The Parent's Success Guide to Parenting


The essentials of raising your little one
Diapers, feedings, discipline, manners, daycare-with all there is to know about parenting, what's a busy parent to do?
The Parent's Success Guide to Parenting tells you everything you need to know to prepare for and enjoy your child from day one to day three thousand and one. This convenient, ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $1.99   
  • Used (10) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2006

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Brand new paperback.

Ships from: Suwanee, GA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
Brand New Item.

Ships from: Chatham, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by
Sending request ...


The essentials of raising your little one
Diapers, feedings, discipline, manners, daycare-with all there is to know about parenting, what's a busy parent to do?
The Parent's Success Guide to Parenting tells you everything you need to know to prepare for and enjoy your child from day one to day three thousand and one. This convenient, portable guide helps you understand and guide your child (and keep your cool!), featuring parent-friendly solutions for:
* Nurturing a healthy body and mind
* Handling physical milestones
* Successful, stress-free potty training
* Teaching good behavior
* Keeping your child safe and happy
* Sharing in parenting (it really does take a village)
Plus, in every Parent's Success Guide, you get Top Ten lists and timesaving tips!
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764559273
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/4/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Hardin Gookin, co-author of Parenting For Dummies, 2nd Edition, has a degree in speech communications from Oklahoma State University. Her communications background and experience in parenting methods have been the basis for her parenting theories. She is the mother of four boys.

Dan Gookin, co-author of Parenting For Dummies, 2nd Edition, has written more than 75 books about computers, and his works have been translated into 34 languages. Dan wrote the first For Dummies book (and many after that), so the light, humorous, and informative style of For Dummies books is Dan’s style. He is the father of four boys.

Marlene Targ Brill, author of Raising Smart Kids For Dummies, is an early childhood specialist, special educator, and mother. Her background of multiple degrees in education, 13 years of teaching and training other teachers, and practical experience on the home front contribute to her parenting focus and practical suggestions.

Marion Peterson, MFT, co-author of Single Parenting For Dummies, has experienced divorce, single parenting, and blended family life firsthand. She has a master’s degree in clinical psychology; is a Licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist; is certified in Scientific Marital Therapy; and has facilitated many groups, including those for Parents in Pain, single parents, and women in transition.

Diane Warner, co-author of Single Parenting For Dummies, writes for magazines, newspapers, and Web sites, and is the best-selling author of 21 books. She is also a professional speaker and has made appearances on national television and radio, including Discovery Channel, CNN, and Home & Garden TV.

Diane Stafford, co-author of Potty Training For Dummies, taught high school journalism and English and then became a writer/editor, serving as editor-in-chief of many publications, including Health & Fitness Magazine and Texas Woman Magazine. She has won awards for health writing, and now edits and writes books.

Jennifer Shoquist, MD, co-author of Potty Training For Dummies, is a family practice physician and serves as a health-issues resource for journalists. She completed her medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, followed by family-practice residency at Memorial Southwest Hospital.

Sue Fox, author of Etiquette For Dummies, is the Founder and President of Etiquette Survival, Inc. (formerly The Workshoppe) and ESK Publishing Group (a California-based professional development and publishing company). She provides group training and private consultations to business professionals, corporations, children, and educational institutions. She is the mother of two sons.

Sandra Blackthorn has a degree in journalism from Indiana University and has been involved with For Dummies books since 1992, serving first as a project editor, senior editor, and editorial manager, and now as a freelance writer and consultant. She is the mother of two children.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Part 1: Parenting Basics.

Chapter 1: Primary Parenting Principles.

First Things First: Using This Book.

The Duties and Responsibilities of a Parent.

The Roles a Parent Must Play.

The positive role model.

The ever-present teacher.

The good listener.

The friend who’s still the parent.

The Importance of Keeping Your Sense of Humor.

Chapter 2: From the Beginning, Communication Is Key.

Talking Effectively.

Teaching Basic Communication Skills.

Answering Awkward Questions.

Communicating with Stickers and Notes.

Chapter 3: Setting Boundaries, Being Consistent, and Following Through.

Setting Boundaries for Your Children.

Factors that encourage kids to thrive within the boundaries.

Why kids always test boundaries, no matter what.

Being Consistent with the Rules.

When to be consistent.

Two simple rules for you, the parent.

Following Throug h by Sticking to Your Word.

Choose your battles.

When you say you’re going to do something, do it.

Ensure that your child understands why you did it.

Chapter 4: Managing Behavior: Your Child’s and Your Own!

Giving Praise.

Giving Plenty of Attention.

Keeping Idle Hands Busy.

Projects that connect your kids with the family.

Play that moves toddler/preschooler muscles and builds confidence.

Toys that spark toddler/preschooler imaginations.

Resources for planning fun and well-rounded activities.

Keeping Your Cool with the Kids.

Part 2: Dealing with the “Easy” Stuff: Physical Development.

Chapter 5: But That Shirt Fit Yesterday!: Your Child’s Growth.

Toddler Milestones.

General development.

General growth.

Preschooler Milestones.

General development.

General growth.

School-Age Milestones.

School readiness skills.

Skills learned through friends.

General growth.


Puberty in girls.

Puberty in boys.

Your Own Child’s Milestones.

Chapter 6: Nurturing a Healthy Body and Mind.

Establishing Healthy Eating Habits.

Choosing healthy brain foods.

Avoiding the picky-eater syndrome.



Dealing with moodiness, crankiness, and hyperactivity.

Taking precautions against food poisoning.

Making Fitness Part of Your Kids’ Lives.

Creating a fit, healthy environment at home.

Getting physical education at school.

Chapter 7: Getting Good Sleep without Relying on Sheep.

Ensuring That Kids Get Enough Zzzs.

Making Strategic Bedtime Plans.

Troubleshooting Sleep Behaviors That Need to Change.

Creating a family bed.

Other solutions for kids who wake up during the night.

Changing habits that you started.

Handling Naps.

Chapter 8: Diapers, Hit the Road.

Recognizing the Signs of Readiness.

Choosing the Right Time to Potty Train.

Prepping for Potty Training Weekend.

Let your child watch you use the toilet.

Let your child practice clothed potty-sits.

Let your child watch you dispose of diaper contents.

Potty Training Weekend.

Prepping your child and feeding for success.

Step 1: Helping a doll use the potty.

Step 2: Sitting on the potty.

Step 3: Setting up a success chart.

Step 4: Switching to training pants.

Ways to Keep Potty Training Working.

Part 3: Guiding Your Child through the Years.

Chapter 9: What’s Going On Upstairs: Your Child’s Emotional Development.

The Toddler/Preschooler Stage.

What you can expect.

What you can do to help.

The School-Age Stage.

What you can expect.

What you can do to help.

The Teenage Stage.

What you can expect.

What you can do to help.

How Birth Order Affects Behavior.

Chapter 10: Parenting through Tough Times.

Disciplining and Punishing Your Kids.

Being in charge without being a tyrant.

Using punishment as an educational tool.

Dealing with the Loss of a Parent through Death or Divorce.

Rebuilding physical security.

Rebuilding emotional security.

Responding to the longing for attention.

Getting professional counseling.

Moving to a New School.

Chapter 11: Family Matters.

Dealing with Sibling Rivalry.

Some guidelines for you, the parent.

Sharing and playing together.

Developing a loving, caring relationship.

Communicating nicely.

Responding to a new baby in the family.

Being a Successful Stepfamily.

Bonding with stepchildren.

Battling stepsiblings.

Playing the name game.

Disliking a new stepchild.

Disagreeing on discipline policies.

Clashing about the cash.

Dealing with all the relatives.

Misfiring on all cylinders.

Taking the High Road When Single-Parenting.

Devising a co-parenting plan with your ex.

Getting a tune-up if things are running rough.

Avoiding the biggest mistakes made by single parents.

Chapter 12: It Takes a Village: Sharing in Parenting.

Co-Parenting: Being Part of a Team.

The business of having fun together.

Sharing housework.

Handling mutual decision-making.

Sharing childcare.

Finding Opposite-Sex Role Models If You’re a Single Parent.

Why kids need a female role model.

Why kids need a male role model.

How to find role models for your kids.

Finding Good Childcare.

Daycare centers.

Private sitters.

Co-op programs.

After-school programs.

Questions to ask when childcare hunting.

Chapter 13: No Slurpy Soup, Please: Instilling Good Social Skills.

Teaching Basic Good Manners.

Maintaining Household Harmony by Setting Etiquette Expectations.

Setting a good example at the table.

Dining out as a family.

Using courtesy regarding the telephone.

Divvying up the household chores.

Using fair share as an expression of courtesy.

Talking to Your Children about People with Disabilities.

Part 4: Health and Safety.

Chapter 14: Preventing Trips to the Doctor.

Developing Healthy Habits.

Preventing the Spread of Germs.

Taking Precautions against the Elements.

Sun protection.

Heat protection.

Cold protection (as in weather, not the sniffles).

Knowing What to Keep in the Medicine Cabinet.

Chapter 15: Visiting Dr. Everything’ll-Be-All-Right.

Establishing a Positive Child/Doctor Relationship.

Scheduling Regular Checkups.



Speech and hearing.


Dealing with Illness.

Signs that your child may be sick.

Sniffles and sneezes.


Ear infections.

If You’re in the Market for a Doctor.

Chapter 16: Keeping Your Child Safe (In a World That Isn’t Always).

Teaching Safety Basics to Toddlers.

Ensuring Safety around the House.

Bedroom safety.

Living/family room safety.

Kitchen safety.

Bathroom safety.

General fire-safety devices for the home.

Preventing Accidents.

Burn prevention.

Choking hazards.

Playing don’ts.

Swimming do’s.

Talking about Drugs, Alcohol, and Smoking.

Ten Ways to Nurture Smart Kids.

Ten Things to Do Every Day.


Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)