The Pocket Parent

The Pocket Parent

by Gail Reichlin, Caroline Winkler
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Pocket Parent 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have a normal but sometimes challenging 2- to 5-year-old, this is the upbeat A-Z reference guide that can restore your sanity. I currently have twins about to turn 3, as well as a 6 year old and a 1 year old. Needless to say, the practical advice found in this book is priceless. Having looked at several books on parenting, this book stands out because of it's simple style, yet completeness in covering the topics addressed. For all of the main areas that most parents have to deal with (tantrums, whining, lying, sibling fights, morning crazies, bad words, mealtime, potty training, getting kids to bed, etc) this book has a section devoted to it - first with a simple question and answer dealing with the issue. Then, a list of tons of practical suggestions, briefly written with entertaining examples - this is the real meat of the book in my opinion - it's like all of the practical advice everyone has ever given on a topic is condensed into that part of this book. Then, each section ends with a bottom line conclusion. These 'bottom lines' basically act as that little bit of support every parent needs to deal with the frustration of having kids. My bottom line is: this book is a really great resource. It definitely makes the perfect gift for new parents, or even as a parent gift for the kids' birthdays. Believe me, parents with 2-, 3-, 4-, or 5-year-olds will appreciate it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Pocket Parent is a book that every parent of a young child should have in an easily accessible place. When you're being challenged or coming up on a behavior you've seen before but that you'd like to deal with differently this time, you can grab this book and get some fun, practical, useable options. It's an honest approach acknowledging that it's frustrating to be a parent at times, but there's always something you can do. This book offers so many tips and ideas on so many different subjects, from common place expereinces every parent will encounter to more unique situations that may challenge a smaller number of parents. You can read it cover to cover or pick it up as you need it. I suggest an initial cover to cover read and then keep it handy, because you can't possibly remember everything in this wonderful book. You'll want to refer back to it again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I find this book to be immensely helpful with the everyday struggles I face as a parent. The authors give multiple strategies so I can find the ones that will suit my situation. Aside from the appropriate and helpful advice, the book's greatest selling point is how easy it is to use. It literally provides parenting problems with excellent solutions in accessible alphabetical order (in a convenient size to carry in your bag).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very helpful for new parents and new grandparents. A lot of good ideas and information to help you think out a problem.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't let the size of this book fool you. It offers wonderful and creative advice plus humor for toddlers and preschoolers. We love it. With toddler twin girls, it has help immensely. We also use this book along with Jodie Lynn's book, Mommy-CEO and The Happiest Toddler on the Block. They are a great combo for any home and work well together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reviewer: As a parent of a strong-willed preschooler, The Pocket Parent is THE place to go for all the answers! The A to Z format allows me to pinpoint an issue I'm having with my child, whether it's anger, mealtime issues, tantrums etc., then I flip to the right page for some very positive and easy-to-follow advice with a touch of humor. The book is filled with personal anecdotes...some made me laugh, some touched me profoundly..all were very insightful. This is the best parenting resource book I've found. It's easy and enjoyable to read. Best of all, it's so warmly-written and supportive, it's like getting a big reassuring hug with every turn of the page. Thanks to Gail Reichlin and Caroline Winkler for a terrific book filled with practical, sanity-saving wisdom. It's perfect for any parent or caregiver of young children!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have twin 3-year-olds and a new baby. Needless to say, I find my patience and parenting skills being tested daily! Annoying sibling fights, anger towards me and the new baby, parent "deafness", whining tantrums in public--On a bad day, I defintely can use some friendly support. "The Pocket Parent" offers more than 1,000 sanity saving suggestions to try for the most common challenging moments with preschoolers. The alphabetical listing of topics enables me to quickly flip to the pages I need. This book does not preach with things you "must" do or "never" do. The topics addressed range from the very practical--surviving morning "crazies", bedtime, and mealtime to more profound issues, such as explaining death, nurturing self-esteem, and teaching values. The authors includes an interesting way of defining and using "Time-out" that has worked for us. "Pocket Parent" lifts my spirits with tips, humor and lots of reassurance that I AM going to make it!--(at least until tomorrow). My husband also appreciates the fact that there are many specific "Daddy" anecdotes that he can relate to. The book is fun to read and reasonably priced under $10. GREAT GIFT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some great ideas but too bad its not longer. 40 topics is helpful, but there are lots of other issues I'd like to see included. The authors include lots of ideas through short easy to read suggestions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Pocket Parent' is a wonderful, easy-to-access resource, which parents of preschoolers will surely refer to again and again. It offers practical, hands-on suggestions for handling many challenging, everyday parenting situations-often even supplying the words that parents can use. Readers will recognize themselves and their children in the real-life anecdotes the authors have chosen to illustrate their sound advice. I love many features of this book, but one of my favorites is the 'Take Heart' section in every chapter. Each begins with 'You're not the only parent who...,' and offers reassurance (and alternative strategies) to parents who may feel they've 'blown' a parenting situation. I highly recommend this book. In fact, I predict that it will become a classic-trusted and frequently used by parents of two-to-five-year-olds. -- Blakely Bundy, M.Ed., Executive Director of the Winnetka Alliance for Early Childhood and President-Elect of the Chicago Metropolitan Association for the Education of Young Children
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Pocket Parent has taught me so much about better ways to communicate with my 4-year-old granddaughter. I even have used some of the strategies on Grandpa and he seems to cooperate more, too-the first time I ask. It seems like much of the time we just resort to yelling and threatening automatically, and we keep doing the things that don't work. Thanks Gail and Caroline for writing a book that clearly gives specific alternatives to try with great examples to follow. Although some of the tips take practice, many suggestions have already worked for me. I also appreciate the humor...we all need to know we are not the only ones that ocassionally have a really bad day! Raising children today is definitely not easy, but it's the most wonderful job in the world...especially the second time around with the grandchildren!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have finally found the book I have been looking for! It is perfectly sized to consult at a moment's notice; all you have to do is look it up...40 worrisome issues are addressed such as ANGER, BITING, BEDTIME, BAD WORDS, CHORES, DEATH, FEARS AT NIGHT, 'I HATE YOU!', THE 'GIMMES', INTERRUPTING, LYING, MEALTIME, MORNING 'CRAZIES', POTTY TRANING, SEPARATION ANXIETY, TANTRUMS, WHINING, and more. It is written the way friends talk to each other...with compassion, humor and excellent practical advice. The format is geared to busy parents-- hundreds of quick bits of wit and wisdom to help a parent restore his or her sanity! The authors call the bullets of tips...'Sanity Savers'. I love the short anecdotes that illustrate the skills, often demonstrating the exact words to try in order to communicate more effectively with a preschooler. I feel like I know the authors who shared many personal embarrassing moments with their own children, and I found myself laughing out loud as I recognized myself and my children in the many examples of daily battles. I love the 'Takeheart' section in each chapter that reassures parents that they are not the only ones who sometimes regret what they have said or done. We all need to hear that sort of thing over and over again. I feel as though I am no longer alone with my concerns, especially on a very bad day. I'm delighted that I can take my friendly advisor with me literally in my pocket! The ideas really work and I already feel much more confident that I am good parent. I highly recommend this book for parents and pre-school teachers; it is the only quick read A-Z book for parents of pre-schoolers that I have found on the market. And, it's reasonably priced, what a bargain!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book that has really helped me get more cooperation from my 4-year-old...the FIRST time I ask. I totally appreciated the author's humor! I love the size of the book and quick read format ...perfect to take with, always ready to give me a tip to try and at the same time a reassuring 'verbal hug' that no parent or child is perfect. Great gift for any mother or father of a 2- to 5-year-old that can use some sanity!! Just look it up...ANGER, BEDTIME, BITING, BAD WORDS, MORNING CRAZIES, SIBLING RIVALRY, TANTRUMS, WHINING AND MANY MORE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whether your child is 2 or 22, or whether you are still in the family planning stage, this book is must reading. The innovative format makes it easy to read for those with a hectic schedule. I hope this is the first in a series of 'Pocket' guides!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Parenting can be a long, lonely road on those days when you're quite sure that no parent has ever gone through what you're going through. 'The Pocket Parent' gives you support and humor, in kind and caring suggestions and stories, to help you find your way. It doesn't preach. Instead, it points to options we may not have tried. As the father of three young children, I knew the moment I picked it up that it would be dog-eared and highlighted in a matter of days. 'The Pocket Parent' is simply the best book on parenting that I've ever read.''