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Nanny 911: Expert Advice for All Your Parenting Emergencies Paperback – Bargain Price, May 24, 2005
Parenting in a complicated world
Strategies to help you be the best parent you can be. See more
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About the Author
Deborah Carroll was born in Bangor, Wales, and grew up in Holyhead, Whales. She has lived and worked in Los Angeles for more than a decade.
Stella Reid was raised in Burnley, in Northern England. She has been working as a nanny in the United States for fifteen years.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is divided into 3 main sections: Communication, House Rules, and Parenting 911 Emergencies. I found this organization structure a bit confusing to navigate without an Index.
I really liked the charts in the book that clearly address the different negative parenting behaviors: clueless, disorganized, angry, undermining, nagging, loud and excusing...including "What happens in a situation", "What you typically say", "What your partner does", "What your child does", and then "Offers an anecdote" demonstrating how to change for the better. I found myself identifying with most of these negative situations and learned some helpful strategies that have worked in my family.
I think I will continue to refer back to this book again and again when my 2 boys (2 and 4) get older as it seems much of the advice is geared to school-aged children. If you have preschoolers like me, I would also like to recommend a very helpful complimentary book our pediatrician gave us called "The Pocket Parent". This A-Z parent friendly guide focuses soley on the 2,3,4 and 5 year old and the challenging behaviors they present such as bad words, biting, tantrums, lying, morning crazies, power struggles, whining and many others. I really like the anecdotes in both of these books that seem to ground the suggested strategies in reality for me. Both "The Pocket Parent" and "Nanny 911" are welcome additions to your home library that you can refer to over and over again. The best thing about these quick reference guides is that you do not have to read them cover to cover but rather the topics as you need them...each chapter is complete on its own. I really appreciate that in my busy life.
So, when I saw this book at the store, I grabbed it.
The book is alright. Their strategy is explained, their rules are set forth in detail, and there's some great hands-on learning material.
However, something about the book just doesn't sit right. It's almost as if the book was rushed to the store too soon.
As a result, there are spelling errors throughout, including one or two in the first few pages of the book. There is a lot of filler, too. Sure, the authors try to substantiate their techniques with examples from the show, but there are so many summaries, it reads like dozens of episode recaps. Finally, this book and their techniques are for older children almost exclusively. Very little focus on kids ages birth to five (which are the ages of my kids). I was disappointed.
Next to this book in the store was Jo Frost's Supernanny. Now, I've only seen this show once, and I don't like it as much as Nanny 911. However, Frost's book is miles better; it's more professional, clearer, more comprehensive and more concise.
The Nanny 911 book isn't terrible - but it isn't great either. Many of you, like me, are fans of the show. Stick with the show - but buy Supernanny's book instead.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have a toddler (just about to turn two). He is just learning how to throw a tantrum and so I needed to implement a discipline system that would be appropriate for his age. Read morePublished 11 months ago by csepuede
My GO-TO parenting resource. I highly recommend this book to all parents of children.Published 16 months ago by Stacie
Still reading it. Will update my review, once i finish the book.Published 17 months ago by Maria D.
Lots of great advice and really uses the principles of ABA. Fast and easy read!Published 18 months ago by Nikki Torres