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Parenting For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Sandra Hardin Gookin , Dan Gookin
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

We humans are pretty clever. We’ve mastered fire, invented the wheel, calculated the age of the Universe, sent people to the Moon, built machines that think, and cracked the genome. So you’d think that with all our smarts, somebody would’ve come up with a surefire formula for raising kids. Maybe that’s because every child, like every parent, is an individual, and no two parent-child relationships are ever the same. So, you can give up any notions of being a perfect parent. But, you can learn to keep the big mistakes to a minimum and make the parenting enterprise easier and more rewarding for your children and you. Which is where this book comes in.

Whether you’re child is a newborn, a teen, or somewhere in-between, Parenting For Dummies gives you the scoop on parenting basics. From dealing with a crying baby and potty training, to building self-esteem and talking with them about sex, it offers a gold mine of up-to-date advice and guidance on how to:

  • Learn to communicate with your kids
  • Develop a good relationship with your kids
  • Keep your kids safe and healthy
  • Help your kids grow up to be good people
  • Keep your cool and control their behavior
  • Discipline constructively and with a minimum of stress
  • Build self-esteem in your children
  • Avoid committing the parenting sins your parents taught you

Experts Sandy and Dan Gookin—she’s the parenting expert for Parents Magazine and Working Mother Magazine and he’s a father of four—avoid the psychological hype and medical terminology and give you the straight poop on all aspects of child-rearing, including:

  • Speaking and listening to kids
  • The importance of being consistent
  • Keeping a sense of humor
  • Dealing with babies
  • Childhood growth and development
  • Health and nutrition
  • Kids’ changing physical needs
  • Developing a good person

Written by parents for parents, Parenting For Dummies gives you the know-how and skills you need to be the parent of healthy, happy kids.


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From the Back Cover

You know that being a parent is a tough, yet rewarding job with long hours, no salary or benefits, and no instruction manual. Everywhere you turn there's some dull book on parenting techniques written by someone who may not even have kids!

The help you need is here in Parenting for Dummies, the no-nonsense parenting guide for the '90s, written by parents for parents! Get the inside scoop on parenting basics for dealing with everyday issues like discipline, potty training, finding good day care, dealing with bathtime, bedtime, and more.

Inside, you'll discover how to: use the friendly advice for dealing with kids from newborns to pre-teens; find helpful hints that only an experienced parent can offer; discover answers to the most common parenting questions; uncover tips for dealing with cranky babies, dining out, and squabbling siblings; create guidelines for co-parenting (the two-party system); communicate effectively with your children; and uncover suggestions for household rules and other parenting dos and don'ts.

About the Author

About the Author Sandra Hardin Gookin holds a degree in Speech Communications from Oklahoma State University. Her background in communications has been the basis for her theories on parenting. That … and lots of experience resulting in parenting methods that work. About the Editor Dan Gookin has written more than 30 books on computers, translated into over 25 languages. He wrote the international bestseller DOS For Dummies® and many other bestselling …For Dummies® titles. Dan holds a degree in communications from the University of California at San Diego. Dan and Sandra are the proud parents of four boys and live in Idaho.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2220 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (May 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050KB73E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book was my support system July 2, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I had found this book to be one of the best, simplest and most supportive parenting books around. at the time my son was 7 -12 months, I was pretty much without a support system, and this book was my lifeline and my bible to parenting. It's wonderful.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good advice....some not-so-good June 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I'd recommend this book only if you've already read books by credentialed authors, since the authors only expertize is that they have children. They have obviously researched their material because they do offer some good advice. Here's a few books by experts I'd recommend: The Baby Book and The Discipline Book BOTH by Dr. William Sears, and Kid Cooperation (How to Stop Yelling, Nagging and Pleading) AND Perfect Parenting Dictionary BOTH by Elizabeth Pantley
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Much better books out there February 16, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
We've bought other ...for dummies books before and have been quite happy. But this book was a huge disappointment. Maybe because the topic isn't easily handled in the typical ...for dummies format. Also, the author you can tell is used to writing computer manuals. The book is often preachy and rarely helpful. I definitely wouldn't recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I found "Parenting for Dummies" easy and fun to read and filled with useful information for not only first time parents with newborn babies but also for parents with older kids as well. The chapter on communicating with your child was especially insightful.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have!!! August 4, 2005
By J. Razo
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book while I was pregnant with my first child. He is now three and a half and an awesome kid! We always get compliments on how well he acts in restaurants, other people's homes, movie theaters.....you get the picture. This book made me think about things that I never would have thought of, and I recommend it to everyone who is about to start a family and even to a few that already have kids and they can't handle them! My son is now a wonderful big brother to a baby sister and I could not be happier! I am ordering this book right now for a neighbor expecting her first.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for all those who deal with children March 10, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This friendly, easy reading book is for anyone who has to deal with children. Not only is it funny, but it has all the basic information all parents need to hear. I recommend it for everyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parenting Review December 6, 2013
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So far the book is excellent reference on what to do and what not to do as parents. It is in a easy format which you can always refer to!!! I am enjoying reading this book!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars helpful for new parents July 26, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I gave this book to my little sister about 16 years ago and she said she found it very helpful as a new mother. So I am giving it again to my pregnant boss. I love how the Dummy books just keep it plain and simple.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A useful guidebook for new parents
If you're expecting to read about sophisticated theories on children's psychological development or anything like that, this is not the book for you. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rodrigo Santos
4.0 out of 5 stars Parenting for Dummies
I am enjoying reading this. The author uses experiences he's had with his own children. It doesn't make you feel like you are a bad parent. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kimberly S. Gariepy
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep a supply of these in your purse
Wow! There really is a book called Parenting for Dummies. Sad to say when I read the part on tantrums, they don't talk about the parents who bring their tired, cranky, hungry kids... Read more
Published on December 25, 2011 by LifeIsShort
2.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
Ok book but didn't appear to be very interesting. I think I was looking for something a little different. A lot of this looked like common sense.
Published on December 17, 2011 by T. M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 4 New Parents!!!
Gave it to my sis-in-law & she says she has gotten soooo much out of it!!
Published on November 30, 2007 by A. loureiro
4.0 out of 5 stars Like The Rest of Series, This Book Will Save You Money
Like all of the books in this outstanding series, this text serves as a forum to express again the FOR DUMMIES Books' most valuable concept: simplicity in presentation and... Read more
Published on February 4, 2006 by Reginald Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a lifesaver!
Who needs credentials! This woman has 4 boys and her experience really shows. Excellent advice, great tips. My views on raising my kids changed after reading this book. Read more
Published on January 5, 2003
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