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Perfect Parenting: The Dictionary of 1,000 Parenting Tips
by Elizabeth Pantley

If you're looking for a book that puts answers to common (and not so common) parenting challenges right at your fingertips, then look no further. Elizabeth Pantley's Perfect Parenting: The Dictionary of 1,000 Parenting Tips is an A-to-Z book full of practical solutions to almost any problem you can think of. Elizabeth offers this reassuring explanation of what perfect parenting really is: "Perfect parenting is parenting with a plan. It is based on action, rather than reaction. Knowledge, rather than chance. Thoughtfulness, rather than anger. Common sense, rather than nonsense." She goes on to say, "Perfect parenting is a process whereby parents, in all their human flaws and weaknesses, do their personal best to raise capable, responsible, happy children."

Before I even opened the book, I jotted down four parenting problems. My idea was to see if I could find answers to my hypothetical problems using this book. The four problems that I wrote down were biting, refusing to eat, being afraid of the dark and throwing tantrums. And one by one I found suggestions - 26 in all! - for these problems. (You can find her suggestions for these problems on pages 43, 108, 91 and 274, respectively.)

Because the book lists situations alphabetically, finding what you're looking for is simple. The book follows the same format for every problem listed. First, it lists the situation. Second, it has a short section called "Think About It." And finally, solutions are offered. The "Think About It" parts are wonderful, as they remind parents to look at a situation from the child's perspective or from an objective viewpoint. For example, in the portion dealing with tooth brushing, Elizabeth offers this reminder: "Kids don't have the wisdom to understand the long-term value of good tooth care. They see it as one of those boring things that you make them do." Another great feature of this book is that many solutions are offered for each situation. For example, when I looked up information on biting, I found nine possible ways to deal with it.

Perfect Parenting: The Dictionary of 1,000 Parenting Tips is a great book when you're looking for tips on how to handle a specific problem. It makes getting the information fast and easy, and offers multiple solutions, so that you can choose the ones that make the most sense for your child and your situation. Definitely a positive addition to every parent's library!

Book review by Jennifer Thompson

To Purchase:
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Also on StorkNet by Elizabeth Pantley:
   • Interview with StorkNet members
   • Articles on StorkNet
   • Kid Cooperation review
   • Hidden Messages
   • No-Cry Sleep Solution review

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