No Regrets Parenting: Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Moments with Your Kids

No Regrets Parenting: Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Moments with Your Kids

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by Harley A. Rotbart M.D.
     
 

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For tiger moms, free-range parents, helicopter parents, soccer moms, single parents, stay-at-home dads, and every other lifestyle du jour, No Regrets Parenting focuses on the simple truth that long days of busy parenting race quickly by and teaches parents how to stretch and enhance the time they spend with their kids.

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For tiger moms, free-range parents, helicopter parents, soccer moms, single parents, stay-at-home dads, and every other lifestyle du jour, No Regrets Parenting focuses on the simple truth that long days of busy parenting race quickly by and teaches parents how to stretch and enhance the time they spend with their kids.

No Regrets Parenting is a book for busy parents in our busy times. Juggling family and professional lives is not a course taught in high school or college--many parents find the challenges of being all things to all people daunting. This theme is ubiquitous in today's culture--movies, theatre, books, magazine features, and human interest news stories all find the challenge of raising children to be prime fodder for audiences. How to do it all? How to stay sane while trying to do it all?

  No Regrets Parenting teaches parents how to experience the joy and depth of the parenting experience amidst the chaos and choreography of daily routines. Car pool, bath time, soccer practice, homework, dinner hour, and sleepovers all become more than just obligations and hurdles to overcome to get through the day. They are opportunities for intimate and meaningful time--quality time--with young kids. It's not how much time you have with your kids, but how you spend that time that matters in the life and legacy of a young family. No Regrets Parenting readjusts parents' perspectives and priorities, helping them find the time to do it all and feel good about your kids' childhood.

  There is a simple, single truth for every parent. Your kids need you to be there. They need to see who you are and how you live your life. And, in return, they will help you to see who you are and how you should be living your life. For all of that to happen, parents need time with their kids. Memorable and meaningful time. No Regrets Parenting is about time. Finding enough of it and making the most of it.

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Publishers Weekly
In quick hits, small bites, and short lists of essential, commonsense and occasionally creative advice, pediatrician Rotbart answers a parent’s three most commonly asked questions: what do my kids need from me? what must I do to be a good parent? how can I avoid feeling guilty for not doing everything? His aim is to help parents maximize and optimize time spent with their kids and realize that there is ample opportunity for active and passive positive interaction every day, from crib through college. This is a busy parent’s time management guide, demonstrating how to find balance, turn “minutes into moments,” develop reliable parental intuition, and transform everyday routines into special times, without neglecting personal and professional responsibilities. Part one has instructions for providing the “Eight Essentials” of security, stability, consistency, emotional support, love, education, positive role models, and structure; dispelling the disastrous, desperate “3Ds”—distraction, distortion, and deception; and developing mindfulness techniques. Part two provides 60 specific strategies covering all aspects of child-rearing from sleep, school, and nutrition to entertainment, outdoor activities, communication, and spirit and soul. A wonderful epilogue about sending kids off to college congratulates parents for their good work. Time passes all too fast, and when the kids do leave home, readers who followed Rotbart’s blueprint will greet their children’s departure with satisfaction of a job well done and the acknowledgment thereof. Agent: Lisa Leshne, LJK Literary Management. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
"Dr. Rotbart has a gift for uncovering and explaining the countless possibilities in parenting. This book is a treasure for all of us with children."

—Jeffrey Zaslow, New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Last Lecture, Moving On Columnist, The Wall Street Journal.

“What's more precious than love, your children, and time? No Regrets Parenting is a gem of a book. It will help you turn the minutes of the day into the moments of your life.”

—Harvey Karp, MD, creator of the bestselling books and DVDs The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block.

“Working parent or stay-at-home mom or dad, Dr. Rotbart’s wise advice and refreshing ideas will make you want to pick up this book again and again.”

- Diane Debrovner, Deputy Editor, Parents magazine

“Whether your children are still in their cribs or applying to college, No Regrets Parenting provides a blueprint for turning mundane, daily routines into memorable and meaningful moments.”

-Marianne Neifert, M.D. (Dr. Mom®), bestselling author of the Dr. Mom books for parents

“A poignant, timely book to remind us to savor parenting our kids – with awesome tips on how to slow the daily chaos, create memorable moments, and luxuriate in the wonder and fun of each age and stage.”

—Stacy DeBroff, “America’s Most Trusted Mom.” Nationally acclaimed parenting authority and bestselling author of The Mom Book, The Mom Book Goes to School, and The Mom Central Organizer; CEO and Founder, MomCentral, the leading one-stop parenting resource on the Internet

“A must read for young parents who are struggling with finding the right balance between career and family.”

-Stephen Berman, MD, F.A.A.P., Past President, American Academy of Pediatrics

“From school to work, home to play, Dr. Rotbart helps famiies find meaning and traditions in the midst of busy lives.

—Dr. Jeffrey J. Cain M.D., President-Elect, American Academy of Family Physicians

“No Regrets Parenting is a wonderfully written handbook for parents living in our complex times. Based on straightforward principles of managing parental time, this book presents a comprehensive, easy-to-follow treasure trove of ideas and strategies to help parents raise happy and successful children.”

—Donald Schiff, M.D., F.A.A.P. Past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and author of A Guide to Your Child’s Symptoms

“No Regrets Parenting encourages parents to be mindful of the choices they are making with the precious little time they have to spend with their children before (and after) they fly the coop. It presents an upbeat and refreshing perspective which empowers parents to examine, without guilt, the choices they make about the time spent with their children. The book is neither preachy nor prescriptive, but instead presents a menu of creative strategies for “turning scarce minutes in to special moments.” Dr. Rotbart’s book, a must-read for any parent, will leave your head buzzing with ideas. The short chapters enable you to read a few at a time – in between pajama walks, movie nights, and carpool driving – that will forge a lifelong bond between you and your children.”

—Heather Taussig, PhD, Clinical Psychologist; Director, Fostering Healthy Futures program, Children's Hospital Colorado

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781449410940
Publisher:
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date:
02/21/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
607,944
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Harley Rotbart has been a pediatric specialist for the past 28 years and is the professor and vice chairman of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Children's Hospital of Denver. He is a nationally recognized parenting expert, speaker, and educator and is the author of more than 175 medical and scientific publications. Dr. Rotbart and his wife use the strategies presented inside No Regrets Parenting with their three children. He and his family currently reside in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Harley Rotbart has been a pediatric specialist for the past 28 years and is the professor and vice chairman of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Children's Hospital of Denver. He is a nationally recognized parenting expert, speaker, and educator and is the author of more than 175 medical and scientific publications. Dr. Rotbart and his wife use the strategies presented inside No Regrets Parenting with their three children. He and his family currently reside in Denver, Colorado.

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ChloeW1 More than 1 year ago
As parents of older kids, our first reaction to reading this wonderful book has been, "I wish we would have had this when they were younger." But, reading further, there's lots of important advice for parents of high school and college kids as well, because as we can attest, parenting doesn't stop with high school graduation. The issues just get more complicated. This is a great read, written in chapters short enough to squeeze into the few gap minutes young parents have in their long days. In contrast, I read the whole book in two sittings because I have the luxury of a few quiet hours now that the noisemakers we raised are on their own. The suggestions the book makes are universally applicable, no matter what your family size or structure. I highly recommend this for all parents who worry about whether they are "doing it right." Spoiler alert- you are doing it right, but there are easy and commensense ways you can make it all more memorable and meaningful for you and for your kids whatever their age. But, as always, it's easier when you start young.
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I don't usually buy parenting books because I resent people thinking they know how to raise my kids better than I do. But after I read the excerpt and review of this book in Parents Magazine, I thought I'd give it a try. OMG what a revelation No Regrets Parenting has been for me. It doesn't tell me how to parent. It doesn't say I should be more free-range or helicopter or French like Bebe. It just tells me how to make more of the time I have with my 3 young kids. Time is everything, and this book has already changed SO MUCH about how I spend my kid time. In 2 weeks, I am already feeling less burdened and more privileged as a parent. I feel so much less guilt about times I can't be with them. Thank you for this wonderful gift to parents!
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