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Supernanny: How to Get the Best from Your Children

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Supernanny: How to Get the Best from Your Children

I have gotten a good deal of positive change in the behavior of my often defiant 3 year old son from reading this book. The suggestions are clear and simple. However, some of them were not a good fit for our family in that they seemed to bring on the compliance by insti...
I have gotten a good deal of positive change in the behavior of my often defiant 3 year old son from reading this book. The suggestions are clear and simple. However, some of them were not a good fit for our family in that they seemed to bring on the compliance by instilling fear and character attacks (finger-wagging criticism) rather than by using other more strict but positive discipline alternatives. I did learn many techniques that work, however the 'Naughty Stool' was not at all effective for us. Although much of the advice in this book does serve to change bad behavior, I prefer the book listed first with this one that your customers also bought called 'The Pocket Parent'. It is age focused... written exclusively for only 4 years of age...2's, 3's, 4's and 5's and teaches parents how to get cooperation from the child without resorting to scolding, bribing, threatening, and criticizing. Also the format of the 'Pocket Parent' is designed for quick reference with its short bullets of A-Z advice for all of the common challenging behaviors of toddlers.

posted by Anonymous on April 14, 2006

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Supernanny: How to Get the Best from Your Children

I have found a number of the techniques in this book to work on my three children...however they are not new at all. The point comes across quite clearly that in order to change the child's behavior, the parent will have to change theirs first...For example, she sugge...
I have found a number of the techniques in this book to work on my three children...however they are not new at all. The point comes across quite clearly that in order to change the child's behavior, the parent will have to change theirs first...For example, she suggests using a firm but calm voice with eye contact, consistency, and giving consequences like 2 minutes on 'the naughty stool.' Jo Frost does gives some practical advice that works, however I don't care for the naughty stool (or mat) or time-out for that matter. Perhaps you too have tried to be consistent and stick to your guns by putting a screaming, kicking, biting toddler onto a time-out chair for 2 minutes...they are the ones in control!! My daughter will arch her back, won't bend at the waist and if she decides to sit down momentarily to catch her breath, she quickly become a limp noddle and literally slithers right onto the floor! This type of punishment does not work for me or my neighbor and I prefer more positive alternatives to gain compliance...and I am NOT a wimpy parent. I highly recommend 2 superior books that offer hundreds of specific positive discipline and communication skills...For parents of 2- to 6-year-olds, consider the quick reference A-Z troubleshooting guide titled 'THE POCKET PARENT'...for parents of older children, take a look at the classic communications guidebook called 'HOW TO TALK SO KIDS WILL LISTEN AND LISTEN SO KIDS WILL TALK...both very parent friendly and peppered with humor and personal trials and triumphs from the authors about their own children. Supernanny can be a but harsh, judgemental and condescending to the well-meaning parents searching for better child management strategies.

posted by Anonymous on January 22, 2005

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2005

    Great Insight Into Preschoolers

    I think this is an excellent book which proves to be helpful into the insight of small children. I have preschool twins and it has been a true blessing. I love the show as well. The time out spots shared in the book are working in our home and we have had great success with Jo's 'tone' secrets.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2005

    This book should be given to all parents at birth

    Jo Frost is excellent at giving desperate parents the techniques they need to discipline unruly children. My daughter is generally well behaved, but Jo's techniques have made the times when she does act up much easier to deal with. You can really tell that Jo Frost has a heart for children. Typically, if you see misbehaving children, look at the parents for the source. Parents who do not find the Supernanny method useful more than likely are not willing to stand up to their children consistently. Jo Frost tells parents, gently but firmly, how to make life a whole lot better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2005

    pay no attention to the first review

    The first reviewer couldn't be more off the mark. It is that type of parenting that has brought into this country a generation of young people who think that they must always have things their way and have no understanding of the word respect. As a school teacher, I would like to send one of these books to each of my kid's parents. I have used many of the techniques Jo presents in my classroom and they work. It amazes me to see what happens to some of my kids after they have been home with their parents for an extended period of time, such as over Christmas break. It takes me a couple of days to remind them that, in my class, there are consequences for actions and they will behave in a respectful manner. Jo's advice is easy to understand but it requires effort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2005

    Supernanny: How to Get the Best from Your Children

    I am enjoying the Supernanny TV program and I have purchased Jo's book to go along with it. She offers a variety of helpful, very sensible tenets to keep in mind in addition to a number of specific techniques for challenging situations. I tried a few of her suggestions and have actually gotten more cooperation from my children. The eye to eye contact tip--getting down to their level and speaking calmly but firmly--has really helped me a lot as I often spend so much of my time shouting louder and louder from another room to 'parent deaf ears.' It's not that these tips are new...you already know most of them, but on automatic parenting mode you can easily forget they are options in a difficult moment with the children. I find myself saying, 'That makes so much sense...why didn't I think of that?' I was glad to see that 'Jo-jo' did not do as much finger wagging at the children as in previous episodes because I used to unconsiously do that all the time... and my children started wagging their finger at ME when the were making their point! I found that kids do as you do, not always as you say. One more comment--I will not use the naughty stool, the naughty mat or the naughty room or corner in my home...and, I am aware that this type of 'punishment' does 'work well' for some families and so does fear, guilt, blame, and shame. There are many other discipline options that serve to make it just as apparent to the children exactly who IS the parent! I agree with the first reviewer...there are more effective ways to teach the child right from wrong than attempting to place a tantruming out of control 2 year old on a naughty chair for 2 minutes which in my opinion teaches absolutely nothing. I have also recommended 3 excellent books based on Haim Ginott's Positive Discipline philosophy, that has endured the test of time for almost 50 years, suggesting alternatives to yelling, bribing, threatening, criticizing and punishing, thereby disciplining children (defined as teaching right from wrong...rather than synonymous with punishment) in ways that preserve the dignity of both the adult and the child. Contrary to the second reveiwer...Positive Discipline is NOT a wimpy parenting approach...it is a method strict with behavior, but permissive with feelings. I believe there is no one book's advice that works every time, in every family on every child. So pick and choose the strategies that seem to be a good fit for your personalities, family values, and parenting style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2005

    Good Parenting Book For Toddlers

    This is a good parenting book for parents of young children. Supernanny offers some helpful advice.

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