from her words of wisdom. What is particularly perfect about Perfect Parenting is that it is a ¿one-stop-shop¿ for a whole gamut of problems, many of which are simply not broached in any other book. In the one book, almost every conceivable parental concern is covered. This is a book which you definitely want to keep in a prominent position on the bookshelf, as you are going to want to refer to it again and again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2000

    Ideas about absolutely everything!

    I refer to this book constantly. There are great ideas for every issue I face with my kids. (Check out the table of contents!) I'm too busy to read tons of books to find ideas about how to solve problems with my kids, so this book really works. I don't have to wade through excess information, I just look up the day's problem and get quick, practical solutions. I've used it to solve: back talk, the kids not doing their chores, getting them to do their homework, stopping the bickering, stopping the whining, and lots of others. It's worth the price and more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2000

    Wonderful Parenting 'Dictionary'

    I love this book! Just about anything you could think of in dealing with children's behavior is in this book, in a 'dictionary' type format. You can look things up like 'Lying', 'Hitting', 'Disrespectful', 'Inappropriate Humor', 'Not Sharing', you name it, and it's there!!! Under each topic, she lists a section to 'think about' the motives of the child, and then she gives you at least 5 or 6 different things you might do to correct the problem behavior. I could not believe how many different things were listed in this book. The reference in the front was great too. VERY EASY to use, this is not a 'chapter book'. It's more of a reference book, but I can hardly put it down! I already read Elizabeth's other book 'Kid Cooperation', and I highly recommend it as well . . . All I can say is 'buy the book, you'll be glad you did'!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2000

    A Perfect Resource for Parents!

    There is so much helpful, good advice in here! The list of topics is extensive & detailed. And I really like the author's approach to helping us understand a child's behavior before trying to solve a problem. If you need some ideas on how to solve any of the typical challenges that come up in parenting, look in PERFECT PARENTING!

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