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  • Paperback: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing (30 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076112182X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761121824
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 10.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful By simon on 17 May 2005
Format: Paperback
Although this book is true to its title and literally fits in your pocket, it is filled with 400 pages of specific useful insight and advice addressing a variety of the most challenging toddler behaviours. Because it is written exclusively for four of the early years (2, 3, 4, and 5), I found the tips to be very on target and focused to my specific issues with my 3 and 5 year olds. I really liked the anecdotes explaining real life examples--They sounded so very familiar. The authors offer very down-to-earth, common sense advice that works. Highly recommended as a supportive easy reference guide for mums and dads with 2-5 yearolds.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Sep 2005
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This small book is a treasure chest filled with wonderful anecdotes and helpful advice for parents with children ages 2-5. Dozens of challenging issues are handled with compassion and humor while offering hundreds of practical suggestions. I especially enjoyed the "Take Heart" section of every chapter, which always starts with, "You're not the only parent who..." Every parent needs reassurance and helpful advice when raising toddlers, and the "Pocket Parent'' provides both in a quick-read bulleted format. Included are such topics as Anger, Bad Words, Biting, Sibling Fights, Hitting, Tantrums, Potty Training, Bedtime and Mealtime Refusals, Morning Crazies, the Gimmes, Lying, Separation Anxiety, Interrupting, Whining and many more.
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"Parenting can be a long, lonely road on those days when you're quite sure that no parent has ever gone through what you're going through. 'The Pocket Parent' is exclusively written for parents of preschoolers... 2's, 3's, 4's,& 5's. The authors give you support and humor, in kind and caring suggestions and stories, to help you find your way. It doesn't preach. Instead, it points to options we may not have tried. As the father of three young children, I knew the moment I picked it up that it would be dog-eared and highlighted in a matter of days. 'The Pocket Parent' is simply the best book on parenting that I've ever read.''
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By kcrose4@hotmail.com on 23 Nov 2001
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I have finally found the book I have been looking for! It is perfectly sized to consult at a moment's notice; all you have to do is look it up...40 worrisome issues are addressed such as ANGER, BEDTIME, BAD WORDS, CHORES, DEATH, FEARS AT NIGHT, THE "GIMMES", LYING, MEALTIME, MORNING "CRAZIES", POTTY TRANING, SEPARATION ANXIETY, TANTRUMS, WHINNING, and more. It is written the way friends talk to each other...with compassion, humor and excellent practical advice. The format is geared to busy parents-- hundreds of quick bits of wit and wisdom to help a parent restore his or her sanity! The authors call the bullets of tips..."Sanity Savers". I love the short anecdotes that illustrate the skills, often demonstrating the exact words to try in order to communicate more effectively with a preschooler. I feel like I know the authors (Caroline grew up in England), and I found myself laughing out loud as I recognized myself and my children in the many examples of daily battles. I love the "Takeheart" section in each chapter that reassures parents that they are not the only ones who sometimes regret what they have said or done. We all need to hear that sort of thing over and over again. I feel as though I am no longer alone, especially on a very bad day. I'm delighted that I can take my friendly advisor with me literally in my pocket! The ideas really work and I already feel much more confident that I am good parent. I highly recommend this book; it is the only quick read A-Z book for parents of pre-schoolers that I have found on the market. And, it's reasonably priced, what a bargain!!
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By lisagmq on 20 Feb 2006
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Whoever said that children didn't come with an instruction manual was wrong. This book proves that a lot of the issues that I experience (eg encouraging my children to listen) or am concerned about (eg dealing with strangers) can be learned through advice from others.
With a 4 and 2 year old, time is of the essence and this book allows me to quickly look up suggestions on how to deal with many of the day to day issues or to sanity check actions that I am instinctively taking as a Mummy. More importantly, the suggestions work! I would happily recommend it to any parent as it would, at the very least, provide a source of amusement and that in itself is a great start to dealing with any issue.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 May 2005
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This book has given me, a dad with 3 young children, so many ideas that work on my 3,4 and 7 year old. The best thing about this easy reference guide is that you don't have to read it cover to cover--Just flip to the behavior that is challenging you in the A-Z format of the book and get a variety of short bulleted tips to try on the spot. All the hundreds of suggestions are very brief. And many of them are followed by short anecdotes in green highlighted text that are hysterically familiar that serve to further explain the technique in a very concrete way....it actually seems as if the authors had spied in my window and wrote specifically about my 3 son's misbehavior!
Just about every challenge I face with my 3,4 and 7 year is covered...whining, picky eaters, sibling fights, tantrums, lying, biting, potty training, endless interrupting, separation anxiety, not picking up the toys, hints to keep child in bed, and many others. If you are considering buying one book for trouble shooting common annoying behaviors of 2- to 6-year-olds (although many techniques work on all ages)...I highly recommend THE POCKET PARENT... I love the sense of humor throughout the book. And,I really liked all the anecdotes referring to dads and their kids because many parenting books only give examples with mums. Many thanks to the sensative mothers who purposely wrote this book for Dads as well as Mums.
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