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Puberty, divorce, drugs, masturbation, eating disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are all waiting to ambush the unsuspecting parent in a midchild crisis, and each one is thoroughly addressed in this encyclopedic tour of the years between infancy and adolescence. In fact, the chapters that cover traditional medical problems--ear infections, stomach aches, hives, broken bones--are in the minority. Most of the clear, simple writing is devoted to social matters and the psychology of parenting. What should you do if your child is being bullied? Is it OK for a child to attend a funeral at this age? How do you control temper tantrums? Does it help to repeat a grade if your child isn't doing well in school?

The second in a three-volume series, this revised and updated guide culls advice from more than 60 pediatric specialists. As a result, it assumes a middle-of-the-road stance meant for the average parent. For detailed information about complex topics, such as learning disabilities and chronic illnesses like asthma and diabetes, parents may need to search for more specialized titles. But as a first reference and general guide, this book fills the parenting advice void in the middle years with a reassuring voice. --Jodi Mailander Farrell

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State-of-the-art advice for mothers, fathers, and caregivers from the American Academy of Pediatrics

You've outgrown the baby books--but your school-age child needs you more than ever.

No longer are the middle years of childhood considered a time of relative calm and smooth development. During the years from five to twelve, children must master the skills and habits that determine their future health and well-being--and parents have a crucial role to play. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the organization that represents the nation's finest pediatricians and the most advanced research and practice in the field of child health from infancy to young adulthood, presents this fully revised and updated guide for parents who want to help their children thrive during these exciting and challenging years.

Comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date, Caring for Your School-Age Child includes advice on:

Charting your child's physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth
Dealing with the gender-specific issues facing boys and girls as they approach adolescence
Recognizing your child's important emotional and social issues, including making friends, school behavior, sex education, self-esteem, and attention deficit disorder
Maintaining discipline and authority while forging a respectful relationship with your child
Handling divorce, stepfamilies, adoption, sibling rivalry, and
dual-working-parent households
Combating procrastination, laziness, aggressiveness or shyness, and bed-wetting
Understanding your child's inborn temperament--and how it
affects the child-parent relationship
Treating childhood injuries and ailments--a comprehensive health guide
And much more

Caring for Your School-Age Child is an essential childcare resource for all parents who want to provide the very best care for their children--and the one guide pediatricians routinely recommend and parents can safely trust.

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Product Details

  • Series: Child Care S
  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Rev Sub edition (July 6, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553379925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553379921
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 2001
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When my kids were younger, I relied on the first book in the American Academy of Pediatrics's series, Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, when my children were ill and when I had questions about whether they were growing and developing "normally." I thought this book would be similar, but cover older kids. It doesn't! As the Amazon review above mentions, discussions of childhood illnesses and injuries are kept to a minimum. Almost any time one of my kids has a symptom or illness and I'm wondering if it is serious enough to require a visit to the doctor, the book has little or nothing to say on the subject. Instead, there are lengthy discussions of things like ADHD and learning disabilities that you might never encounter in your kids, as well as info. on taking care of your kids' emotional health. Useful information, but not what I wanted when I bought a book from the APA!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2004
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I have found this book to be up-to-date and very helpful. This is not a traditional medical guide -- don't look here for the symptoms of meningitis -- rather, it is a guide to the key developmental and behavioral issues of this age group. The book does NOT endorse an authoritarian approach-- to the contrary, it encourages parents to learn to communicate effectively with their kids, to develop a trusting, supportive relationship. Neither does it reinforce traditional gender roles. It shows the wide range of what is normal, including helpful descriptions of various temperaments, and what kind of behavior parents should consider warning signs that more help is needed. I've found this to be an insightful, compassionate guide to my son's inner (and outer) world, and it has helped my husband and me to be better parents.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Devlin M. Ciarrochi on February 17, 2005
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This book picks up just where the 0-5 book leaves off. I wanted this book for topics about talking to my kids about sex, emotional and behavioral issues and this book meets those needs plus many many more. It still touches on the most common illnesses and injuries (though someone below says it doesn't). Great book. If you liked the 0-5 one you will like this one as well!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SMC on October 13, 2009
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Most "child development" books rest on the traditional medical reference questions: What do I do if my child has a sore throat, stomach pain, and fever of 102? What do I do if she falls on her head at the playground? This book focuses LESS on that (which you can pretty much find in the first AAP book "Birth to age 5"), and more on how to navigate your child's growing social needs. Defiance, homework, sibling rivalry, grief and loss, divorce ... these are issues that are rarely covered for the mid-childhood school years. I initially bought this book thinking it was the traditional "medical reference book" and was actually pleasantly surprised at how helpful it was in covering parenting issues for these formative years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By momster54 on January 10, 2007
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I was disappointed because the earlier book (Birth to Age 5) had a wealth of Medical Information. This book deals mainly with emotional, developmental and social issues. If you are looking for medical information and guidance when your child is sick, this is not the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss A J McLaren on August 22, 2013
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This has been my baby bible. This has saved my sanity countless times. Puts paid to dreadfull advice from the general knowledgable population. You have to buy this book if you want to care well for your child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RVN on November 11, 2014
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This reference manual from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an excellent, comprehensive, and empirical-based resource for parents and guardians as well as for educators and care professionals, alike. I work with children, preteens, and teens, along with their families and fellow care professionals daily and recommend this manual to all, who are raising, or working with youth. Additionally, the Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, and Caring for Your Teen reference manuals by the AAP round out the series of covering pre-birth to young adulthood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Moore on March 25, 2007
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We use both this book and the one for younger ages (Caring for your baby and young child). I consider both books the gold standard for child care. The emergency sections are particularly good. I have never seen so many childhood illnesses and diseases in one place. In a word, excellent.
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