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Child Rearing for Fun: Trust Your Instincts and Enjoy Your Children Paperback – October 26, 2004

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Instinctive Parenting Is Easier Than You Think Childrearing is simple, satisfying, and above all, fun! Don’t Panic! returns confidence to parents and assures them that parenting is not unduly complicated. It’s not child development professionals, psychologists, or parenting specialists who know best how to bring up children, but the parents themselves. Their instincts are better than any expertise and their love far more powerful than any mercenary motivation.

Rather than a problematical skill understood by professionals, childrearing is an act of love best done by amateurs.

About the Author

Anne Atkins has written several novels, The Lost Child, On Our Own, and A Fine and Private Place, acclaimed for their sensitivity to a child's viewpoint on an adult world. She is well known for her controversial broadcasts, particularly Thought for the Day on Radio 4's flagship Today programme - and her commonsense advice as agony aunt for the Daily Telegraph, ITV's Sunday, and as parenting advisor for femail.co.us. She has five children, who are amazed at her temerity in writing a book about parenting but think they are good advertisement for it anyway.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (October 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310254175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310254171
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,629,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of my favorite books. I don't agree with all her parenting advice, but she is supportive of ALL parents and not dogmatic. There is a religious/Christian section, but it is a kind of addendum and really the whole book is not just for Christian parents. She is very open about her family's struggles, and acknowledges that you will make mistakes, and bad things may happen in your family, but that doesn't mean you're an awful parent. This is great for people who need a mental books about being a mom or a dad. The cover of the book is pink, so it looks like it is for moms, but it is really aimed at both. My husband loved this book!!
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I had so much fun reading this book! Atkins has such a positive attitude toward parenting. Parts of this book have a religious slant, which may not appeal to everyone, but the much of the advice is universal. This book is a joy to read!
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