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Raising Children: the Primary Years: Everything Parents Need to Know - from Homework and Horrid Habits to Screentime and Sleepovers Paperback – 11 Nov 2010


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Life; 1 edition (11 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273730517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273730514
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Liat Hughes Joshi is a London-based journalist and author.
She has contributed to a range of national newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Sunday Times. Liat specialises in writing about parenting and family issues and is the author of two books, soon to be three. She also writes a column for the popular UK parenting site, Parentdish.co.uk.


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As any parent of a school-age child knows, daily life with a 4–11-year-old is never dull. The parenting trials come thick and fast. Just as you think you’ve sorted out one thorny little issue, along comes another to test your wits and your patience.

These pages are packed full of useful advice and information on a whole range of topics. You’ll discover what other parents have done and benefit from the wisdom of child psychologists and other experts, for issues such as:

·        friendships, falling out and bullying

·        horrid habits and bad behaviour

·        bedtime battles and sleepovers

·        homework and ‘how many hobbies’

·        food fads and mealtime misbehaviour

·        screen time and safety

·        pocket money, presents and parties

·        telling lies and dealing with fears

·        growing up and going out

If you want to be prepared for anything and stay in control when behaviour becomes bothersome, this is the book for you.

About the Author

Liat Hughes Joshi is a parenting journalist who has contributed to national newspapers and magazines, including the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times and Mother and Baby Magazine. Prior to her second career as a writer, Liat spent nine long, exhausting years as a management consultant in the City (during which time she actually did about 15 years’ worth of work). She is also the author of What to Buy for Your Baby and lives in North London with her husband and primary school-age son.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reader on 6 Dec 2010
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What an excellent book. This book covers pretty much the full spectrum of parenting issues for the age range 4-11, ie the primary school years. It covers all the practical stuff like TV time, food and sleep battles, bullying, pocket money etc. But it also deals with tricky situations such as whether it's okay to discipline someone else's child in your house, `undesirable' playmates, or when your child asks you about sex or death etc. It's clearly evidence based. There's a lot of research quoted within the book (though it's occasionally rather too vaguely referenced: "a german study showed..." rather than details of researchers and date) as well as plenty of expert advice from child psychologists. I was pleasantly surprised at how many sensible and useful suggestions there were here, both from the author and her `parent panel'. The book is a bit like having a room full of sensible friends in one place trying to help with your latest parenting dilemma. I was also relieved that none of the suggestions were overly controlling or of the Gina Ford `tough love' style. In fact the book conveys an inherent respect for children rather than assuming parenting is about controlling or `fixing' a series of inconvenient problems to make children fit the mechanics of the adult world. To quote the author: "Our job as parents is to GUIDE them and NURTURE them into becoming balanced, functioning adults." (The capitals are my own). Hughes-Joshi's style of writing is accessible and straightforward without being dry. In fact it was really funny in places. It felt authoritative without being in the slightest bit patronising. As far as I know, there's nothing else like this book currently out there for this age group. We have already found it extremely helpful with our four year old. I would certainly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Happy mum on 15 Dec 2010
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What a great book! Babies come with manuals, little people at primary school don't. This book is a great find - you can dip in and out as each chapter is headed up clearly and logically. Whether you've got a fussy eater, a son who's trying out swearing, a madam who watches too much TV or a child who won't do their homework - there's suggestions here for what you could do to resolve the situation. I like the way the author has asked "real" parents how they deal with issues and she has also enlisted the help of two parenting experts who offer timely advice. She has also included what she terms "background info", which sets the scene for each scenario and then offers a list of possible solutions, plus quotes from parents who've "been there and done that". However the tone is never patronising - what a winner! Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kidsgalore on 19 Nov 2010
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My daughter is in Year 1 and has a very strong mind and opinions. There was nothing out on the market to help deal with the problems we as parents face with kids age 4 onwards. This book is such a saviour! It has such good practical tips on how to handle lots of different issues and also how to communicate with children this age. The tips I've tried so far absolutely work.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who has kids in primary school as you won't find anything out there on the shelves that helps with this age group (which are hard to deal with most times).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spanna on 30 Nov 2010
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From fussy eaters to bothersome bedtimes, this book is full of fantastic tips and advice for dealing with school-age children. It's written in a fun and informative way and you can easily dip in and out of it to look for tips for particular problems.
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