The Parent's Success Guide to Parenting

The Parent's Success Guide to Parenting

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This title covers the essentials of raising your little one - diapers, feedings, discipline, manners, daycare - with all there is to know about parenting, what's a busy parent to do? The "Parent's Success Guide to Parenting" tells you everything you need to know to prepare for and enjoy your child from day one to day three thousand and one. This convenient, portable guide helps you understand and guide your child (and keep your cool!), featuring parent-friendly solutions for: nurturing a healthy body and mind; handling physical milestones; successful, stress-free potty training; teaching good behavior; keeping your child safe and happy; sharing in parenting (it really does take a village). Plus, in every "Parent's Success Guide", you get Top Ten lists and timesaving tips!
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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.7 x 12.7mm | 317.52g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • 0764559273
  • 9780764559273

Table of contents

Part 1: Parenting Basics. Chapter 1: Primary Parenting Principles. First Things First: Using This Book. The Duties and Responsibilities of a Parent. The Roles a Parent Must Play. The positive role model. The ever present teacher. The good listener. The friend who's still the parent. The Importance of Keeping Your Sense of Humor. Chapter 2: From the Beginning, Communication Is Key. Talking Effectively. Teaching Basic Communication Skills. Answering Awkward Questions. Communicating with Stickers and Notes. Chapter 3: Setting Boundaries, Being Consistent, and Following Through. Setting Boundaries for Your Children. Factors that encourage kids to thrive within the boundaries. Why kids always test boundaries, no matter what. Being Consistent with the Rules. When to be consistent. Two simple rules for you, the parent. Following Throug h by Sticking to Your Word. Choose your battles. When you say you're going to do something, do it. Ensure that your child understands why you did it. Chapter 4: Managing Behavior: Your Child's and Your Own! Giving Praise. Giving Plenty of Attention. Keeping Idle Hands Busy. Projects that connect your kids with the family. Play that moves toddler/preschooler muscles and builds confidence. Toys that spark toddler/preschooler imaginations. Resources for planning fun and well rounded activities. Keeping Your Cool with the Kids. Part 2: Dealing with the Easy Stuff: Physical Development. Chapter 5: But That Shirt Fit Yesterday!: Your Child's Growth. Toddler Milestones. General development. General growth. Preschooler Milestones. General development. General growth. School Age Milestones. School readiness skills. Skills learned through friends. General growth. Puberty. Puberty in girls. Puberty in boys. Your Own Child's Milestones. Chapter 6: Nurturing a Healthy Body and Mind. Establishing Healthy Eating Habits. Choosing healthy brain foods. Avoiding the picky eater syndrome. Dieting. Snacking. Dealing with moodiness, crankiness, and hyperactivity. Taking precautions against food poisoning. Making Fitness Part of Your Kids' Lives. Creating a fit, healthy environment at home. Getting physical education at school. Chapter 7: Getting Good Sleep without Relying on Sheep. Ensuring That Kids Get Enough Zzzs. Making Strategic Bedtime Plans. Troubleshooting Sleep Behaviors That Need to Change. Creating a family bed. Other solutions for kids who wake up during the night. Changing habits that you started. Handling Naps. Chapter 8: Diapers, Hit the Road. Recognizing the Signs of Readiness. Choosing the Right Time to Potty Train. Prepping for Potty Training Weekend. Let your child watch you use the toilet. Let your child practice clothed potty sits. Let your child watch you dispose of diaper contents. Potty Training Weekend. Prepping your child and feeding for success. Step 1: Helping a doll use the potty. Step 2: Sitting on the potty. Step 3: Setting up a success chart. Step 4: Switching to training pants. Ways to Keep Potty Training Working. Part 3: Guiding Your Child through the Years. Chapter 9: What's Going On Upstairs: Your Child's Emotional Development. The Toddler/Preschooler Stage. What you can expect. What you can do to help. The School Age Stage. What you can expect. What you can do to help. The Teenage Stage. What you can expect. What you can do to help. How Birth Order Affects Behavior. Chapter 10: Parenting through Tough Times. Disciplining and Punishing Your Kids. Being in charge without being a tyrant. Using punishment as an educational tool. Dealing with the Loss of a Parent through Death or Divorce. Rebuilding physical security. Rebuilding emotional security. Responding to the longing for attention. Getting professional counseling. Moving to a New School. Chapter 11: Family Matters. Dealing with Sibling Rivalry. Some guidelines for you, the parent. Sharing and playing together. Developing a loving, caring relationship. Communicating nicely. Responding to a new baby in the family. Being a Successful Stepfamily. Bonding with stepchildren. Battling stepsiblings. Playing the name game. Disliking a new stepchild. Disagreeing on discipline policies. Clashing about the cash. Dealing with all the relatives. Misfiring on all cylinders. Taking the High Road When Single Parenting. Devising a co parenting plan with your ex. Getting a tune up if things are running rough. Avoiding the biggest mistakes made by single parents. Chapter 12: It Takes a Village: Sharing in Parenting. Co Parenting: Being Part of a Team. The business of having fun together. Sharing housework. Handling mutual decision making. Sharing childcare. Finding Opposite Sex Role Models If You're a Single Parent. Why kids need a female role model. Why kids need a male role model. How to find role models for your kids. Finding Good Childcare. Daycare centers. Private sitters. Co op programs. After school programs. Questions to ask when childcare hunting. Chapter 13: No Slurpy Soup, Please: Instilling Good Social Skills. Teaching Basic Good Manners. Maintaining Household Harmony by Setting Etiquette Expectations. Setting a good example at the table. Dining out as a family. Using courtesy regarding the telephone. Divvying up the household chores. Using fair share as an expression of courtesy. Talking to Your Children about People with Disabilities. Part 4: Health and Safety. Chapter 14: Preventing Trips to the Doctor. Developing Healthy Habits. Preventing the Spread of Germs. Taking Precautions against the Elements. Sun protection. Heat protection. Cold protection (as in weather, not the sniffles). Knowing What to Keep in the Medicine Cabinet. Chapter 15: Visiting Dr. Everything'll Be All Right. Establishing a Positive Child/Doctor Relationship. Scheduling Regular Checkups. Immunizations. Vision. Speech and hearing. Teeth. Dealing with Illness. Signs that your child may be sick. Sniffles and sneezes. Fevers. Ear infections. If You're in the Market for a Doctor. Chapter 16: Keeping Your Child Safe (In a World That Isn't Always). Teaching Safety Basics to Toddlers. Ensuring Safety around the House. Bedroom safety. Living/family room safety. Kitchen safety. Bathroom safety. General fire safety devices for the home. Preventing Accidents. Burn prevention. Choking hazards. Playing don'ts. Swimming do's. Talking about Drugs, Alcohol, and Smoking. Ten Ways to Nurture Smart Kids. Ten Things to Do Every Day. Index.
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About Sandra Hardin Gookin

Sandra Hardin Gookin, co author of Parenting For Dummies, 2nd Edition, has a degree in speech communications from Oklahoma State University. Her communications background and experience in parenting methods have been the basis for her parenting theories. She is the mother of four boys. Dan Gookin, co author of Parenting For Dummies, 2nd Edition, has written more than 75 books about computers, and his works have been translated into 34 languages. Dan wrote the first For Dummies book (and many after that), so the light, humorous, and informative style of For Dummies books is Dan's style. He is the father of four boys. Marlene Targ Brill, author of Raising Smart Kids For Dummies, is an early childhood specialist, special educator, and mother. Her background of multiple degrees in education, 13 years of teaching and training other teachers, and practical experience on the home front contribute to her parenting focus and practical suggestions. Marion Peterson, MFT, co author of Single Parenting For Dummies, has experienced divorce, single parenting, and blended family life firsthand. She has a master's degree in clinical psychology; is a Licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist; is certified in Scientific Marital Therapy; and has facilitated many groups, including those for Parents in Pain, single parents, and women in transition. Diane Warner, co author of Single Parenting For Dummies, writes for magazines, newspapers, and Web sites, and is the best selling author of 21 books. She is also a professional speaker and has made appearances on national television and radio, including Discovery Channel, CNN, and Home & Garden TV. Diane Stafford, co author of Potty Training For Dummies, taught high school journalism and English and then became a writer/editor, serving as editor in chief of many publications, including Health & Fitness Magazine and Texas Woman Magazine. She has won awards for health writing, and now edits and writes books. Jennifer Shoquist, MD, co author of Potty Training For Dummies, is a family practice physician and serves as a health issues resource for journalists. She completed her medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, followed by family practice residency at Memorial Southwest Hospital. Sue Fox, author of Etiquette For Dummies, is the Founder and President of Etiquette Survival, Inc. (formerly The Workshoppe) and ESK Publishing Group (a California based professional development and publishing company). She provides group training and private consultations to business professionals, corporations, children, and educational institutions. She is the mother of two sons. Sandra Blackthorn has a degree in journalism from Indiana University and has been involved with For Dummies books since 1992, serving first as a project editor, senior editor, and editorial manager, and now as a freelance writer and consultant. She is the mother of two children.
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