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I bought this for myself from Amazon when my daughter was about 9 months old. I sometimes watch Jo Frost on tv and couldn't always remember the 'steps' she recommends to take so thought i'd buy it to refresh my memory. I bought it as a 'prevention' method rather than a cure. I used to watch some of the children and dreading my own behaving so badly! The books is a paperback book and it is 223 pages long including the index, and the book is split into the following sections:- - Introduction BASIC TECHNIQUES - Ages and Stages - Routines and Rules - Setting Boundaries - Dressing TROUBLE SHOOTING - Dressing - Toilet Training - Eating - Social Skills - Bedtime - Quality Time For me the part of the book that was most useful was the bedtime section and how it explains the importance of having a routine. Its really easy to remember once you're reading the book, but when I was in the situation of my daughter being a nightmare and screaming in her cot for what seemed like ages, I felt like the worst mum in the world and was so tempted to bring her back downstairs, which in the long run made it alot harder and more stressful. This is a book which I still refer to at times, it doesn't make you an expert overnight or a perfect parent but it is a very useful tool which I would recommend to other parents and I have lent this to friends and they have also found it to be helpful. This book is for available to buy on Amazon for around £8.
I have watched Supernanny on TV a bit recently and find it interesting even if it's not to everyone's tastes. I decided after watching for a bit that I would buy the book, not because I felt that I needed help with raising my children but wanted to keep an open mind and see if there was anything interesting or helpful in there. In my opinion the book is helpful and you can either take the information on board and use it or go your own way. To be honest with you everyone has their own ideas for raising their own chidren and you should only read this book as a reference point. Some people hate Supernanny but I think she does know what she's on about. I think alot of people have heard of Supernanny nowadays, also known as Jo Frost. She started up about 8 years ago now roughly and goes into people's houses offering help and practical hands on advice to parents of children who were a handful. I myself have two young children now and sometimes find it hard when they are playing up. I managed to pick up this book for under £10 so not too bad and you can probably get it even cheaper second hand. The book itself is a paperback edition with a picture of Jo on the front and on the back a little bit on what she's all about. The book is split into different sections, including Basic techniques, trouble shooting and useful contacts. Each separate chapter in the book begins with Supernanny writing something about the subject in that section. I really read this book not really as I felt I needed help with my children but I like reading other's opinions and to be honest with you she has been doing it for years and it's useful to perhaps try out some of her methods if you really need to. I would actually recommend this to any parents even if you don't want to take the advice or your children are perfect in every way which is doubtful. I think there is something that everyone can relate to and use in the book and it's a useful addition to anyone's collection.
Supernanny either love her or hate her, but she does know what she is talking about. Most people have heard of Supernanny aka (Jo Frost), unless you live in a cave. Jo Frost started off as Supernanny about 8 years ago where she went into peoples house and helped families with children who had various behaviuoral problems e.g. temper tantrums, sleep problems, not eating, running off etc (we have all been there). Jo has now brought out a few different books offering advice and tips to parents. I brought this book when I was pregnant, as I had watched Supernanny and was dreading my little boy doing some of the things I had seen children do on her programme, so I brought the book as a prevention rather than a cure, Supernanny, - How to Get the Best from your Children. I brought the book from mothercare for £9.99 I think it usually retails at £12.99 and on Amazon you can but the book from £3.00 second hand. The book is a paperback with a picture of Supernanny on the front with her red handbag. On the back is a little telling you about Jo Frost and the Times Review which quoted: Kim and Aggie for Naughty Toddlers. The book is 223 pages long including the index, and the book is split into sections:- - Introduction BASIC TECHNIQUES - Ages and Stages - Routines and Rules - Setting Boundaries - Dressing TROUBLE SHOOTING - Dressing - Toilet Training - Eating - Social Skills - Bedtime - Quality Time USEFUL CONTACTS INDEX Each chapter starts off with Supernany writing a little about the subject e.g. what age the child should start doing this and why it is good for them and how we as parents can encourage our children. It then goes into how the day may pan out with another page on helping and encouring our children. Supernanny then sets out the problems and what the cause tends to be with what can be done to resolve the problem. I have to say I have read this book from cover to cover not because I needed to but just to get general advice, and I really enjoyed looking at alot of problems from a child's perspective (which I think sometimes we as parents tend to do as we are always rushing). This book has helped me avoid many a problem and tantrum, and has also helped my little boy become very independent little man. One problem I did have which I referred to the Supernanny book was when my little boy was about 18 months he had a chest infection so I used to sit with him in his room and stroke his hand, this carried on for 6 months after the chest infection had cleared up. It was not that I minded sitting there stroking his hand but sometimes it would then take him an hour - hour and half to get to sleep, and I would be sat there thinking I could have done the washing up, laundry, made dinner etc in that time. Then every time I tried to leave the room he would scream continuously (which just broke my heart). Anyway it came to a head when I realised it was not good for my little boy as well as me to be sat there, so I referred to my supernanny book and she suggested because he had got used to my presence I slowly over a couple of weeks move further out of the room sitting a little further from his cot each night (I could not bear to let him cry it out). So that night I moved a little bit back from his cot and carried on the rest of the nights moving further and further. Within a week I was sat outside his door in the hallway and no crying to be heard. If he called I would pop my head back in the room and say Bedtime now I am just sat in the hallway, living room etc. Within two weeks just as Supernanny had said my little boy was going to bed all by himself and seemed alot happier for it. (We as parents all need our own time too). I would recommend this book to anyone even if your child is the perfect little angel, just to for ideas, advice and reference. I have now lent my book to about 6 friends and they are all big lovers of the book to.