Supernanny: How to Get the Best from Your Children

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Jo Frost, a.k.a "Supernanny," is the answer to every stressed parent's dreams. In ABC's primetime series, Jo works miracles on problem children by dispensing no-nonsense rules and reassuring us that parents do know best. The Supernanny method gives parents the know-how to tackle any problem area, be it mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, bedwetting, homework, sibling rivalry, aggressive behavior, or a child who just won't do what he or she is told.

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Overview

Jo Frost, a.k.a "Supernanny," is the answer to every stressed parent's dreams. In ABC's primetime series, Jo works miracles on problem children by dispensing no-nonsense rules and reassuring us that parents do know best. The Supernanny method gives parents the know-how to tackle any problem area, be it mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, bedwetting, homework, sibling rivalry, aggressive behavior, or a child who just won't do what he or she is told.

In an era where parents are bombarded with conflicting or guilt-laden messages at every turn, and sometimes obey their kids' commands rather than the other way around, this is an upbeat, back-to-basics approach to restoring harmony and authority in the home.

Chapters include:

  • Ages and Stages
  • Routines and Rules
  • Setting Boundaries
  • Dressing
  • Toilet Training
  • Eating
  • Social Skills
  • Bedtime
  • Quality Time
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401308100
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 1/12/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 156,043
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jo Frost

Jo Frost has had over fifteen years' experience as a nanny to children from newborns to teens, on both sides of the Atlantic. Her TV series, Supernanny, was a huge hit in the UK and in the States on ABC primetime. She lives in the UK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2006

    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 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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2005

    Admittedly Clueless As Young Parents...No More!

    This book (along with the TV show of the same name), SUPERNANNY, has been a wake-up call for my husband and I...and is giving us some options to consider to put us as parents back in charge of our young children. We have 3 sons, ages, 6, 4 and 2 whom we both love to the 'Nth' degree. In a very conscious effort to not raise my children the way I was raised...which included spankings, shouting, Catholic guilt trips (such as...'God's going to punish you'), heavy shaming, and blaming...my husband and I thought we were choosing the more 'loving' approach to parenting our children. Due to SUPERNANNY we have now clearly realized that we are ALSO failing our children from the OTHER END of the parenting style specturm...as 'out of the box' overly permissive parents. Although our intentions were only loving and well-meaning...Jo Frost has clearly pointed out that it is actually OUR BEHAVIOR that has enabled our 'naughty' toddlers to literally 'rule the roost.' We now see that in order to change our children's behavior we are going to have to change our behavior first. Although we already knew that a child craves 100% of a parent's attention 100% of the time (that is the prize)...we just learned that if they can't get positive attention...NEGATIVE attention (from you...that gets you to stop what your doing even to scold them) is almost as good for them! That was another eye-opener for us. Although we are both very successful CEO's in our professional life...we admit (anonymously to the world) that we are in serious need of better options to discipline and communicate in general with our children. The truth is, our family seems much like the family with the 3 boys portrayed in an episode of the SUPERNANNY TV show where the little 3-year-old wandered out of the house-- where for a short time no one knew where he was. That was shocking and dangerous to say the least. We decided that before we'd resort to professional private counseling, we would select some materials to study on our own. The TV show mentioned Jo Frost's book which initially brought me to look at SUPERNANNY on line and the other reviewers offered some additional recommendations. We found the quick-read advice in THE POCKET PARENT to be extremely helpful and complimentary to SUPERNANNY. It's only been about a month...but things are much better in our home. Many thanks to ABC and Jo Frost for the wake-up call that things need to change in our house. It is actually quite hard and embarrassing to admit (via pen name) that Ivy League graduates have been clueless as far as disciplining their children. But, no child comes with a guaranteed operator's manual... and it is very comforting to know that we are NOT ALONE!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2005

    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 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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    I liked this book because it gives you tips and pointers on how

    I liked this book because it gives you tips and pointers on how to take care of your kids. Jo Frost said in her book that she has always thought that one day she would do some sort of job with kid and now she is giving great tips on how to control your kids. In her book it talks about how to toilet training, her top ten rules,dressing, setting boundaries, routines and rules, ages and stages, and many more. Jo sets a great goals for the family for them to achieve the expectations of the family. There are many many techniques in her book on how to raise a child and how not to. This is an easy read book and interesting one to. I think that it a great book for a new mother or family or anyone that is looking for a great how to take care of kids book. Over all it is a great book by Jo that will help anyone that is looking for a good how to take care of your kids book and I love kids!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Hard To Read!

    "Supernanny" is very informative. But, it is very boring. The way that it is written, I guess, makes it hard to get excited to read the book. I do love Jo Frost, I always watch her show. I think her techniques are great and very effective. The book is just slow and boring.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2008

    How NOT to raise children...

    If your goal as a parent is to raise children to be emotionally and intellectually obsequious cowards who cannot think, say, or do anything without a reward or punishment, then this is the sort of advice for you. But what happens when the effects of rewards and punishments fade away, as they always do? I know plenty of children whose parents were fans of Supernanny...and most of them are unoriginal, unthinking, self-righteous, self-centered, insensitive, irritable, and only do what they think will please others. At worst, these are children who are delinquent and/or engage in self-destructive behavior. And just for the record, a week after Supernanny left a home in Britain, one of the children set the house of fire. Worked real well, didn't it? This is all from a reality TV show, and she is not even a scholar on the subject. On something as important as parenting, you would think that parents would consider their sources better! This is snake oil, people. Beware, for there is a generation of youth who would love nothing more to catch pop culture nannies down a metaphorical dark alley. And no, Mommy and Daddy will not always be able to be there to send them to the naughty circle before it happens. Just becuase you can no longer see the bad behavior does not mean it is gone, or that the child understands why it is unacceptable. It just means the child has gotten better at performing the bad behavior undetected. Do yourselves and your children a favor and scrap this one, and scrap that awful reality TV show with it.

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2007

    Jo you have some good advice but please get with the program re: Breastfeeding

    This is mainly a critique of Supernanny's disappointing discouragement of the breastfeeding mother in general and on her show airing 3/12/07. She claims that breastfeeding a baby too long leads to it being 'too attached' and 'dependant.' Obviously if this were true the baby in question would have had a much harder time weaning. The toddler was totally happy and able to play on her own, the mother in this case simply was a little dependant herself, and admitted to such. A Mother can choose if she wants to breastfeed on demand at 14 months-- more power to her. If Supernanny thought that this partcular mother was letting the nursing get in the way of other things she could have suggested a cut-back on the as-wanted nursing, simply teaching the toddler that certain times were for feeding and other times not. And what really got me was that she was trying to have the mom replace the breast with a bottle, which makes no sense whatsoever. So then she can use a bottle as a pacifier and rot her teeth when she falls asleep with it in her mouth? I loved that the baby didn't want it anyway and was shown later with a sippy cup. YAY BABY. Supernanny, get with it, Breastfeeding is good for babies, work it into your otherwise very good program.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2006

    To Volunteer Ma Ma

    Just had to say, please give us a little more credit. Some of us moms understand enough about nursing to know that you can't strictly follow advice from any book because every baby is different and needs a different combination of things associated with feeding them...amount of time they eat, how often they eat, how long they sleep at night, etc. I'm glad that you know so much about breastfeeding and what the experts recommend. I, however, will do what is just right for me and my baby, as I hope every other mom will too. My daughter started sleeping 5 or more hours through the night at a month old. She is thriving, growing well, gaining weight as she should and is happy as can be. My pediatrician isn't concerned and I'm not going to wake her up every three hours throughout the night just because some expert somewhere says that I have to.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2006

    good, but bad infant feeding advice

    If you are not already aware, there is a very serious problem with the book, Supernanny. Regardless of what some people might think about the individual opinions on child rearing practices, the book is filled with harmful information about breastfeeding. Specifically, much of the 'advice' in the book will lead many moms and babies, should readers believe the information, to early weaning, unnecessary problems, and increased health risks. p Breastfeeding management is difficult for many women who are new to motherhood and nursing, and often requires the intervention of Lactation Consultants, La Leche League Leaders, physicians, etc., especially if the mother is to overcome misguided advice (such as Frost's advice) that is given in the book which interferes with nursing. Breastfeeding is in the best interest of both the mother and child and should continue exclusively for six months, and remain the main source of infant nutrition for the first year as new and unfamiliar foods are introduced. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends children are breastfed for at least 2 years, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) notes that If the child is younger than two years of age, the child is at increased risk of illness if weaned, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP aappublications) states that increased duration of breastfeeding confers significant health and developmental benefits for the child and the mother... and that there is no upper limit to the duration of breastfeeding and no evidence of psychologic or developmental harm from breastfeeding into the third year of life or longer. Specifically, see the following excerpts, which are absolutely false, and are not agreed upon by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Le Leche League, the World Health Organization, or many other breastfeeding experts. For detailed information, see their statements at: breastfeedingnetwork breastfeeding babyfriendly Page 21, ¿if you give a breastfed baby a bottle at 11 PM, she can hold out until 4 AM before she needs another.¿ Five hours is a long time for a young infant to go without eating, and this excerpt was in the section for babies from birth to six months. During the period of exclusive breastfeeding (at least the first six months), babies need to be fed on demand. Some babies may not eat for these long periods, but on average a breastfed baby may need to nurse every 2-3 hours. The book's misinformation leads to supply reduction, early weaning, and could harm an infant that has special needs such as a short tongue, tongue-tie, illness, prematurity, or slow weight gain those special cases should nurse on demand even if it is every hour or more often. Consider the book might be advising a bottle of formula (against medical advice and puts an infant at increase risk of death and illness) there is no study that shows this will make a baby sleep longer, and it might make some babies sleep worse do to reactions to the foreign ingredients in formula. See more problems with feeding formula to get a baby to sleep longer at ivillage.com and kellymom P age 124, 'If you do decide to bottle-feed... Your child will still be getting everything he needs.' This statement is too simplistic and is just blatantly false. Formula has been proven to be far inferior to breastmilk. Whatever the intentions are here- to ease guilt or appease mothers who do not wish to nurse, it is irresponsible to make such a statement. This remark needs to be deleted or revised. It is understood that a small percentage of women may not be able to nurse their babies or a very small percentage of infants may have galactosemia and for them formula feeding will be necessary. aappolicy Additionally, some mothers may choose to feed their infants formula, but they should make the ch

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    I like some of the advice, such as setting a routine, not to spa

    I like some of the advice, such as setting a routine, not to spank or yell at your children, dealing with separation anxiety, etc. However much of her advice is reactive not proactive. She never talks about how to prevent behavior or address the underlying causes, and the only advice she gives for every problematic behavior is the naughty chair, as already seen on her show.

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

    supernanny !!

    great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2009

    Loved the focus on raising a well behaved and enjoyable child!

    I loved the way this book focuses on child development and working with the skills and abilities a child has and helping them to grow in a positive manner. The author gives the impression that all children can be well behaved children when given the appropriate direction, authority and skills to do so. I feel the author really does enjoy children and helping them (and mom and dad) be the best they can be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2006

    Great Book

    Ok to the breast feeding mom, when a child can pull up your shirt and say feed me it is time to stop?? or am I wrong. I would also like to state I breast feed my daughter till she was 6 months and guess what out of 3 kids she is the only one with jaw problems and we have had to spend over 4 thousand on her jaw and now another 6 thousand on her teeth for braces. My advice is each child is diffent and you have to do what is needed for the child. My other children were breast feed for a total of 2 months and they are fine. None of my kids have alergys and my children are heathly my oldest is now 18 and I never had a schedule I always feed on demand. Why feed a child who does not want to eat? All you do is make yourself soar and stress yourself an baby out. But to each there own. I have healthy children each one of them are great and active an into sports and good kids. Read the book read lots of books but...... do what is best for you and your child!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2006

    Great book, but Beware the photo shoot...

    This is a great book with lots of good, easy-to-follow and practical advice. I really found it helpful as a no-guilt method to understanding what you're doing right as a parent and what you need improvement on. She doesn't make you feel like a dope for having made a mistake which is often done by new parents, instead she says 'Ok, this is what was done, and here is how we can quickly correct it' with easy steps and methods. The only thing I didn't like was the amount of photos in the book. There are a lot of meaningless pictures that take up unneccessary space. I'm one of those people who likes to see a book get to the point without all those frills and extra things that aren't needed. But if you like more photos than written word, this is a good book for you - some folks are more visual than others :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2006

    Techniques Worked For Me

    The transition from bed to crib was difficult until I used Jo's method. Now my son sleeps in his crib w/out a problem. The technique worked along with persistence. It paid off. Awesome!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2006

    Amazing Book!!

    I found this book to be so helpful. No, I am not yet a mother but infact I am a nanny myself!! (Awesome Job I might add) This book gave me so many ideas that have really helped me out and made my job less stressful. Sometimes it's hard being the nanny, the kids always want mom or dad to do something. Well, I feel that this book has put Me more in charge around the house instead of the kids!! I would highly recommend this book to EVERYONE!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2005

    Great Book

    This book is wonderful. I have recently experienced Jo Frost 'Supernanny' at work. She has turned our family around. All of the techniques that she used are in this book. They really do work. It takes both the parent and the child to make these techniques work. I feel that this book and the techniques are a must have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2005

    Mother of 3, Grandmother of 6

    I think what many people miss is that when you become a new parent, the hospital does not hand out how to books. This book gives ideas, guidelines, suggestions, many helpfull tip for new parents & parents with siblings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2005

    A good looking book , but......

    Supernanny is certainly a good looking book. A lot of effort went into taking a little bit of information and making it go far. Seems like there was more effort put into the graphic arts aspect of Supernanny than to the actual content. I found this very disappointing. I think I could have gotten the same information from watching two or three episodes of Nanny 911. If you are experiencing nothing more severe than whinny behavior this might be a helpful text. But, if you are experiencing problems more challenging than the most basic of parenting problems I would suggest that you look elsewhere. There are many books on the market that were written by educated professionals (like family therapists) that DO provide the important details missing from Supernanny. Personally, I liked 'Systemic Parenting: An Exploration of the Parenting Big Picture' written by parenting expert and family therapist Mark Gaskill. If you compare these books side by side the lack of depth found in Supernanny becomes very obvious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2005

    My Opinion Book About The Book

    I am not a parent yet, but I enjoyed the Supernanny television show. I watched one episode of Nanny 911 on Memorial Day Monday. I was also very disappointed with the Nanny 911 show itself. I looked the Nanny 911 book briefly at my local B & N store. I felt that it is too wordy. I feel that Jo Frost's methods are very simple and very easy to understood. If I were babysit and raise children of my own children, I will definitely use her techniques. If I were to discipline kids, I would like to use to the Naughty Chair, the Naughty Corner, the Naughty Room, the Naughty Step, or the Naughty Stool. It will depend on the age of the child and the nature of issue. While I am watching the television program, I feel Jo explains extremely well and has an adorable personality. I am keeping it as it is a reference in the future. I would strongly recommended it.

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