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For parents tired of being bossed around by parenting "experts," here's a breath of fresh air. Without lecturing or insisting on a specific approach, this comprehensive, fact-filled guide empowers mothers and fathers by providing authoritative information on all health and parenting issues concerning children from preschoolers to preteens. Bursting with helpful information and vetted for accuracy by a panel of health authorities, it addresses such perennial hot topics as sibling rivalry, discipline, bullying, and spanking and lets parents choose the course of action that works best for them and their children. Ann Douglas (Ontario, Canada) is the author of The Mother of All Pregnancy Books (0-7645-6516-8), The Mother of All Baby Books (0-7645-6616-4), and the upcoming The Mother of All Toddler Books (0-7645-4417-9). She is a regular contributor to pregnancy and parenting magazines and Web sites in both Canada and the U.S.
The Ultimate Personal Growth Experience.
A Book for (Gloriously) Imperfect Parents.
A One-of-a-Kind Parenting Book.
CHAPTER 1: The Truth About Parenting.
Why No One Tells You How Tough It Is to Be a Parent.
United We Stand, Divided We Fall.
Safety Valves, Safety Nets, and Other Parenting Tricks of the Trade.
CHAPTER 2: Kid Under Construction.
When Nature Meets Nurture.
Doing Yourself Out of a Job.
CHAPTER 3: The Dirt on Discipline.
What Discipline Means and Why Your Child Needs It.
The Most Common Types of Discipline Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.
The Most—and Least—Effective Methods of Discipline.
Mother (and Father) Guilt.
CHAPTER 4: Short-Circuiting Power Struggles before Someone Gets Zapped.
Why Power Struggles Occur and What You Can Do to Avoid Them.
Teaching Your Child to Manage Her Emotions and Finding Ways to Manage Your Own.
CHAPTER 5: Ain’t Misbehavin’: Coping with Behavior Problems.
The Minor Leagues: Dealing with Routine Behavior Problems.
The Major Leagues: More Serious Behavioral Problems.
Setting Standards for Your Child: How High Is Too High?
CHAPTER 6: Talking the Talk.
Promoting Healthy Communication between Parent and Child.
Oh Brother! (Oh Sister!) Dealing with Sibling Relationships.
Parenting Your One and Only.
Dealing with Grandparents.
Getting Through the Tough Stuff Together.
Other Traumatic or Painful Events.
How Stress Plays Out for Kids.
CHAPTER 7: Playing It Smart.
Countdown to Kindergarten.
What You Can Do to Help Your Child Succeed in
School . . . .
What Report Cards Can—and Can’t—Tell You.
Troubleshooting Common School-Related Problems and Concerns.
Home-Schooling: Is It a Good Fit for Your Family?
Exceptional Kids, Exceptional Challenges.
CHAPTER 8: The Joy of Play.
Stop the Extracurricular Insanity.
“Screen Time”: How Much Is Too Much?
The In-House Brain Drain: Kids and TV.
Video Games: Do They Get a Bad Rap?
Kids and Computers.
That’s Entertainment? Music and Music Videos.
Setting the Stage for Play.
Boredom Busters: 22 Fabulous Ways to Banish Boredom at Home.
CHAPTER 9: Social Studies: Kids and Friendship.
What Every Parent Needs to Know About Bullying.
The New Kid on the Block: Helping Your Child to Settle in after a Move.
Play Date Do’s and Dont’s.
Sleepover Survival Tips.
Summer Camp SOS.
“The Meanest Mom in the World”: Dealing with Other Families’ Rules.
CHAPTER 10: The Health Department.
What’s up, Doc?
The Facts on Immunization.
How to Tell When Your Child Is Sick.
More About Fever.
Your Top Pediatric Health Questions Answered.
Caring for a Child with a Chronic Medical Condition.
CHAPTER 11: The Worry Zone.
Coping with the Worry That Goes Along with Being a Parent.
The Most Common Types of Pediatric Injuries and How to Avoid Them.
First Aid Essentials: What to Do When Your Child Is Injured.
Stranger Danger: Streetproofing in the Real World.
CHAPTER 12: Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Kids.
Nutrition on the Run: Nutrition Tips for Busy Families.
Winning at Food Group Roulette.
No More Food Fights! De-stressing Family Mealtimes.
Walking the Talk: Fun Ways to Stay Active as a Family.
Promoting a Healthy Body Image.
CHAPTER 13: The Changeling: The Joys and Perils of Parenting a Preteen.
Puberty: What It Feels Like for a Girl (and a Boy).
The Big Talk(s).
The Smaller Stuff.
Winning at Teen Roulette.
The Gift of Parenthood.
Appendix A: Directory of Organizations.
Appendix B: Web Site Directory.