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"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

"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(R)), bestselling author of the "Dr. Mom" books for parents

"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

""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"

"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."

"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

""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

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(r)), bestselling author of the "Dr. Mom" books for parents

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"

"Dr. Rotbart has a gift for uncovering and explaining the countless possibilities in parenting. This book is a treasure for all of us with children."

--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."

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

" 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

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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449410944
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449410940
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Young on August 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
You could write this book. I know I could. Rotbart's advice isn't bad, but if you're dedicated enough to be contemplating buying this book on Amazon, believe me, you've though of these idea on your own.

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.
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OMG! Trying to juggle career and family is such a struggle. I feel guilty all the time because it seems whatever I do, I'm neglecting either my kids or my job.

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.
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No Regrets Parenting is a welcome antidote to Tiger moms and Bringing up Bebe moms. It is such a relief to not be told HOW to raise kids, but rather how to FIND THE TIME to raise your kids the way you feel is best for them and for you. This is an absolutely non-judgmental book, freeing working and stay-at-home parents alike from the guilt of not spending enough time with their kids by teaching us to rethink the time we do spend with them. The bumper sticker promotion for the book, turning minutes to moments, is so true. We spend so many wasted minutes with our kids, in separate orbits, when we could spend the same amount of time making memories with them. This is my new go-to gift for parents, especially those who are moving so fast they can't fully appreciate the wonders that their kids really are. The book is a delight to read, and makes parents feel good again about being how they are parenting.
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I just finished reading a great book called "No Regrets Parenting: Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Moments with Your Kids" by Harley A. Rotbart M.D. I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to all parents out there, no matter what their age. It offers some good points and creative ideas for getting the most out of your time with your children and even some tips about how to stay involved after they venture off to college. My take-away from this book is to try to look for opportunities to share a moment with my boys, even if I am doing something I normally wouldn't involve them in. For instance, while in the midst of reading this book, I was traveling in the car with my family and we stopped to get some gas. My youngest asked me if he could help pump the gas. Normally, I would say no and just do it myself because it's faster. But, I said yes and was able to teach him how to pump gas and gave him a life lesson about how expensive things can be. His eyes got wide when he saw that our van took almost $70 in gas. It was a nice moment that I might have missed before reading this book. The best thing about this book is that you don't have to drop your normal activities, just incorporate your kids into what you are already doing. It was easy to read and offered some good insights. If nothing else, I will be more aware of opportunities to create a memory with my boys.
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This book has good ideas for busy parents. As a mom who works full-time and is going to school for an MBA, doing lengthy, involved projects is rarely an option for me. This books gives ideas on how to squeeze out GREAT time in even just a few moments a day. My favorite piece of advice from the book is when you've had your fill of your child's behavior to take a moment and picture them grown up and moving out of the house - this is an instant mommy brightener. I can go from extremely annoyed with my little guy to extremely enamored in about 3 seconds flat. Love it!
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Like all new moms, I was struggling to find balance between my personal life and becoming a mom. A friend recommended me this and I cant speak highly enough about this-Every mom I meet-a friend or some random mom I see at the park-Somehow my conversation leads back to this book. This book is easy to read and not meant to read in one sitting-It has quick chapters because lets be real-we're moms who don't have endless hours to read. It gives us tips on how to regain focus on whats important but doesn't make you feel guilty when something else takes priority-it just gives you a gentle prescriptive on what matters most, as well as tips to create a lifelong bond with our babies!
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