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Nanny Wisdom: Our Secrets for Raising Healthy, Happy Children--From Newborns to Preschoolers Paperback – September 7, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (September 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584794739
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584794738
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #995,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Justine Walsh grew up in England. Her 15-year nanny career has taken her to France, Israel, London, and New York, and her success has led to several high-profile positions. Today she cares for the children of Richard Gere and Carey Lowell.

Kim Nicholson is an Australian-born nanny who became a full-fledged English nanny in the U.K. After working for several families in Australia and London, she now lives in New York and cares for the sons of fashion photographer Pamela Hanson.

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Very easy read.
B. Sommer
I have read every baby book there is, and this definitely rates in the top 5.
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Since my baby was born I have had to rock him to sleep every night.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Lisa R on October 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
My kids are 2, 5 and 7 yrs. I actually bought this book because I saw that it had a chapter on school.

My 5 yr old had a rocky first week at school and I was really worried. I read the school chapter first and the first thing it did was it made me feel better. The book reminded me that starting school is another new experience for my son and he needs time to get used to it, which of course on one level I did know but reading it made me believe it. I started using the "Goodbye Routine" and it definately resulted in less tears than the day before. I kept doing it and things have improved.The school chapter is really helpful and I am now using their homework advice for my 7yr old and Hooray what a difference!

I had just accepted that with 3 kids weekday mornings were always going to be rushed and stressful. This book has helped me to change all that and it was not difficult to do. Now most mornings we actually all sit down to eat breakfast together and I don't have to scream at the kids to turn the TV off.

I am also using the strategies on improving communication with all my kids but especially with my two year old who likes to say no to everything I ask her to do. I didn't realize that I was inviting her to say no by giving her too many choices.

My only complaint is that Nanny Wisdom does not cover Potty Training. I am just about to start that with my 2 year old and I had a hard time with my other kids. I would like to know how the nannies do it. Also, the recipes have been so popular in our house that I wish there were even more of them in the book.

Nanny Wisdom is it is actually fun to read which is an added bonus. The book has little stories about the kids the nannies have looked after and experiences they have had in their different jobs.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Looking for parenting answers on October 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
I heard these nannies on the radio and they were talking about how to teach babies to go to sleep. I went out and got their book straight away. Since my baby was born I have had to rock him to sleep every night. He would not fall asleep unless I rocked and rocked him. I knew it couldn't go on and my older child was getting more more upset because mommy could never put him to bed becasue she was rocking the baby to sleep.

I followed the advice in this book and it really worked! I never thought this day would come, but to my and my husbands surprise it really did not take that long. These nannies are not bossy or judgemental - they are reassuring and supportive. They seem to understand what parents like me go through. This book is a life saver and I know I will use it a lot from now on,

Besides having all the answers the "nanny tales" make it a fun read.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By lucy mcdougal on October 11, 2005
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I have always had such a hard time knowing what rules to have with my kids and how to make them listen to me. A teacher at my sons preschool recommended this book to me. I was very impressed with it. The book explains so much. I thought my kids were just badly behaved but now I realized that they are going to bed too late and are missing out on too much sleep. My husband and I have started to change the kids bedtimes in the way the book says and it has made a huge difference to everything. We are following the books Loving discipline techniques and the kids are really responding to it. We are getting there. This book reminds you basic things too like remembering to have fun with your kids. So if you are a mom like me who feels like she shouts No all day then you need this book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stay at home Mom on October 9, 2005
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This book has so many great tips on how to deal with fussy eaters, (and i have 2 of them!!). When i read the chapter on food i recognized so many of the mealtime scenarios described by these nannies. Now i don't feel so anxious and i now have the strategies that will help me. These nannies reassured me it is possible to make changes. With my new baby i am going to follow their solid food weaning advice to the letter, i wish i had this book when my other two were little.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Regan on October 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have only had this book for a week, but I can already tell it's going to be the parenting book I keep going back to. I am following the Nannies' advice on getting my 8 month old to sleep through the night and it's working!!!! This book has information on everything! I have even made two of the recipes and my four year old loved them! You can tell these nannies are the real thing and not just made for T.V.!!! I'm so glad I found this book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Chittock on October 19, 2005
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Since this book arrived I've not been able to put it down, the advice is down to earth and easy to follow. Great results are obtained with minimal disruption and effort. Our family life has been changed overnight. I thought I knew it all about looking after babies and bringing up children, now I realize I did'nt.

Thanks for your help Sarah a Mummy, peadiatric nurse and ex Nanny
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By B. Sommer on October 7, 2005
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I got tuned into this whole nanny thing from Nanny 911. I like the TV show but the Nanny 911 book left ALOT to be desired. I ordered this book after I saw them on the NorthWest afternoon talkshow. What an absolutely charming book. The advice is right on the money with out being spoken down to. The true-to-life stories just kept the book flowing. Very easy read. The chapter on back-to-school issues was very helpful for my 6 year old. And the foreword by Richard Gere really gives you a sense on how caring these nannies are.
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