Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “What Great Parents Do: 75 Proven Strategies for Raising Fantastic Kids” as Want to Read:
What Great Parents Do: 75 Proven Strategies for Raising Fantastic Kids
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

What Great Parents Do: 75 Proven Strategies for Raising Fantastic Kids

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  311 ratings  ·  56 reviews
A golden rule book to parenting best practices, What Great Parents Do concisely presents key strategies to help parents reshape kids' challenging behaviors, create strong family bonds, and guide children toward becoming happy, kind, responsible adults.

What Great Parents Do is an everything-you-need-to-know road map for parenting that you will consult again and again. Psych
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by TarcherPerigee (first published June 7th 2016)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about What Great Parents Do, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about What Great Parents Do

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.90  · 
Rating details
 ·  311 ratings  ·  56 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of What Great Parents Do: 75 Proven Strategies for Raising Fantastic Kids
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it
First-reads Win-Goodreads.

I would honestly give this book a 3.5. It's not a bad book but to me it's a lot of matter of opinion. Helpful hints yes, but I can't see anyone but a psychiatrist responding to and having a family that communicates like this in this book. I don't know if its also a culture clash for me. I didn't agree with some methods. No disrespect to the author, but a bit seems phony-fake to me. Also the whole time I'm reading it, I'm picturing that tv special with Martha Stuart and
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The format of this book is readable and easy to follow - most strategies include a tip for how to apply or practice it in real life. Her many examples made it possible to visualize what the strategy means and looks like.

It could probably have been "50 Proven Strategies" since some of them were repetitive or just an expansion of others. Overall, I felt like I learned both new parenting strategies as well as new ways of thinking about things I'm already doing or trying to do.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Easy to pick up and put down, these quick chapters focus on one small aspect of parenting and how exactly to implement it. Full of a few good reminders:

Great parents:
* show empathy for the way their kids experience the world
* see the goal of discipline is learning, not punishment
* help their children improve their self-control in order to achieve a goal
* give kids previews of the bad things that might happen and give them the freedom to decide whether to proceed. (Then review later in a nonjudgm
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
As a parenting book, I like the format. As advertised in the title, it gives 75 quick tips for parenting. Many of them overlap as would be expected. The nice part is they are quick and to the point. Here's the tip, here's why it's important, here's a sample way to implement it. Many other books on this topic get preachy. This is a very quick read for these reasons. Many of the tips will seem like common sense. For instance, don't yell at your kids. I knew that but I yell at mine anyway. I like t ...more
Stephanie Sheaffer
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Picked this one up off the library shelves without knowing anything about (which I rarely do).

I was pleasantly surprised. The chapters are bite-sized and organized, giving specific strategies and ideas for parenting kids of all ages. Nothing revolutionary, but always helpful to be reminded of ways to improve myself.

Overall? This is a good resource and I recommend.

* I'd probably give this a 3.5, but .5's aren't possible on goodreads. ;)
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Giving this one four stars mostly because the principles are sound, not that there's anything especially new for me here. Good examples, though, and I liked the concise format.
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, parenting
I've been in a reading slump for a couple of months now, so maybe it's me, but I found this book tedious, repetitive, and difficult to get through despite its brevity. Not because the content itself is difficult to understand (quite the opposite), but because so much of it cross-references and repeats.

The advice is clearly well-intentioned, but the bite-sized chapters are too brief to be meaningful, and the constant cross-referencing between tips made me feel like I was reading the index pages o
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Dr. Reishcher takes a wealth of parenting, nurturing and counseling resources and skills, simplifies them and lays them out for nurturers to skim or devour. A handy guidebook for raising children from early years through young adulthood. Her first strategy is empathy. Reischer has example scripts for parents to practice and examples of how to implement empathy and the other strategies. These strategies are useful in the workplace and in volunteer situations as well as in the home.
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pregnancy-babies
Easy to read, lots of information, and very straightforward. I would highly recommend this for new parents, parents who feel like they are having trouble connecting or communicating with their children, and parents who need help getting back on track after a major life disruption (divorce, mental heath lapse, a period of unemployment, etc) which may have affected their relationship with their kids.
Tanya Hill
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Easy to read with bite size chapters with ideas and tips on parenting. I found this insightful and thought provoking on what not to say/do and alternatives which I will already be trying to take on board in day to day life. I would have liked a little more science and psychology but think it will be great for my husband to read.
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great, quick read to solidify parenting approaches we have in place as well as consider new ones. It’s often about being open to different perspectives of situations, behaviors and feelings and this book gave a lot of food for thought for how to view things in a new light. The examples make it easy to act and relate. Would recommend to other parents.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is hardly revolutionary, but I liked that it was short and too-the-point about how to be a good parent. I think it's a useful thing to pick up when you need to reboot or rethink things.

That said, perhaps it was a little too brief in some areas...and a little too Mary Poppins?
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Basic/essential pointers, many of which focus on handling behavioral issues, covered thoroughly and concisely. I worked my way through this over the course of a year, reading one or two strategies at a time. The book's structure lends itself to reading this way, which I appreciated!
Ertgrl Blm
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I know that you don't want to read this book (empathy) (acknowledge feelings) I didn't want it neither (validate feelings) at the same time (not but) and or also we should read it to be good parents (reason)
Khaja Minhajuddin
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-again
I loved the book, it is backed by a lot of research and doesn't just give you opinions. It also goes against the common wisdom of giving kids stars and monetary rewards (which is also backed by research).
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book on parenting with actionable tips. Very easy to read and understand.
Helen Hanna
It was really only from chapter 55 onward that I gained the most insight and practical tips that I think I can implement.
Derek Thue
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good layout in quick read. Using all of the tips is ideal but even if you can use four or five in combination it will be better off with your kids no matter what age they are
Mary Melone
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Packed with simple and concise tips that parents can start applying right away. There are relevant and helpful examples for each tip. Great book!
Lisanne Cozart
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
I could sum this up as DUH!! This book is filled with a whole lot of common sense, but much of our culture is seeming to lack this.
Kimberly Mccune
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting, 2017
The short, concise chapters make this a great resource for any parent. Some of the ideas became repetitive but I think that is part of the nature of how the book is structured.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly helpful book. I've already used several of the strategies with the children I nanny--to great effect.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Pretty basic information if you’ve read parenting books in the past. But the author says that’s what this is, just all compiled into one resource.
I felt the examples given were mostly practical.
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve been slowly reading this over a year. 75 short chapters with clear, researched parenting strategies. A good resource. But my heart still belongs to 1-2-3 Magic.
Nikki Gomez
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Short and with lots of strategies that you can immediately implement.
Major Doug
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Listened to this book: some good verbal techniques, rehash of others'stuff; disagree with rigid stance on spanking. Less preachy; more practical.
Ozum Arzik
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good to recall what to do as a parent.
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good book with really interesting tips and tricks some I did know and some that im excited to try out.
useful information in this great book
Anita Fajita Pita
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay, this is a great tool to have in your parenting toolbox. I've already tried, suceeded, and failed, to implement a few of her 'try this' tactics. It's not a catch all for every family, of course. I think although she includes many caviats for younger/older children, this would be better served on a new parent who hasn't yet built up years of frustration and failed parenting tactics. ha.

I'd also like to point out that much of parenting, and the author says so in many more words and spread ou
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman
  • The Postman's Fiancée
  • Death Ex Machina (The Athenian Mysteries, #5)
  • Death on Delos (The Athenian Mysteries, #7)
  • Secrets of Question-Based Selling
  • Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power
  • Muddy Boots Leadership: Real Life Stories and Personal Examples of Good, Bad, and Unexpected Results
  • Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous!
  • How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success from the World’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs
  • The Moon Moth
  • Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less
  • Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
  • Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
  • The Five Love Languages of Children
  • On The Pulse Of Morning
  • The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience
  • Oh She Glows Every Day: Simply Satisfying Plant-Based Recipes to Keep You Glowing from the Inside Out
  • Kapky na kameni: 50 příběhů českých a slovenských rebelek
See similar books…

News & Interviews

  Let your voice be heard! We need your help selecting the best books of the year during the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards, our 12th annual...
85 likes · 49 comments