The Pocket Parent Paperback – 30 Oct 2001
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From the Back Cover
The Pocket Parent is a lifesaver of tried-and-true advice, common sense, parental wisdom, and sanity. Its philosophy of discipline marries unconditional love with firm limits; its strategies bring both immediate relief and long-term understanding to children's behavior problems.
"At last, a how-to book "on parenting" that has depth as well as offering excellent, practical advice." (Stanley Turecki, M.D., Author of "The Difficult Child" and "Normal Kids Have Problems Too"
"A superb handbook for parents: humane, reassuring, practical. Thirty years ago when I was a young mother, Dr. Spock was on my bedside table. If I were that mother today, "The Pocket Parent" would be there, as well as in my purse, my car, and anywhere else I could consult it at a moment's notice." (Carolyn Newberger, Ed, D., (Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School)
"Written in a positive compassionate tone and sprinkled with personal anecdotes, this invaluable compendium offers expert wisdom for positively shaping children's behavior while strengthening family bonds." (Marianne Neifert, M.D., "Dr Mom," Contributing Editor to "Parenting" Magazine)
About the Author
Gail Reichlin, a preschool teacher for 30 years, is founder and executive director of the Parents Resource Network. She cohosted a cable television program on parenting in Chicago with Caroline Winkler and is the mother of three children.
BURTON L. WHITE is the director of the Center for Parent Education in Newton, Massachusetts, and the designer of the Missouri New Parents as Teachers Project. The father of four (now grown) children, he lives in Waban, Massachusetts.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
For all of the main areas that most parents have to deal with (tantrums, potty training, getting kids to bed, etc) this book has a section devoted to it - first with a simple question and answer dealing with the issue. Then, a list of tons of practical suggestions, briefly written with entertaining examples - this is the real meat of the book in my opinion - it's like all of the practical advice everyone has ever given on a topic is condensed into that part of this book. Then, each section ends with a bottom line conclusion. These "bottom lines" basically act as that little bit of support every parent needs to deal with the frustration of having kids.
My bottom line is: this book is a really great resource. It definitely makes the perfect gift for new parents, or even as a parent gift for the kids' birthdays. Believe me, a parent will appreciate it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I decided to buy this book after having read several reviews and thinking it had to be worth a go. We have a stubborn 2 1/2 year old (plus a baby on the way) who has recently... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michelle M.
Utter crap ! Nicely laid out and illustrated ... but doesn't contain anything you don't already know!Published 8 months ago by Stuart
Bought for my sister who is expecting and keeps asking me about handling children... found this - perfect! Full of great tips on great ways to handle little ones. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Elizabeth Booth
Didn't really think much to it . Found it too cheesy and felt I couldn't relate
Going to try the new three day nanny book instead
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 morePublished on 22 July 2014 by hannah ellacott
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 morePublished on 14 May 2013 by Katya
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