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YOU: Raising Your Child (The Owner's Manual from First Breath to First Grade) [Kindle Edition with Audio/Video]

Michael F. Roizen , Mehmet C. Oz
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Now available as an enhanced e-book, YOU: Raising Your Child will include 12 videos that feature Dr. Oz and pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg answering real parents' questions about child-rearing. They talk about everything from diet to bathtime and give candid answers to questions posed by real parents. YOU: Raising Your Child could be the most valuable download for any parent's e-reader providing the answers you need about the biology, psychology, and common sense wisdom of raising a healthy child.

YOU: Raising Your Child is the ultimate guide to raising children from birth to age five The authors address everything from troubleshooting infant health issues to supporting the emotional and intellectual development of your child. Included are discussions of healthy nutrition, milestones for physical activity, building good habits, taking care of YOU, and how to cope with the biggest ailments and fears parents face today. The book is filled with wisdom and age-specific advice that will help parents manage all kinds of child-rearing questions and issues. A sampling of topics include:

The Mind of a Child

This chapter is the foundation for what is discussed throughout the book. It explores personality quirks and how they are formed, and will talk about things that parents can do from day one to day one thousand (and beyond) to help their children develop. Tips will be about how to recognize their differences but still instill good habits. After all, good parenting is really about being a good psychologist—knowing your child’s brain, and helping them develop who they are.


Of course, a big part of parenting is making sure that kids learn how to keep themselves healthy and fit for a lifetime. This chapter emphasizes good nutrition and eating habits for all ages. it will address biologic differences like number of taste buds and requirement for dozen exposures to taste to achieve change.

Physical Activity

With the help of Joel Harper, fitness expert who appears on all of the YOU DVDs, this chapter will be filled with information and advice on how to make sure you kids are growing in all the right places.

Taking Care of YOU

This chapter takes a step back to show how being a good parent also means taking care of yourself and your dreams in order to show your kids how to love. Tips on how parenting isn’t always being selfless.

With these topics and many more, America's most trusted doctors once again come to the rescue and teach parents the best ways to raise healthy, happy, children.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This seventh volume in the YOU series (following YOU: Having a Baby) by Oprah's favorite physician-authors continues yet further dilutes the well-known brand. Apparently making full use of the data collected for the previous books, radio show, and Oprah programs, the book lacks structure and is uneven and scattershot, providing advice on a select number of not especially essential child health topics in chapters on the biology of infant education; child gastrointestinal issues; infectious diseases, allergies, and the immune system; and preventing childhood accidents and dealing with doctors and hospitals, thus forgoing the traditional structure of most parenting resources, which present information along developmental ages and stages. Some useful material may be found in a section entitled "YOU Tools," which features minimal hands-on instructions for diaper changing, interpreting infant cries, and the like; a number of short lists of required gear--but this section seems more an afterthought, a place to put all the good stuff that didn't fit into chapters. Although readers would expect the media star authors and the pediatric experts they recruited to create a real go-to guide, they will be disappointed, and the familiar, casual tone doesn't work. (Oct.) (c)
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About the Author

Michael F. Roizen, MD, is the four-time New York Times #1 bestselling author and cofounder and originator of the popular website. He is Chief Wellness Officer and chair of the Wellness Institute of the Cleveland Clinic and Chief Medical Consultant to the Dr. Oz show. He currently lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Mehmet C. Oz, MD, is also a New York Times #1 bestselling author and multiple Emmy Award-winning host of The Dr. Oz Show. He is professor and vice chairman of surgery at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University and the director of the Heart Institute. He currently lives in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.

Product Details

  • File Size: 111 MB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (October 5, 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,175,852 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! October 11, 2010
The YOU docs have done it again. I love the accessible approach and playful style that they can bring to any topic, even parenting. When so many of us are stuck in somber discussions about the most precious tasks of parenting, this book gives confidence and specific insights that rid us of the myths and mistakes that are often shared by friends and family. YOU Raising Your Child has become our family's textbook for basic parenting skills.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven January 20, 2012
I can see why many reviewers like this book. It is easy to read, and contains useful information about certain topics. For example, the section on fever is informative and helped me figure out what was going on with my daughter, and when to call the doctor.
However, on certain other topics, it's only really useful as a jumping off point. For example, the section on sleep is only about 4 pages long, and attempts to cover sleeping issues from birth to 6 years old. For another example, the section on transitioning to solid foods does not include any useful information on how to wean from breastfeeding (or formula) after the 1 year mark, and does not even mention the baby led weaning approach, which is rapidly gaining in popularity.
I was considering returning this book, but Amazon's price was so inexpensive, I will probably just keep it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great baby shower gift! October 11, 2010
This is a great book for parents of young children. It's not the most encyclopediac, but the information it presents is interesting and fun to read. Paired with a "What to Expect" or Dr. Spock it will be well used by parents who enjoy reading up on kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another good book for my baby library November 15, 2010
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I love that this book does not pass judgment or tell you the definitive, "right" way. Rather, it suggests that you follow your baby's cues. I do find it a bit scattered/disorganized though. Thank goodness for the index!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Book! March 1, 2011
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I bought this book for my daughter who recently had her first child. During pregnancy, she collected a large assortment of books regarding pregnancy and raising children. This book, she said, outweighs, by far, all the other books she has read. It contains subject matter that the other books do not have. It has answered a lot of the questions she has. She has already given a copy of the book to several of her friends who have recently given birth. In her words, "I LOVE this book!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book March 12, 2014
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I love the format of the book. The information is very useful and covers many topics from emotional well-being to physical well-being and I especially like the way the authors formatted the child development stages-all in one place and easy to refer instead of reading huge paragraphs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars YOU: Raising Your Child: The Owner's Manual April 7, 2013
By Eric
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This book is great, i am currenlty reading and trying to raise my 19 month old daugher with the way of the experts as well as my own twist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gift March 25, 2013
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Purchase for my son and wife when their first child was born. Have not read myself, comments based on their feedback
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4.0 out of 5 stars You: Raising your child
You: Raising your child. My wife bought this for our children to use for their children. She said it had great reviews. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Sam-Wise
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Published 3 months ago by Jody Nechanicky
4.0 out of 5 stars Did not read it.
I gave this book to a friend who was expecting his first child. I believe he and his wife enjoyed it.
Published 6 months ago by maria a. rios-ramos
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book To Give You a "Rise" For The Money!
I bought this initially it was about levitating, which I am really into. Was disappointed to find out it involved instructions for child rearing, but after getting further into... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rockinroller
3.0 out of 5 stars Dry read
Full of lot's of information especially for first time moms but was a dry read for my wife who hates to read. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Takes forever to get going
They sell the book for the first 3 chapters, then give little useful information about actual practical advice. Very campy and not useful.
Published 20 months ago by MH
5.0 out of 5 stars Best baby gift you can give!
This is a wonderful guide for any new mother. It is my go-to gift for anyone having a new baby. I have purchased this book for all my family members as baby shower gifts. Read more
Published 20 months ago by L. Keeling
3.0 out of 5 stars Cannot judge for myself, this was a gift
It was a gift! I cannot fairly rate the "product" I myself have not used. Should a catagory be added for that?
Published 21 months ago by officeperson
5.0 out of 5 stars You Raising Your Child:: the Owner's Manual from First Breath to ....
I love all the Doctor Oz books! This has so much information for the care of a young child. I have a two year old grandson and want to know the latest reliable information.
Published 22 months ago by Susan Corpstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for new Moms!
Bought this for my stepdaughter's first child. She loves Dr. Oz and loves this book. Very informative and she has learned a lot.
Published 23 months ago by S. G. McComb
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More About the Author

We wrote YOU: The Owner's Manual to help everyone understand that 70 percent of how long and how well you live is in your hands. But we wanted to go one step further and move you from just knowing the rules to really understanding how your body works. And we realized that if we bottled the 'eureka moments' and irreverence that medical school teaches, you might really enjoy the artistry of the inner workings of your body (we included cartoons so guys would understand). But The Owner's Manual was limited: folks whose lives were already touching the health care system needed advice to best navigate that serpentine path. We realized that a 'Smart Patient' was essential to realizing the promise of 'The Owner's Manual'. Luckily for us, the Joint Commission, our nation's health care safety advocate, approached us to help with a BIG problem. Medical errors in hospitals cost us 98,000 lives per year, and the Joint Commission could not squash this crazily large number without making all patients allies in this fight.

Being a Smart Patient means you've passed a stringent exam (well, a fun but informative quiz, anyway), and you know things that the vast majority of other patients do not. We learned a lot from this process of writing, and share all we knew beforehand and learned:
' You'll know why you need to include your spouse in your health history, even though there's no blood relation.
' You'll know why you should always be one of your doctor's first appointments of the day.
' You'll know which hospital staffer you should always talk to before choosing a surgeon (hint: it's the anesthesiologist).
' And you'll know why you should never touch the TV remote control in your hospital room.

The book debuted at #2 on the NY Times list, so some must at least like the jokes, or the cartoons (we understand an insurance company doesn't care for the one on page 333), or the insights combined with an encyclopedic list of trustworthy resources.

It's a scary statistic, but it's true: you have a 2 in 5 chance of being affected by a major medical complication in your life. And even the best doctors using the most cutting-edge technology can't prevent it. Yet that's the unrealistic expectation. The unsettling reality is that health care has become so complex it is no longer possible for any one doctor or other health care provider in the system to manage the whole process unless they have a partner. And that person is YOU.

The following insider tips are just a taste of those we crammed into You: The Smart Patient. We hope that this book will inspire and empower YOU to get involved in your health care.

Just the Facts, Ma'am

The first sign of a Smart Patient is that telltale document they produce during their first visit, or even their 50th. It's their health profile. This is the sign of a patient who means business, one who will challenge us to be at our absolute best and who won't waste time and money on redundant and unnecessary efforts. To create the perfect health profile, circa early 21st century, find the sample form labeled Your Health Journal. These forms are also online at and

Have a Tattle Plan
Bring your spouse or advocate to your doctor's appointment when you're giving your health history; there are a lot of questions that only he or she can answer. But, please, before coming in to the office together, make sure you discuss which fibs you're going to tell. Why? Because when you tell us that you've been taking your cholesterol-lowering drugs with the discipline of a Marine, your spouse will shoot you'or us'an involuntary look that communicates something close to Are you kidding me? We never miss it. And sometimes your spouse is trying to give your fibs away: it's called love.


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