Parenting For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 14, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 416 pages
Having a baby is an incredible experience, and the ultimate responsibility! Parenting is a job that you start with no training at all – and friends and family always seem to be the first to tell you how best to bring up your children. But there's no sure-fire formula for raising kids. Maybe that's because every child, like every parent, is an individual, and no two parent-child relationships are ever the same. So, you can give up any notions of being a perfect parent. But, you can learn to keep the big mistakes to a minimum and make the parenting experience easier and more rewarding for your children and yourself. Which is where this book comes in.

Covering information for newborns to pre-teens, Parenting For Dummies gives you the essentials of parenting basics. From dealing with a crying baby and potty training, to building self-esteem and dealing with sibling rivalry, it offers a gold mine of up-to-date advice.


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Whats Normal Whats Not
What Keeps Us Awake At Night and What To Do About It
She suddenly wont sleep through
She comes into our bed
She gets up too early
Chapter 15
The kitchen
The bathroom

Oh and watch for the funny bits
Parts all parents should play
Worries all parents share
Chapter 2
Understanding why boundaries work even when theyre broken
Making Boundaries Work
Being clear certain and consistent
Spelling out the consequences
Reshaping boundaries together
Chapter 3
Discovering the truth about kids and relationships
Presenting a united parenting front
Finding time to be together
Working with Other Parents
And when youre better off not listening
Single but Not Solo
Choosing mentors
Chapter 4
Eight Skills That Will Serve You for Years
Avoiding the Common Parenting Pitfalls
Five Golden Mantras Great Parents Repeat Every Day
Once more with feeling
Chapter 5
The day nursery
The nanny
The granny
Finding the Right People for the Job
Going on a childminder hunt?
Going on a nanny hunt?
Separation and Settling In
The Wise Parents Guide to Childcare
Part II
Chapter 6
Fasten on your Lplates
Why Didnt Anyone Tell Me?
I cant handle this tiredness
Holding Patterns
Nappy Knowhow
Changingmat rules and ruses
Blotchy bottoms
Getting out and about
Looking After Yourself
Coping? Of course Im coping
The four rules of relationship rehab
Chapter 7
Why breastfeedings great
Giving breastfeeding your best shot
How to breastfeed
Why we give up and how to avoid it
Supplementary bottles
Doing it in public
Weaning from the breast
The Truth about Bottlefeeding
Vital safety facts
There She Blows The Strange New Art of Winding
Chapter 8
Letting the Food Fun Begin
Grubs up Loading the spoon
Here it comes
Purée and Simple
Being a Food Whizz
Signs to Watch For
Chapter 9
Safe Sleeping
Distinguishing Night and Day
And So to Bed
Massage magic
Soothing ideas
Teaching Baby to SelfCalm
Wailing in the Wee Hours
What to do when it happens again 1
What to do when it happens again 2
Chapter 10
Tummy time
Doing the locomotion
The Truth about Baby Toys
Developing Early Language and Social Skills
Why baby chat works
Do I know you? Becoming aware of self and others
Six Cool Things New Mums Should Do Eventually
Overstimulating and How to Avoid It
On or Off? Babies and TV
Chapter 11
Oral thrush
Teething pains
To jab or not to jab?
Making jabs less of a pain
Vomiting and diarrhoea
Coughs and colds
Common infectious illnesses
The needtoknow facts
Allergies Asthma and Eczema
Part III
Chapter 12
Realistic Expectations
When to try for dry days
Potty Preparations
Is your child ready?
Are you ready?
Got the props?
Okay Lets Go PottyTraining Boot Camp Day One
How to make it easy peesy for her
Accidents will happen
So how did it go?
Beyond Day One
Letting her take the lead
I can wipe my own bottom
Dealing with Setbacks
The tough nut
Chapter 13
The beginnerlevel tantrum
Its what he wants really
Your Antiscream Action Plan
Heading off the meltdown
Oh no Stopping the strop
Special Tantrums Special Measures
Chapter 14
Good eats good treats
The truth about tubby tots
Common Parent Complaints
She wont eat vegetables
She wont eat meat
She wont let me feed her
She just wont eat
The garden
Houseproofing Your Toddler
Staying Safe on the Road
Kerbside rules
Playing Safe
At the park
Chapter 16
The art of conversation
The sway of song
The power of books
Ready Steady Go Winning Play for Active Bodies
From toddling to trikes
Little hands at work
With You With Others
Friends over? Time to parallel play
Going solo? Time for independent play
Part IV
Chapter 17
Why little darlings act like little demons
Great expectations? Lower them now
Tactics that can backfire and why
Five patented parent windups and how not to let them get to you
Teaching Please Thank You and Other Good Manners
Five to Teach Your Child by the Age of 5
Chapter 18
Eat up Feeding fads that drive you mad
Food mistakes even good parents make
Ten ace appetiteboosting ideas
But what if shes a big eater?
Sleep and NotSoSweet Dreams
What keeps her up and how to get her back down
Chapter 19
Imaginary powers
The cardoll divide
Curiouser and curiouser
Where do babies come from Mummy?
A word about TV
Lets Get Physical Revving Up Those Motor Skills
Busy fingers
Fun with Friends
Mine All mine Oh okay your turn
Chapter 20
What matters most?
What to look for
Getting Ready for the First Day
Settling in and saying goodbye
And when she comes home
What your child needs to know before she starts and what she doesnt
What if we dont get the place we want?
Part V
Chapter 21
Taking the First Year Reception P1 in Your Stride
Strange faces tricky places
Part one
From Infants to Juniors
The big years Years 3 and 4
The Secrets of Good ParentTeacher Communication
Be the kind of parent teachers appreciate
Chapter 22
Good choices bad choices
Tackling weighty issues
Want to try this? Widening tastes
Into bed
Out of bed
Keeping Your Older Child Healthy
Growing up and puberty
Keeping Your Older Child Safe
Chapter 23
Encouraging Good Behaviour
Set clear rules
Seek cooperation cleverly
Be open to negotiation
Handling Bad Behaviour
Acknowledge his feelings and share yours
Way out or consequence?
Forgive and forget
Plugging Away at Good Manners
Chapter 24
The needtoknow facts
Nurturing a Sense of Self
Boosting selfrespect
Accepting your child for who she is
Letting her be bored
Oh the things they say
Nine things to have done by age 9
The rites of passage
Understanding Big Peoples Upheavals and Small Peoples Feelings
The truth about TV and computer games
Part VI
Chapter 25
Setting the Scene
Thinking about the practicalities
Hello Baby Making Introductions
Reactions To Be Ready For
The sibling doll
Five Ideas to Keep Your Head above Water
Chapter 26
Diversionary Tactics
Oi Referee Knowing When and How to Get Involved
No mine Fights over property rights
Fixing It So They Squabble Less
But its not fair
Chapter 27
Making each child feel special
What if you really do have a favourite?
Not Letting Those Labels Stick
Born To Be Different? The Truth About Birth Order
Understanding your oldest child
Understanding your youngest child
But Ive only got one child
Part VII
Chapter 28
Count to ten
Remember how old they are or not
Chapter 29
Shes got a huge cut
Shes having a fit
Shes been bitten or stung
Chapter 30
Shopping on a tight budget
The changing mat and bag
The travel cot
The wheels
The baby seat
The sling
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Helen Brown is a journalist and a mother of three. She is Senior Editor for Boots Parenting Club magazines, the former Parenting Editor of She magazine and writes regularly for Mother and Baby.

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