Loving Each One Best: A Caring and Practical Approach to Raising Siblings

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All those baby boomers who have embarked on the journey of raising their second and third children have found themselves left in the lurch by existing child care literature. Now child care expert Nancy Samalin, who has earned a reputation for her forgiving and empowering approach to parenting, brings her inspiring outlook to this guide to the pitfalls and rewards of parenting two or more children.

Parents who consider themselves pros after the first child are in for a surprise ...

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Overview

All those baby boomers who have embarked on the journey of raising their second and third children have found themselves left in the lurch by existing child care literature. Now child care expert Nancy Samalin, who has earned a reputation for her forgiving and empowering approach to parenting, brings her inspiring outlook to this guide to the pitfalls and rewards of parenting two or more children.

Parents who consider themselves pros after the first child are in for a surprise when the encounter life after the second child is born and beyond. Suddenly their world is an exhausting haze of competing demands, perpetual squabbling, sibling rivalry, complaints of unfairness and "you love him more" (and sometimes you do), unrelenting stress, and a pervasive sense of guilt and inadequacy. Culled from her years of workshops with hundreds of parents, Nancy Samalin shares the trials and joys of parenthood and provides specific advice on steering your way through the parenting rapids. This is a must-read for today's harried parents.

Culled from Simalin's years of workshops with hundreds of parents, this book shares the trials and joys of parenthood and provides specific advice to readers on steering their way through the parenting rapids.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With warmth and humor, parenting expert Samalin (Love and Anger and Loving Your Child Is Not Enough) comes to the aid of parents who have entered the sibling minefield. Tackling the big issues (what to do when the new baby arrives) and small ones (what to do when there is only one bowl of the favorite cereal left), she offers strategies culled from her workshops and seminars and hundreds of questionnaire responses from parents and children. There are parent-tested ideas for avoiding the fairness trap and what to do when a child's complaint about his brother is that ``he's breathing on me.'' Also discussed is how to get the kids out of the house in the morning and into bed at night without feeling like a traffic cop. Samalin discusses ways and means of carving out personal time, reducing stress and expressing anger without being destructive. Anecdotes drawn from real-life situations may occasionally strike some as overwrought, but are generally helpful. This is a good book to have when you're having more than one. First serial to Good Housekeeping and Parents' magazines; author tour. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Samalin, a consulting editor and columnist for Parents magazine and author of Loving Your Child Is Not Enough: Positive Discipline That Works (Viking, 1987) and the award-winning Love and Anger: The Parental Dilemma (Viking, 1991), offers here additional practical advice to parents. Combined with the author's expertise, Loving draws upon experiences and ideas from respondents to a 20-item questionnaire and participants in Samalin's parent guidance workshops. Topics addressed include adjustment to new siblings, parental fairness, sibling bickering, and dealing with children's differences. One chapter has girls aged nine to 16 tell their perceptions of sibling and parent relationships. Loving focuses on raising siblings, thus not duplicating Samalin's earlier books. Written in conversational style and filled with anecdotes, Loving is easy to read and helpful. A suggested reading list of 75 books on various aspects of parenting is included. Recommended for public libraries.-Carol R. Nelson, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, Ind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553378344
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 667,886
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2002

    This is an excellent book

    This book is awesome! I absolutely could not put it down. I have two children who fight all the time and It hasn't been easy trying to resolve conflicts without taking sides . Unlike other books I've read, this one gave me numerous tips and advice that I can use in real life situations. I am very happy that I purchased this book and I just bought Nancy Samalin's other books as well. Loving Each One Best has made a huge difference in my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2000

    Practical, Humorous, Insightful Book About Siblings

    Sibling relationships have the potential to be as enjoyable as they are complex...if only parents know how to navigate the minefield of sibling behavior. Thanks to this book, I think I have a chance! In her third must-have book, Nancy Samalin shows us how to respond to our children¿s interpersonal conflicts with specific words and actions that promote a positive family dynamic. She writes with the wisdom which can only be gained from personal experience, with the compassion of a friend, and with the insights and informed perspective of a professional counselor. I first read this book when my second child was a newborn, and it allowed me to get a head start in establishing a parenting strategy for the months and years that would follow. Her advice is as relevant for dealing with preschoolers as it is for teenagers. Samalin¿s work is a gift to us. I recommend all three of her books to friends, teachers and fellow parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2000

    Loving Each One Best: A Caring and Practical Approach to Raising Siblings

    I strongly recommend reading this book for the first time when you are pregnant with your second child. Then, keep it handy and refer to it often, as your children grow. Nancy Samalin offers both insight into understanding and practical advice about handling sibling relationships.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2000

    Loving Each One Best: A Caring and Practical Approach to Raising Siblings

    This book is written beautifully--with warmth and humor. Parents will recognize themselves and their children in the many stories included. Nancy Samalin offers practical, straightforward, non-threatening advice to parents--advice that they can put to work immediately. It is a wonderful resource that parents can refer to over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2000

    A must have for those with more than one child!

    My husband and I have found this book to be our 'bible' when it comes to dealing with our two children. Ms. Samalin gives concise, clear and often entertaining examples of real parents. It is the most helpful book I've read since 'Siblings Without Rivalry' which was over a decade ago! 'Loving Each One Best' is an absolute must read. I can't recommend it enough!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2000

    Very postive, upbeat approach

    I really appreciated the positive attitude the author has about having more than one child. The case studies, complete with dialogues, were very interesting and useful. The answers to questionaires completed by children about having siblings were also good.

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