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Raising Children: the Primary Years: Everything Parents Need to Know - from Homework and Horrid Habits to Screentime and Sleepovers [Paperback]

Liat Hughes Joshi
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11 Nov 2010

Expert knowledge, real-life experiences and enlightening research specifically carried out for the book, all combine to create a unique view on what it takes to be a parent of primary school children.

Covering the issues that will affect you and your children during their primary school years, you will find yourself armed with knowledge, tips, tricks and advice that will help you both through even the most challenging times.

With every topic discussed you’ll discover valuable specialist opinion and guidance, as well as quotes, clever know-how and insights from real parents who’ve already been through it.

From mealtimes and bedtimes, tricky questions and homework, all the way through to sex and drugs, you’ll soon discover you’re not the only parent grappling with all this stuff. And with Raising Children on your side you’ll be well-informed, well-prepared and well-equipped to handle any problem – big or small.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Life; 1 edition (11 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273730517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273730514
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Liat Hughes Joshi is a London-based freelance journalist and author.
She has contributed to a range of national newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times and Mother & Baby and specialises in writing about parenting and family issues.

Reviews of Liat's first book, What to Buy for Your Baby:
"This handy guide will save you time, money and stress." (Pregnancy and Birth Magazine)

"A must-read for new parents" (The Baby Directory)

"The authors know what they are talking about...the book is well written and easy to read....a very useful book" (Nursery Online).

"What to Buy for Your Baby by Liat Hughes Joshi and Caroline Cosgrove, is like having a personal shopper right there with you as you negotiate the tempting goodies. All the products listed have been tested by the authors and there are examples to suit all budgets. Well worth splashing out on." (MadeforMums)

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a goldmine of a book 6 Dec 2010
By Reader
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A great manual for school age children 30 Nov 2010
By Spanna
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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By Cheyne
This book is a must for parents of primary school age. It addresses topics such as use of the internet, television viewing, dealing with swearing and after school activities, to name but a few. It even has tips on how to persuade your child to eat more vegetables so I will definitely be following those! It is written in a very light-hearted but informative way and is easy to dip in or out of, depending on the particular topic that you would like more information about at that time. Backed up by opinions of child psychologists and other experts, Raising Children is an up-to-the-minute invaluable resource for all the issues that we parents face on a daily basis.
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By Hattie
Raising Children The Primary Years is a must have read for all parents and carers of primary school children. It's packed full of information and tips on how to deal with young children from 'eating your greens' through to behaviour, bereavement and divorce. I'm not aware of any other books on the market that give so much relevant information for children of this age. It is sensitively written and the respect for children shines throughout this book. As a parent of young children I will keep this book close at hand as I will be dipping in and out of it as new issues arise throughout their childhood. The information given by the Parent Panel is both informative and relevant, as is the information provided by experts. The author has managed to write in a clear and positive way, without ever being condescending. I highly recommend this book.
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