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No Regrets Parenting: Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Moments with Your Kids Paperback – February 21, 2012
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--Jeffrey Zaslow, New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Last Lecture, Moving On Columnist, The Wall Street Journal.
“What's more precious than love, your children, and time? No Regrets Parenting is a gem of a book. It will help you turn the minutes of the day into the moments of your life.”
--Harvey Karp, MD, creator of the bestselling books and DVDs The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block.
“Working parent or stay-at-home mom or dad, Dr. Rotbart’s wise advice and refreshing ideas will make you want to pick up this book again and again.”
- Diane Debrovner, Deputy Editor, Parents magazine
“Whether your children are still in their cribs or applying to college, No Regrets Parenting provides a blueprint for turning mundane, daily routines into memorable and meaningful moments.”
-Marianne Neifert, M.D. (Dr. Mom®), bestselling author of the Dr. Mom books for parents
“A poignant, timely book to remind us to savor parenting our kids – with awesome tips on how to slow the daily chaos, create memorable moments, and luxuriate in the wonder and fun of each age and stage.”
--Stacy DeBroff, “America’s Most Trusted Mom.” Nationally acclaimed parenting authority and bestselling author of The Mom Book, The Mom Book Goes to School, and The Mom Central Organizer; CEO and Founder, MomCentral, the leading one-stop parenting resource on the Internet
“A must read for young parents who are struggling with finding the right balance between career and family.”
-Stephen Berman, MD, F.A.A.P., Past President, American Academy of Pediatrics
“From school to work, home to play, Dr. Rotbart helps famiies find meaning and traditions in the midst of busy lives.
--Dr. Jeffrey J. Cain M.D., President-Elect, American Academy of Family Physicians
“No Regrets Parenting is a wonderfully written handbook for parents living in our complex times. Based on straightforward principles of managing parental time, this book presents a comprehensive, easy-to-follow treasure trove of ideas and strategies to help parents raise happy and successful children.”
--Donald Schiff, M.D., F.A.A.P. Past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and author of A Guide to Your Child’s Symptoms
“No Regrets Parenting encourages parents to be mindful of the choices they are making with the precious little time they have to spend with their children before (and after) they fly the coop. It presents an upbeat and refreshing perspective which empowers parents to examine, without guilt, the choices they make about the time spent with their children. The book is neither preachy nor prescriptive, but instead presents a menu of creative strategies for “turning scarce minutes in to special moments.” Dr. Rotbart’s book, a must-read for any parent, will leave your head buzzing with ideas. The short chapters enable you to read a few at a time – in between pajama walks, movie nights, and carpool driving – that will forge a lifelong bond between you and your children.”
--Heather Taussig, PhD, Clinical Psychologist; Director, Fostering Healthy Futures program, Children's Hospital Colorado --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Dr. Harley Rotbart has been a pediatric specialist for the past 28 years and is the professor and vice chairman of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Children's Hospital of Denver. He is a nationally recognized parenting expert, speaker, and educator and is the author of more than 175 medical and scientific publications. Dr. Rotbart and his wife use the strategies presented inside No Regrets Parenting with their three children. He and his family currently reside in Denver, Colorado.
More About the Author
Dr. Rotbart is a nationally-recognized parenting expert, pediatrician, speaker, and educator. He serves on the Advisory Boards of Parents Magazine and Parents.com, and previously was a member of the Advisory Board of Children's Health Magazine. He is a consultant to ABC News, a contributor to the New York Times Motherlode and New Old Age blogs, and to Jill Smokler's Scary Mommy. His recent parenting books include, 940 Saturdays, No Regrets Parenting, Germ Proof Your Kids, and The On Deck Circle of Life. He regularly speaks to large national audiences of parents, school, and youth sports organizations, as well as to community groups around the country. Dr. Rotbart also speaks widely to national professional organizations of physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals. He writes a monthly column for Parents Magazine's "Parents Perspectives" (http://www.parents.com/blogs/parents-perspective/tag/harley-rotbart-series/).
Dr. Rotbart's national media appearances include: CBS' The Early Show, USA Today, Parents Magazine, Time Magazine, Redbook Magazine, SELF Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Health Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, First for Women, VIV Magazine, Prevention Magazine, ABCNews.com, USAToday.com, ChicagoTribune.com, MSNBC.com, Livestrong.com. He has made dozens of radio appearances nationally and internationally, including Sirius Radio, NPR, and Australian Broadcasting Company (public radio in Australia), the latter of which can be heard here: http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2015/02/27/4188307.htm).
In February, 2009, Dr. Rotbart teamed with former American Idol Brooke White for a nationwide satellite TV media tour promoting influenza prevention. In February, 2010, he collaborated with former American Idol Danny Gokey for another nationwide flu-awareness satellite media tour. Filmmaker Chris Condayan has prepared a video documentary for parents featuring Dr. Rotbart in collaboration with the National Academy of Sciences, which can be viewed at: http://www.microbeworld.org/podcasts/microbeworld-video/238-germ-proof-your-kids-mwv26.
EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL
Dr. Rotbart has been a Pediatrics specialist for the past 31 years. His received his M.D. degree from Cornell University. His internship and residency in Pediatrics were at the University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia followed by fellowship in Pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Colorado/Children's Hospital Colorado.
Following fellowship, Dr. Rotbart joined the full time faculty of the University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Colorado. He currently is Professor and Vice Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Pediatrics.
Dr. Rotbart has been named to Best Doctors in America every year since 1996, as well as receiving numerous other national awards for research, teaching, and clinical work. He is the author of more than 175 medical and scientific publications.
Dr. Rotbart and his wife, Sara, live in Denver, Colorado and are the parents of 3, ages 22-27, on whom he continues to practice what he preaches. Dr. Rotbart is also "Coach Harley," having coached youth baseball and basketball for more than 16 years; including 8 years coaching baseball at the high school level. His baseball and softball book for kids and their parents, The On Deck Circle of Life - 101 Lessons from the Dugout (2007; www.theondeckcircleoflife.com ) has been among the bestselling kids' sports books in the country, endorsed by baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. who wrote: "I have shared your book with our Foundation and encouraged them to incorporate the lessons into our character education program. Thank you for contributing to the development of healthy, happy children."
Top Customer Reviews
Here's a sampling of what he recommends: eat dinner together, read bedtime stories to your kids, have a family movie night, help them with their homework, have them help out in the kitchen, go to the library together. Lovely ideas, all of them, but I'm guessing these are things that you're already doing or trying to do.
Then there are the ideas that seem slightly overprotective or obsessive. He recommends against family pets because the parents will end up taking care of them and that robs them of time they could be spending with their child. He also recommends against sleep away camps because then you have to go several days without tucking them into bed. He likes the idea of sleepovers, but he thinks you should always host them and to that end you should make sure that your house has the best snacks and pancake breakfasts.
Bottom line: check it out of the library if you're curious, but don't buy it.
The brilliance of No Regrets Parenting is that it really does put the emphasis on the number of "moments" you accumulate with your children, not the number of minutes.
Dr. Rotbart finds opportunities for "moments" in the everyday routines we all undertake - such as car time - that otherwise are overlooked. This book won't add hours to the day, but it will give you the tools to make better, more satisfying use of the hours you do have (and often waste). I hope his sequel will be, No Regrets Careers.
I'm the mother of a 2-year-old daughter and I plan to keep, reread, and use No Regrets Parenting as a manual until she graduates high school - and probably well beyond.
We already do Pajama Walks and my husband and I love them as much as my daughter does. Every parent deserves to own a copy of No Regrets Parenting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I suggest you not waste your time and money on this book. Spend that time and money with your child instead of reading obvious info about... spending time with your children. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kcolyalb
I heard this author speak, and he was very inspirational. Love his messages around finding joy in parenting and family time.Published 4 months ago by bedtime reader
It's a really marvelous book, with great ideas for parent-child bonding and making memories, and ways to adapt those ideas to suit your busy schedule. Read morePublished 11 months ago by DocBendrix
This book is horrible. I know that's harsh, but really, the entire first part (of three) is a sales pitch for the book and for part 2. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Helpful to have all of these tips and reminders all in one bookPublished 15 months ago by Caroline C.
This is NOT a book about behavior management — it's a great book to help new parents (or old) appreciate and maximize the gift of time with kids before they are grown and gone. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stephan Hokanson
Seemed like a lot of fluff. It was low on substance. It doesn't come close to addressing what I needed it to. Read morePublished 19 months ago by lisa_thinks_a_lot
Great book. Good read for time starved or guilt ridden parents. Practical solutions. Easy to follow and not preachy of lengthyPublished 19 months ago by Niranjana