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The Pocket Parent

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  177 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
It's instant relief for when your 2-year-old is on the floor of the toy store, pitching 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 s
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Workman Publishing Company
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Barb
May 08, 2008 Barb rated it it was ok
...well, I guess you're suppose to whip this baby out in the midst of a wicked arms flailing, legs flying tantrum....throw your hands up in the air and scream, "Wait, wait - time out!! I must read the amusing anecdote on page 15 before we can proceed!!"
I found this guide - I wouldn't call it a book - a little too Brady Bunch for my tastes. The guide is comprised of a lot of "stories with morals." The stories are a little too clean and the outcome's too predictable. The pages are filled with comm
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HeavyReader
Sep 25, 2014 HeavyReader rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents with kids under 5 years old
I found this book at an overpriced thrift shop on half price day. Because Louise and Ed have just had a baby, I'm on the lookout for baby and kid related things I can send them.

Upon flipping through this book, I found the advice really good. Advice is based on communication between parents and children. The authors let the parents know they (the parents) are the ones in charge, but encourage parents to talk and listen to their kids.

I ended up reading the entire book before sending it off to Loui
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Lori
Jan 01, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
I haven't read this book cover to cover, but it's more like a reference book. I think overall it has been helpful. Especially when I am at my wits end with a particular parenting scenario. I do think it is rather idealistic at times and super cheesed up, but it gives good ideas and if not an idea that will work directly, reading this helps lead to other ideas to try. Overall, it's been handy to have around. Would technically give it 3.5 stars.
Clare
Oct 27, 2012 Clare rated it liked it
The book contains useful ideas & is well-organized to help you skip to the section that you need.
I read just the sections that apply to my kids, a son age 4 and triplets age 2. So I guess that means I had to read a whole bunch of sections...help me?!?!...haha
Stephanie
Mar 24, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, march
An excellent resource, with great tips to implement immediately. It also has a very pro-parent slant, unlike many books these days -- realizing that we parents do make mistakes, and that guilt doesn't help. I don't often buy parenting books, but I will be purchasing this one.
Megan
Sep 07, 2009 Megan rated it liked it
Good, quick-hit parenting advice for the preschool set. A lot of it is common sense, but still helpful when you find yourself at a loss.
Molly
Apr 09, 2008 Molly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
Some really helpful tips for dealing with toddler and preschooler issues. It's a quick reference guide with great advice that you can pick and choose ideas from when you need them!
Liz
Mar 24, 2010 Liz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, own
Where has this little book been hiding? It's crammed with thoughtful, sensible, useful & usable advice.
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Very helpful thus far. Good on giving quick advice and reinforcing love!
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