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
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781449410933
Publisher:
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date:
02/21/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
659,003
File size:
4 MB

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.

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No Regrets Parenting: Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Moments with Your Kids 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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