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Keep Calm and Parent on: A Guilt-Free Approach to Raising Children by Asking More from Them and Doing Less Hardcover – 1 Aug 2014


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (1 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476739544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476739540
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alison on 30 Sept. 2014
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Enjoying reading this book & it's an easy read.
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Amazing! 18 Sept. 2014
By Sameerah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've read tons of parenting books and articles and they all tell you the same thing- why it's so important for your children to sleep well, eat right, have routines etc. As a parent we all know how important those things are but the thing that's always frustrated me most was that I couldn't find a single book that actually told me "how" to do those things. Emma's book does exactly that! It goes through every challenge a parent could possibly face, breaks it down for you and gives you step-by-step solutions that are practical and can be implemented immediately. And the best part- they actually work! Since I've read Emma's book, I am a much calmer parent and my kids actually listen to me the first time I speak. Every parent should own a copy of this book- it will make your parenting journey all the more enjoyable! Now stop wasting your time reading reviews and go and order yourself a copy already!
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Unrealistic advice 8 Dec. 2014
By J. Beatta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the kind of parenting advice you get excited about before you actually have a child. Then you get real. This author advocates having a glass of wine with your husband from 5 to 6 every evening while your child is made to understand that he/she needs to leave you alone. Great advice for the Queen of England- but for lots of us this is not possible. Most people are not even off work by five. And any real mother knows that 5 o'clock is every child's witching hour. This book doesn't provide any realistic or helpful advice on how to add structure as a parent, unless you happen to have a robot as a child, and I feel like the author took some very uninformed shots at attachment parenting. While I'm not a huge proponent of attachment parenting, it has been practiced by many cultures for thousands of years with great success. There are lots of great parenting books out there – this is not one of them.
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Parents need to use more common sense and less coddling 22 Sept. 2014
By Catherine at HealthPod Baby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I review parenting books monthly for HealthPod Baby (www.healthpod.ca) and Keep Calm and Parent On is one of the best parenting books I've read this year:

Trained as a nanny in England, and then working as a nanny in England, Germany and America, British nanny Emma Jenner experienced that parents need to use more common sense and less coddling. In an interview with ABC's News' Deborah Roberts, Jenner said parents' first big problem is fear.

Designed as a guidebook, Keep Calm and Parent On has real-life parenting situations Jenner uses to demonstrate that parents need to :

Expect more from your children, and they will rise to it. Expect less, and they will sink.

By asking parents to honestly evaluate where they and their child measure in Jenner's ideas on raising children, she hopes to encourage parents to take control and address some common problems and behaviors she sees exhibited in too many children. If you hold to Jenner's philosophies, Keep Calm uses tools to help you identify what is working in your home, and what isn't:

Checklists: lists of behaviors, environments and conditions that can impact your child's development
Emma Tips: Jenner's observations and experiences as a nanny, parenting consultant, and star of TV show Take Home Nanny
Parent Tips: Emma Jenner's parenting experiences with her own children and from her friends

Jenner's main focus is on interactions between parent and child, but the book also focuses on the relationship between the parents: Jenner feels strongly that if the relationship between the parents isn't working, then the parents relationship with the child won't work. Everything from sex to date nights to respect are discussed as to how they impact the children, along with examples of how the stressful and tiring parenting situations can improve. Jenner adheres to the it takes a village parenting philosophy.

Jenner also addresses verboten parenting topics related to the stress of parenting. One example is baby shaking: parents too often deny and refuse to discuss their deep frustrations with parenting:

We need to be more honest about how hard parenting is.

Keep Calm and Parent On is filled with common sense advice and ideas for parenting, based on Jenner's observations that parents simply do too much for their children, and thus often raise needy and unprepared adults. If you agree with this basic approach, Keep Calm's use of checklists and tools, easy to follow examples and advice, and encouraging and supportive tone is a practical guide you will want to add to your parenting bookshelf.
Refreshingly sensible advice for parents 3 Nov. 2014
By Palo Alto, CA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Ms. Jenner's book is a much needed corrective for America's child-centric culture. The sensible message that children should be raised to be responsible, polite, considerate members of our society cuts through the hysteria in our culture about raising little geniuses (or spoiled little Lord or Lady Fauntleroys without the added bonus of good manners). Ms. Jenner takes the laser focus away from the child and considers the child's ecosystem, the family. She does not tell parents that it is wrong to take a preschooler to mom-and-tot precalculus and high board diving classes, only that these attempts to create an exceptional child are not as important as providing a healthy, balanced home environment. As she sees it, the goal is not to keep children happy in every moment or to ensure a future gold medal in diving; the goal is to raise children to be healthy, independent, gracious and happy adults. Hear, hear!

This book is aimed at parents of babies and very young children, but there is still good information for parents of older children. I cringed at the recognition of mistakes we made when the kids were little, but I also resolved to make changes now that will preserve the sanity of our household and help our children to develop into more responsible young adults.

The author has had the experience of working with many families, and I do wish that there were more detailed stories in the book about specific family dynamics and the solutions that worked. I'm not sure that it would add any real information to what is already in the book, but stories make for good reading. (Maybe I just long for a real life Miss Piggle Wiggle!)

In sum, this book is a trove of sensible, practical advice and I highly recommend it to any parent.
Great if you have little kids 4 Nov. 2014
By Party Egetoe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I wish I'd had this book 12 years ago. This book is really for those who aren't trying to climb out of the parenting hole, but for those who haven't ruined their kids already. It is full of "don't let them start.....", but for those of us with teenagers, that boat sailed a long time ago.
I am trying to use the ideas from this book to take a fresh look at how to have a happy home, full of teenagers who aren't fighting with each other. Trying to break lifelong bad habits isn't going to happen overnight.
I guess nannies are better known for raising little ones, not adolescents.
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