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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (1 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007161743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007161744
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Biddulph was born in Yorkshire and lives in Tasmania with his wife and children. He has been a family therapist for over twenty years and his multi million selling books have been translated into 27 languages. In the UK he lectures annually, filling regional theatres. Biddulph has been hailed by 'The Times' as 'a mixture between Doctor Spock and Billy Connolly'.

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‘a mix of Billy Connelly and Dr Spock…Steve Biddulph is a publishing phenomenon.’ THE TIMES
‘Steve’s advice is easy to follow- and more importantly, it works.’ BBC FAMILY LIFE MAGAZINE
‘Biddulph…has a built-in feel good factor. Parenting books too often make one feel inadequate, but Biddulph’s left me refreshed and optimistic.’ THE EXPRESS

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By the author of the bestselling Raising Boys


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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By LittleReader VINE VOICE on 28 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
With a young son, I'm often drawn to reading parenting books - especially when the going gets tough and I need confirmation of my actions or a fresh perspective.
Luckily, this book gave me both. Fortunately, I really liked SB's writing style right from the start, which made getting with his idea's much easier - his candid, no nonsense approach is fresh and accessible and he doesn't hide away under cliche's.
Real life examples are interspersed with cartoons and hand drawn diagrams which makes for really easy reading and what he says makes sense. My only criticism is that perhaps quite a bit of what he says is common sense (well to me anyway) but then, I suppose, sometimes we fail to see whats right under our noses until its pointed out to us.
Also, I found the chapter on working mums depressing; as a healthcare professional who works part time, I can only agree with what he says and have heard the Playground Mafia at my local Primary School referring to the kids who have been in Childcare as 'Stepford Kids' - unfortunately, I work 95% because I have to and only 5% because I want to and I found it made me feel guilt(ier) about a situation that I have little control over. I am very jealous of those mums lucky enough to care for their very young kids at home fulltime - though I realise there is no easy option, the choice would be nice!
Anyway, in a nutshell - If you hate Gina Ford's 'ideas' and love Tracey Hogg (the baby whisperer) and want to learn a little more about whats goes on inside the minds of your kids then this is the book for you!
Highly recommended.
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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Dec. 2003
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I have 4 children - I needed help and more help. I got it from this Book. It has everything a parent needs to stay sane. It's funny,encourageing,loving and O my God! I'm like this - book. If you do read this book and are not full of encouragement after it, then you have no children.!!
He say's "Experts can be a hazard to your family's health. Luckily, this is a non-expert book! Please take it for what it is - friendly suggestions, and support for your own good sense." and that sum's it up!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bookworm on 8 April 2010
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Full marks - every parent should read this book and stop and think about the obvious ways we can help our children grow into more self-confident adults. Well done.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Successful childminder on 9 Nov. 2006
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This book is a combination of his two books 'The Secret of Happy Children' and 'More Secrets of Happy Children'. I have read both and they are brilliant.

I do not agree with a previous reviewer 'Mrs Selwood' who said this book was aimed at full time stay at home Mums who are not coping and who are lacking in intelligence. That is totally insulting!

The advice given in this book is for all parents regardless of whether they work or not. I am a childminder and have found his advice invaluable in childminding as well as in raising my own two children. The 'Stand and Think' method of discipline has worked successfully with all the children I have looked after.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip on 1 April 2012
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This is a really inspiring book. It is very readable and has nice little nuggets of humour throughout.

I found it really helpful for someone to say to look after oneself and give yourself time off so that you can have a balanced life now, and won't feel like a martyr later on. He's not asking anyone to be perfect, but he does say that you need to put the time in (and not rushed "quality time" but proper, focused attention on the children time each day).

The chapter on Raising Boys is great, and the importance of fathers is really stressed.

The cartoons are great, and I'm not normally interested in illustrations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sally on 8 May 2011
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This book is absolutely sensational. We thought we were doing OK with our 3 year old daughter in the line of discipline, but the ideas in this book have added a whole new dimension resulting in a happy daughter and even happier parents.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By L. Fletcher on 28 May 2007
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Unfortunately we cannot all be as perfect as Mrs Selwood. This book is for those of us who, although cope nicely with our families, want to be the best parents we can be. I loved it.
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A great book full of useful tips and pointers for parents raising children. Also, surprisingly easy to read and avoids the trap of being preachy to parents. I've read a few that made me feel like I was a rubbish parent making thousands of mistakes - this avoids that while giving me help to improve my parenting skills - which probably most of us could do with. It makes you feel okay to be human and make mistakes (as we all do and will).

This book was recommended to me by a friend who runs parenting courses when I asked for a book that would help with my 3 yr old boy (who is very smart and strong willed) to make sure he didn't end up running the house. I'd definitely recommend to all other parents.
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