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Jo Frost's Toddler Rules: Your 5-Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior by [Frost, Jo]
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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5834 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 4, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F1W0DEK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,378 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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My saving grace! I am so grateful!!!!

I bought this book when my son was about 18 months because he was starting to have tantrums and run away from us and it was dangerous. I read the part about the tantrums and was like, pfft. Then I tried out the tips for getting him to eat but they didn't work very well. I think he was too young honestly. This book has been collecting dust for a while. But my son turned 2 a month ago and started climbing out of his crib AND opening his door!!! so we had to transition to a toddler bed. My son is an explorer, he's impulsive, fearless, stubborn, hardheaded, and did i mention stubborn? I was having the worst time getting him to stay in his bed. I made the mistake of rocking him to sleep the first 2 yrs. And thats the only way he can get back to sleep. So he would wake up in the middle of the night, walk into our room and i had to go and rock him to sleep. And everytime i put him down he would wake up instantly and cry. As you can imagine I wasn't getting any sleep and was starting to get resentful. I tried putting him back in his bed repeatedly but my method was ALL wrong and it just got me ANGRY and him upset. One night neither of us got any sleep. It was horrendous. it was getting to the point where even if i put him to bed at 1am super tired he would still be awake and walking around at 7am. which was fine with me. until he started to get up at night. He just couldn't put himself back to sleep. I tried various solutions to this problem and none worked. Like i said, the kid is stubborn as hell. I was at my wit's end!!

Then I picked up this book again. I said, let me try the sleep thing and see what she says. Her method was better than mine, same principle, different method. So i tried it yesterday for nap time.
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