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Gail Reichlin , Caroline Winkler
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30 Oct 2001
It's instant relief - for when your 2-year-old is on the floor of the toy store, throwing a fit. Or when brother and sister discover that they can't stand each other. Or when your son can't say no to video games. THE POCKET PARENT is, literally, a pocket-size book of tried-and-true advice, common sense, parental wisdom, and sanity. Written by two professionals who've reared six children between them and made a career out of helping others with parenting issues, this handy book will be a lifesaver for every parent of a 2-to-5-year-old. It begins with an overall view of the POCKET PARENT approach to discipline. Based on unconditional love but firm limits, and aimed at keeping the child's dignity and self-esteem intact, here are strategies that include "I" statements, modeling, family meetings, and "one word" requests. Once the ground rules are set, the guide moves to an A-to-Z compendium of common problems. Just look it up - Anger, Bad Words, Biting, Chores, Doctor Visits, Fears at Night, Lying, Separation, Anxiety - and find the "Sanity Savers" list of suggestions, easy-to-follow bullets, anecdotes, and more. For the bag, glove compartment, backpack, or shelf in the kitchen, it's there for you whenever you need it.

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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: 128,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
By simon
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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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy A-Z Parenting Guide for 2-6 year olds 4 Sep 2005
By A Customer
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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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book on Parenting I've Ever Read! 13 Aug 2002
"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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
The Pocket Parent offers a wide variety of specific tips to try in different situations in order to get more compliance and less defiance from my 4-year-old granddaughter.  I also have used some of the communication strategies on Grandfather and even he seems to cooperate more--the first time I ask!   I realize that when I am short of time and patience, it's easy to resort to the things that don't often work like yelling, threatening and criticizing. This quick read reference book clearly gives many wise alternatives with great examples to follow. Although some of the tips take practice, many suggestions have already worked for me. I also appreciate the humor...we all need to know we are not the only ones that ocassionally feel we are just about at our wits' end! Raising children today is definitely not easy, but it's the most wonderful job in the world...especially the second time around with the grandchildren!
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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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 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ... this book and it has actually been a very useful quick reference...
I've recently bought this book and it has actually been a very useful quick reference guide. I felt I should mark it down though following a review of the section on death. Read more
Published 2 months ago by hannah ellacott
2.0 out of 5 stars Patronising, and nothing new
You buy this kind of book because you're feeling in need of some help / advice, perhaps your child/ren are playing up a bit, not eating their dinner, going through a tantrum-y... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Katya
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Listed alphabetically, so easy to refer to when looking for a specific issue/problem. Nice and easy read with real life examples. I liked it.
Published on 5 Nov 2010 by Mrs Inga Jokubauske
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely wee book - a must for a parent
I bought this book abroad in other language and decided to give it as a present to all my friends with small kids. Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2010 by A. Mitrovic Kotuckova
5.0 out of 5 stars the pocket parent
absolutely invaluable!! have borrowed so many books from friends and library and this is by far the best. Read more
Published on 22 May 2009 by Mrs. K. A. Grace
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful information but very american
Some very good stuff really focussing on the problem and how to manage confrontation / difficult behaviour. Clearly written. The examples given are helpful. Read more
Published on 6 May 2009 by F. Moeskops
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge help!
I have read quite a few of these type of books and although they have all contributed to the way I am trying to raise my children this book has helped me the most. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2008 by GinMummy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected!
I purchased this book last February following the fantastic reviews that it had been given. I wanted a book to offer advice on various situations with my toddler; this seemed to... Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2008 by Mrs. K. J. Dourish
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable
This is fantastic. Really easy to dip in and find advice on specific topics, and written in great style - expert advice plus ideas from parents who are going through what you are. Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2007 by S. L. Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars Anecdotal Manual
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... Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2006 by lisagmq
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