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“The indomitable Frost shares both her wisdom and experience for parents of toddlers. The five rules . . . are presented in her charming and conversational tone and provide not only a foundation for sanity but sure scaffolding to greater learning and happier parenting. . . . Frost is a favorite with many, and her engaging manner carries into her written work.”Library Journal (starred review)

“Common-sense and practical advice on raising young children by an expert in the field . . . A full chapter devoted to handling temper tantrums is an added bonus for parents in crisis mode.”Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

With more than twenty-five years of experience as a nanny and parenting expert, Jo Frost became a global household name with her hit shows Supernanny, Extreme Parental Guidance, and Family S.O.S. with Jo Frost. Jo Frost is the author of seven insightful parenting guides, including the Supernanny books, which were New York Times bestsellers. A proponent of early education and an advocate for several charities, she regularly speaks to audiences around the world. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034554238X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345542380
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jo Frost is one of the UK's leading childcare and baby experts. She presents the hit TV show Supernanny and has become the nation's preferred nanny.

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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Nina L. on March 19, 2014
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be reader friendly, supportive in tone as well as full of practical, common sense advice. In order to contribute to developing well-behaved toddlers, Frost clearly explains why it is essential to prioritize the necessary time and energy to become a “disciplined parent” in five key areas: eating, sleeping, going out, early learning and behavior management.

Although the five rules were not what I expected, as only the last one was directly about misbehaviors, her concise rule plan makes good sense. And, I do understand that the process of getting a change in the child’s behavior will first require changes in the parent’s behavior (approach to the issue at hand) such as providing consistent healthy meals, an environment for the required restorative sleep, arranging socialization opportunities and physical activities as well as engaging daily in a variety of early learning experiences. With these first 4 rules consistently in place, we noticed a decrease in behavior problems across the board ;-)

I appreciated the chapter on dealing with the 3 different types of tantrums. Now that we are able to identify which tantrum our daughter is displaying, it is much easier to address it effectively, even those really embarrassing ones in public.

I also want to recommend a respected, classic, trouble-shooting A-Z guide of a similar philosophy called, “The Pocket Parent”, written just for parents of 2, 3, 4 & 5 year olds. This book is organized differently with fast answers so that a parent can quickly flip to the alphabetical listing of behavior problems such as anger, bedtime and mealtime refusals, biting, power struggles, whining, hitting and hurting others and more. The discipline and communication skills of both books go hand-in-hand in gaining more compliance than defiance from the young children while helping maintain your sanity on one of those days we all have once in a while!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Andrea G. on June 28, 2014
Format: Paperback
If you have a willful toddler and want to bring more joy to your relationship, then buy this book!

I had read Happiest Toddler on the Block, several Positive Discipline books, and a handful of other toddler behavior books, but was still feeling stressed about how to find that right balance of stern and soft. Jo Frost's book nails it and gave me the immediately actionable advice I needed to help my 19-month old with his tantrums.

One of the things I like best about this book is that it doesn't generalize like most of the other books do. The entire thing is pretty much devoted to specific action steps to help you understand when to implement which strategy. She also shows how discipline is a system and how praise, time-outs, cry-it-outs, cuddles, and proper sleep and nutrition all work together to help your child feel secure. It's rare to find a book that is both high-level and detailed at the same time, and the way it was written it felt like I had a trusted friend sitting next to me cheering me on.

I was so happy to see this book on the market because when my son was itty bitty and struggling to sleep in his own room, I remembered a Supernanny episode that showed a mom who stayed in bed with her son every night until he was five. There was a huge strain on the marriage and the mom felt totally helpless. Jo introduced her Sleep Separation technique (explained in detail in the book) and I remembered how tough it was for the mom and child in the short term, but how a firm and consistent message won out in the end. I used the same technique on my son from the beginning and it 100% worked. I was hoping this book would give me similar strategies and I wasn't disappointed.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 25, 2014
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I was getting desperate as indicated by the actual purchase of a parenting book. I enjoy the Super nanny show but purely for the entertainment factor. HOWEVER, I have a 3 year old that was getting out of control. He was having trouble in daycare, and bedtime was a battle of the wills that we as parents lost often. This book as brought some real peace to my home. It just puts into black and white what we already know, we must be more disciplined as parents. By being more structured with our parenting approach we've been able to find that download time that we all want at the end of the day. Our weekends are fun again and no longer a battle of wills (which again we were losing...) While I don't agree with everything, I do think that some of the fundamentals and principles are key to successful parenting. Thank you Jo doe sharing your knowledge.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on May 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
Jo Frost's Toddler Rules: Your 5-Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior by Supernanny Jo Frost is her latest parenting book to help parents of toddlers manage tantrums, will-full behavior, and defiance. The toddler rules are designed to provide discipline, not punishment or submissiveness. As a nanny, Frost's job was to instill discipline in her charges and help raise the children. As an author and educator, Frost is now providing the information, support and tools for parents to learn to discipline and manage their own children. And make no mistake: this is a book about providing structure and discipline in childrearing: both of which Jo Frost clearly feels are needed by today's families.

With 25 years experience, Jo Frost's mission is helping children and parents find rules, strategies and discipline that result in well-behaved children and happy families. Frost considers herself a master teacher: her goal is to work with individual families to find out what solutions work for their situation, and to calmly implement those solutions.
In this book, Frost uses her SOS technique:

Step Back
Observe
Step In

The tools and strategies Frost provides involve a great deal of common-sense and practical advice needed by a loving parent to help them stay focused on their parenting goals. The book not only provides the rules and tools parents need to instill discipline, it also provides explanations as to why a strategy works, and offers suggestions and alternatives to customize the rules to your particular child and family situation.

For example, Frost asks if your family is a one or two parent family: because it makes a difference in parenting if you're operating solo, or if you have another parent to support the rules.
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