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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (31 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577315634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577315636
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,133,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Parents no longer have time to read long books about the theories of parenting. What they want are quick pieces of advice geared to their busy lifestyles and immediate needs. Dr. Jenn comes to the rescue with this fun yet useful book that offers 26 short chapters on everything from pets to being a sports parent to healthy relationships to food to keeping your marriage as much fun as it was before the kids arrived. Designed to be browsed or picked up from time to time for specific help, the book provides insight and guidance for any parent but focuses on parents with toddlers to year three. Upbeat, lively, and humorous, this book answers parents' most frequent questions about how to raise a healthy, well-adjusted child. Using her 15 years of clinical experience as a licensed marriage, family and child therapist in private practice and the wealth of knowledge she has accumulated writing her "Dr. Jenn" column for "Los Angeles Family Magazine", she gives parents the knowledge and practical tools they need to help raise terrific kids.

Because every chapter is only a few pages long and each chapter can stand on its own, busy parents can read what they need, as they need it instead of reading the book straight through.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spanglish mum on 10 April 2010
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This book is more a reference book with general parenting tips than specific advice to boost your kids' self confidence (and happiness). It was boring to read and let's face it, after a hard day dealing with kids you need something pretty dynamic to keep your interest. I much preferred "Divas and Dictators", which is more geared towards behaviour but the author expresses himself much better and the ideas, whilst being aimed at improving behaviour, will also contribute to improving kids' happiness and self-confidence.
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Perfect for the Busy Mother (or Father) 4 May 2007
By John Dow - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is great. As an active and involved father, I am eager to do what is best for my baby but since this is my first child, I don't really know what I am doing half the time (and I question that what I am doing the other half is actually going to make my son better-off in any way). By default, I end up trying to replicate how my and my wife's parents raised us and piece it together with the knowledge I have gleaned over the years by watching others. That has not been enough.

Recently I went out and bought a bunch of parenting books to help fill in the gaps. The general books seemed to be written for mothers and I found them to be largely unhelpful. The books written for dads dealt a little too much with how I felt, instead of how to help my child.

This book is written in short chapters that deal with specific and relevant issues in practical, easy to understand ways. It poses important questions and then actually answers them with helpful tips that I found to be very easy to apply to my child-rearing techniques.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Jack N. Soll - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a psychotherapist, I read many books and often make recommendations to clients. This book is at the top of my list. Dr. Berman has done a wonderful job summarizing some of the most important things parents need to know so as to raise happy, healthy, confident kids. I enthusiastically recommend this magnificent, practical, fun, interesting, and easy-to-read book to any parent. It really is a must read!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
excellent advice! 18 Aug. 2008
By jeri-lynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
i am finding this book to be full of useful, thoughtful and helful advice. i enjoy dr. jenn's voice and perspective. i am a new parent i am enjoying reading about how to foster trust and openness in my relationship w/my children, and how to encourage their creativity, honesty and conifdence. i am also a seasonsed teacher and found the information and suggestions on sports, diet, and other issues that relate to girls to be especially insightful. i am almost finished reading the book and i look forward to using it as a resource for years to come.

i highly recommend 'raising happy, confident kids!'
34 of 44 people found the following review helpful
A little spotty 8 April 2008
By Katie Kate - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a ten month old daughter. I want nothing more for this beautiful little girl, than to be happy and confident. Kids are cruel, school can be brutal, and I'm hoping to get her off on the right foot with some self esteem. This book didn't really provide great advice on how to help her achieve that.

This book is more of a comprehensive guide to parenting. Much of the content is things I would have done anyway, sort of common sense parenting to those of us who care enough to read a parenting book. Many of the topics, while relavent to parenting, fail to relate back to the confidence issue I was looking for.

Having said that, there are a few good nuggets. My opinion is that this is a book that would best be checked out from a library, and not necessarily purchased for ones frequent reference.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
must-have resource for all parents 17 May 2007
By Jennifer W - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What I love about this book is that the author is not just an expert but also a parent - so she writes with authority, but also with heart. Touching on everything from your child's self-esteem to important research about kids and TV, Berman is not just spouting opinions - she grounds everything in solid research, so you can really trust this information. The short chapters are pefect for busy parents and also packed with great info.
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