Having a baby is an incredible experience, and the ultimate responsibility! Parenting is a job that you start with no training at all - and friends and family always seem to be the first to tell you how best to bring up your children. But there's no sure-fire formula for raising kids. Maybe that's because every child, like every parent, is an individual, and no two parent-child relationships are ever the same. So, you can give up any notions of being a perfect parent. But, you can learn to keep the big mistakes to a minimum and make the parenting experience easier and more rewarding for your children and yourself. Which is where this book comes in. Covering information for newborns to pre-teens, Parenting For Dummies gives you the essentials of parenting basics. From dealing with a crying baby and potty training, to building self-esteem and dealing with sibling rivalry, it offers a gold mine of up-to-date advice.
Helen Brown is a journalist and a mother of three. She is Senior Editor for Boots Parenting Club magazines, the former Parenting Editor of She magazine and writes regularly for Mother and Baby.
Introduction. Part I: All About You: What Every Parent Should Know. Chapter 1: Help! Where Do I Start? The Basics. Chapter 2: You're in Charge: Setting Boundaries. Chapter 3: You Are Not Alone: Massing the Troops. Chapter 4: Other Secrets of Great Parenting. Chapter 5: Childminders, Nurseries, and Nannies. Part II: All About Babies. Chapter 6: Surviving, Thriving, and Diving In: Getting Accustomed to Having a Baby. Chapter 7: Mmmm, Mmmm, Good: Feeding Baby. Chapter 8: Moving on to Solids. Chapter 9: Sweet Dreams: Getting Baby to Sleep. Chapter 10: Playing, Learning, and Socialising. Part III: All About Toddlers. Chapter 11: Keeping Baby Healthy. Chapter 12: Potty-Training. Chapter 13: Tantrum Tactics. Chapter 14: Food and Sleep. Chapter 15: Keeping Your Toddler Safe. Chapter 16: Playing, Learning, and Socialising. Part IV: All About Preschoolers. Chapter 17: Behaviour and Discipline. Chapter 18: Food Fights and Sleep Frights. Chapter 19: Playing, Learning, and Socialising. Chapter 20: Heading to Preschool. Part V: All About Schoolies. Chapter 21: Starting School. Chapter 22: Eating, Sleeping, and Staying Healthy. Chapter 23: Behaviour and Responsibility. Chapter 24: Friends, Self, and the World Beyond. Part VI: All About Siblings. Chapter 25: The New Arrival. Chapter 26: Squabble Solutions. Chapter 27: Loving Them All the Same. Part VII: The Part of Tens. Chapter 28: Ten Ways to Keep Your Cool. Chapter 29: Ten First-Aid Must-Knows. Chapter 30: Ten Things You Need For Your Baby (And Ten Things You Don't). Index.