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Jo Frost, a.k.a -Supernanny, - is the answer to every stressed parent's dreams. In ABC's primetime series, Jo works miracles on problem children by dispensing no-nonsense rules and reassuring us that parents do know best. The Supernanny method gives parents the know-how to tackle any problem area, be it mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, bedwetting, homework, sibling rivalry, ag Jo Frost, a.k.a -Supernanny, - is the answer to every stressed parent's dreams. In ABC's primetime series, Jo works miracles on problem children by dispensing no-nonsense rules and reassuring us that parents do know best. The Supernanny method gives parents the know-how to tackle any problem area, be it mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, bedwetting, homework, sibling rivalry, aggressive behavior, or a child who just won't do what he or she is told. In an era where parents are bombarded with conflicting or guilt-laden messages at every turn, and sometimes obey their kids' commands rather than the other way around, this is an upbeat, back-to-basics approach to restoring harmony and authority in the home. Chapters include: Ages and Stages Routines and Rules Setting Boundaries Dressing Toilet Training Eating Social Skills Bedtime Quality Time


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Jo Frost, a.k.a -Supernanny, - is the answer to every stressed parent's dreams. In ABC's primetime series, Jo works miracles on problem children by dispensing no-nonsense rules and reassuring us that parents do know best. The Supernanny method gives parents the know-how to tackle any problem area, be it mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, bedwetting, homework, sibling rivalry, ag Jo Frost, a.k.a -Supernanny, - is the answer to every stressed parent's dreams. In ABC's primetime series, Jo works miracles on problem children by dispensing no-nonsense rules and reassuring us that parents do know best. The Supernanny method gives parents the know-how to tackle any problem area, be it mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, bedwetting, homework, sibling rivalry, aggressive behavior, or a child who just won't do what he or she is told. In an era where parents are bombarded with conflicting or guilt-laden messages at every turn, and sometimes obey their kids' commands rather than the other way around, this is an upbeat, back-to-basics approach to restoring harmony and authority in the home. Chapters include: Ages and Stages Routines and Rules Setting Boundaries Dressing Toilet Training Eating Social Skills Bedtime Quality Time

30 review for Supernanny: How to Get the Best from Your Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Smith

    I've been reading this book for almost 3 years now. I got it as soon as Sophia was born. I use it more as a reference book. What I like most about this book is that it's very to the point! Most of the ideas and suggestions are commom sense, but you seem to forget teh obvious sometimes...so for me it's a great reference book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    B

    eh. 2.5 stars? maybe this is for big fans of the show ?(i've only seen bits of it a few times) i confess i was looking for quick-fix ideas for the terrible-toddler phase...but this was more of a super basic, first time parent owners manual with very little i hadn't heard elsewhere. on the positive side, it did have good little bullet point sections which were helful (as opposed to other books directed at parents which drone on for pages and pages...) here are a few points from one bullet-note page eh. 2.5 stars? maybe this is for big fans of the show ?(i've only seen bits of it a few times) i confess i was looking for quick-fix ideas for the terrible-toddler phase...but this was more of a super basic, first time parent owners manual with very little i hadn't heard elsewhere. on the positive side, it did have good little bullet point sections which were helful (as opposed to other books directed at parents which drone on for pages and pages...) here are a few points from one bullet-note page i liked (good reminders): "how to talk to your child" - praise your child when he's behaving well - talk to your child in a positive way (instead of saying, your hands are dirty, say, lets wash hands now, and then we'll sit on the sofa together...) - don't be abrupt or bark commands - don't scream and shout - never use hurtful words to label your child, make it clear that it's the bad behavior you dislike, not the child. - don't compare your child with their siblings and never talk about them to a third party when they're in earshot - dont' offer too many choices to a small child - don't bargain with a child having a tantrum - go large - children read your body language. be playful int he way you talk to your child.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book is great to give advice on any questions you have on discipline or just how to communicate better with your children. I've had many friends ask me how I get my kids to listen, I just say "supernanny". I'm not saying that my kids listen all the time either. ;)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    I bought this book years ago as my first child was entering the toddler phase and I needed some help. Although this book does have some good ideas on child rearing and basic parenting, it isn't super helpful dealing with more detailed problems. I can't say that I blame her, it is a general book on parenting and obviously not every minor problem that is faced by parents can be explained, but I guess I was hoping for something more. A lot of her advise seems like common sense to me, but I guess it I bought this book years ago as my first child was entering the toddler phase and I needed some help. Although this book does have some good ideas on child rearing and basic parenting, it isn't super helpful dealing with more detailed problems. I can't say that I blame her, it is a general book on parenting and obviously not every minor problem that is faced by parents can be explained, but I guess I was hoping for something more. A lot of her advise seems like common sense to me, but I guess it may not be that way for everyone. I do appreciate her publishing a book that focuses on setting boundaries and building a relationship based on trust, disciplining with firmness yet love and fostering a parent-child relationship with love and quality time. I think this book was worth it because over time, with both of my children I consulted this book for assurance that what I was doing was right, and also for advise when different concerns would come up. But now I will be taking this book to the local bookstore as my children are now aged beyond what this book covers and I no longer have a need for it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    This is a nice light read with lots of pictures. You don't read it from cover to cover, just the occasional aphorism to contemplate as you stir the oatmeal or pick up crayons from the living room carpet.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mona

    Holy crap! - How have I NOT read this book before NOW???!!! Not only does she cite common toddler behavioral issues, but she ACTUALLY explains how to DEAL with them! This is one I'm skipping around in, and not exactly reading from "start to finish..."

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Indihar

    I read this book cover-to-cover, but it also makes a great reference guide for busy parents. The information Frost gives is mostly decades-old childcare strategies, but inexperienced and/or struggling parents and caregivers will appreciate the short, easy-to-understand steps to manage poor sleep, eating, and behavior issues in young children under 5. Positives: All of the techniques in this book DO work if done properly, and it's a great reminder for caregivers like me who have been working with I read this book cover-to-cover, but it also makes a great reference guide for busy parents. The information Frost gives is mostly decades-old childcare strategies, but inexperienced and/or struggling parents and caregivers will appreciate the short, easy-to-understand steps to manage poor sleep, eating, and behavior issues in young children under 5. Positives: All of the techniques in this book DO work if done properly, and it's a great reminder for caregivers like me who have been working with children for years but need reminders about how to manage tantrums, poor eating, etc. My favorite is the "Staying In Bed Technique" because it works so well for older children who give their parents grief with the classic "I'm cold...I need water...one more story!" Negatives: This is a REFERENCE book and not a huge manual on every stage of childhood and every common behavior problem. If your child really struggles with sleep, for example, you'll need to buy a different book that talks ONLY about sleep for your child's age group. Also, Frost is an advocate for the "Controlled Crying Technique", which allows a child to cry for a set number of minutes at bedtime or naptime. Parents who don't want their child to cry at all need to find a different book about sleep. Overall, this is a great book for anyone who cares for children 5 and under. And the pictures are adorable!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I have never watched any of the Supernanny TV show but I picked this up at a secondhand book stall out of curiosity, and decided I really like it. It's short and simple and to the point, and the advice is realistic and sensible. Lots of stuff that in theory I already know, but often forget to do - like, if you want your kid to actually listen, don't just bellow at them from across the room half-heartedly but take them aside, get down on their level so you're not looming over them, make eye conta I have never watched any of the Supernanny TV show but I picked this up at a secondhand book stall out of curiosity, and decided I really like it. It's short and simple and to the point, and the advice is realistic and sensible. Lots of stuff that in theory I already know, but often forget to do - like, if you want your kid to actually listen, don't just bellow at them from across the room half-heartedly but take them aside, get down on their level so you're not looming over them, make eye contact, and use the Voice of Authority (not angry but firm). There's definitely a spectrum of schools of thought when it comes to parenting, so this might not be everyone's cup of tea. And I don't necessarily agree with every single thing in it either. But in general I think it lines up pretty well with my views on parenting.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I've always been a fan of Supernanny. She is firm, but also so sweet when handling children. My toddler is truly wonderful and well - mannered, but i appreciated this refresher course on how to be more gentle and loving while also reinforcing my rules. I love that she encourages parents not to yell or use violence, and that influencing our children to do good is actually quite simple. If she has a book for raising teenagers, I'm checking that out next. I don't think anyone can be too prepared fo I've always been a fan of Supernanny. She is firm, but also so sweet when handling children. My toddler is truly wonderful and well - mannered, but i appreciated this refresher course on how to be more gentle and loving while also reinforcing my rules. I love that she encourages parents not to yell or use violence, and that influencing our children to do good is actually quite simple. If she has a book for raising teenagers, I'm checking that out next. I don't think anyone can be too prepared for that stage of life.

  10. 4 out of 5

    T

    Great simple parenting book. Good tips and strategies.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    Good book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Faezeh

    Good helps for parents

  13. 5 out of 5

    May

    This book is my favorite, because it explains how to deal with children in a modern way. Also, the book is talking about more things that are related to children like the ten rules for parents. The first section of the book shows the stages and ages and how babies think about the world around them. In the next section it shows the routines and rules and how they will affect the children’s behavior in the future. Also, it points out how to put borders dealing with children, so that will reflect t This book is my favorite, because it explains how to deal with children in a modern way. Also, the book is talking about more things that are related to children like the ten rules for parents. The first section of the book shows the stages and ages and how babies think about the world around them. In the next section it shows the routines and rules and how they will affect the children’s behavior in the future. Also, it points out how to put borders dealing with children, so that will reflect the respect on both sides. On the other hand, it’s talking about other aspects that organize the good manners in children such as: how they must wear their clothes, how to eat meals, social skills, and bedtime. In the end of this book, it gives advice for mothers about how to cut a part of her time for herself. I think this book is very good and special for the mothers who don’t have the background about how to deal with children. I like it because it shows the steps in a modern way that allows mothers to accept and follow the rules that help them to correct their child’s behaviors. I recommend this book because as I mentioned above it is useful to know the new ways regarding children’s and how to deal with them.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I bought Supernanny: How to get the best from your children by Jo Frost when I was pregnant with my first child. I wanted something general as I didn't know what help I might need disciplining my children & I did indeed get something general, which wasn't quite what I wanted when I came to read it, at the dawn of toddlerhood. The book covers all ages & stages, which is useful as an overview & useful to understand what you can & cannot expect of a child at different ages. However, it does not go I bought Supernanny: How to get the best from your children by Jo Frost when I was pregnant with my first child. I wanted something general as I didn't know what help I might need disciplining my children & I did indeed get something general, which wasn't quite what I wanted when I came to read it, at the dawn of toddlerhood. The book covers all ages & stages, which is useful as an overview & useful to understand what you can & cannot expect of a child at different ages. However, it does not go into enough detail for my liking/ requirements. The disciplining techniques make great sense on paper, but the book would benefit from some more case studies & troubleshooting for putting these into practice. For example, Jo tells us when a child wont keep their bandana on their head in hot weather we should just put it back on them each time they take it off. But what if the child runs off or kicks you when you try to put it back on? I did find this book reassuring for its permission to discipline (& I mean discipline, not punishment) but I do need to remember that I only need to take from it what works for my family as in some areas Jo's rules are stricter than mine & to instill them in my house would only lead to battles not worth having.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    I watch her show pretty regularly, so when I saw the book at a garage sale, I picked it up. Her common-sense approach to the everyday problems and issues that arise with kids seems right on target. Firmness and consistency are emphasized. There are some good ideas and suggestions in this book, and it's laid out neatly. But its helpfulness ranks just above that of a collection of articles (with plenty of pictures, blurbs & bullet points) from any mainstream parenting magazine. I want more meat in I watch her show pretty regularly, so when I saw the book at a garage sale, I picked it up. Her common-sense approach to the everyday problems and issues that arise with kids seems right on target. Firmness and consistency are emphasized. There are some good ideas and suggestions in this book, and it's laid out neatly. But its helpfulness ranks just above that of a collection of articles (with plenty of pictures, blurbs & bullet points) from any mainstream parenting magazine. I want more meat in a book of this genre (or pretty much any genre, come to think of it.) I want to read about the emotional and cognitive development of children and why these techniques are recommended. Give me more theory, more references, more research & examples.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tristi

    My kids and I like watching "Supernanny" and "Nanny 911." If nothing else, these shows help me to appreciate how good I really do have it. I was intrigued by Jo Frost's book which outlines her techniques - maybe there would be something in there I could use. Essentially, the book is geared toward younger children, say up to around the age of six. I only have one that still falls into that bracket, but it was still good to have the reminder of how to lay a good foundation for behavior. She didn't My kids and I like watching "Supernanny" and "Nanny 911." If nothing else, these shows help me to appreciate how good I really do have it. I was intrigued by Jo Frost's book which outlines her techniques - maybe there would be something in there I could use. Essentially, the book is geared toward younger children, say up to around the age of six. I only have one that still falls into that bracket, but it was still good to have the reminder of how to lay a good foundation for behavior. She didn't reveal anything mind-boggling or anything I haven't heard before, but it was a good refresher course in how to be firm and yet loving, and how not to let the child become the ruler of your house.

  17. 5 out of 5

    jacky

    I really love watching Supernanny, so I had big expectations for this book. But, it takes on too much. It is a good introduction the subject, but I think she needs a book for each subtopic or each age range. A perfect example is that there are two pages on breastfeeding. There are also lots of filler pages of Jo with kids or kids playing. There are clear pluses, though. Its very organized, so if you were having a particular problem, you could easily pick it up and find a solution. Its not really I really love watching Supernanny, so I had big expectations for this book. But, it takes on too much. It is a good introduction the subject, but I think she needs a book for each subtopic or each age range. A perfect example is that there are two pages on breastfeeding. There are also lots of filler pages of Jo with kids or kids playing. There are clear pluses, though. Its very organized, so if you were having a particular problem, you could easily pick it up and find a solution. Its not really a read cover to cover book (which is why I'm calling it read even though I didn't read most of it). There is also very sound advice; its just that you might need more detail or support than this book offers.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    I have never watched the show "Supernanny," but after reading this book I am curious about it. After just a few days of following techniques used in this book, I find my kids are already behaving loads better. I know I am looking at an long uphill road, but I've learned to enjoy the small victories. For that reason I chose to implement the bedtime rules first so that I have extra "me-time" at the end of the day which I has improved my outlook all around. This book covers all sorts of issues like, I have never watched the show "Supernanny," but after reading this book I am curious about it. After just a few days of following techniques used in this book, I find my kids are already behaving loads better. I know I am looking at an long uphill road, but I've learned to enjoy the small victories. For that reason I chose to implement the bedtime rules first so that I have extra "me-time" at the end of the day which I has improved my outlook all around. This book covers all sorts of issues like, bedtimes, mealtimes, new siblings, separation anxiety, toilet training, and lots of motivational support. I wouldn't just recommend this book to parents with unruly children, but to all parents, because sometimes we forget little things or to just do simple things like enjoy our kids.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Sangallo

    Nice Book, easy and quick to read. Some interesting tips, so I like it, but nothing that blow your mind. I like the fact that the structure is really clear and that the content is well organized. Everything is built around 10 basic rules; 1- Praise and rewards; 2- Consistency;3- Routine;4- Boundaries; 5- Discipline;6 - Warnings (telling what coming next or warnings for bad behaviour; 7- Explanations; 8- Restraint (KEEP COOL); 9- Responsability; 10- Relaxation (quality time) I never saw the TV show Nice Book, easy and quick to read. Some interesting tips, so I like it, but nothing that blow your mind. I like the fact that the structure is really clear and that the content is well organized. Everything is built around 10 basic rules; 1- Praise and rewards; 2- Consistency;3- Routine;4- Boundaries; 5- Discipline;6 - Warnings (telling what coming next or warnings for bad behaviour; 7- Explanations; 8- Restraint (KEEP COOL); 9- Responsability; 10- Relaxation (quality time) I never saw the TV show, so I am not able to compare it. I would recommand this book but without having extraordinary expectations.

  20. 5 out of 5

    M

    Without the drama of the show, Jo Frost gives helpful, uplifting tips to guide your relationship with your children to responsible and healthy, structured and secure. She believes in letting children feel safe by growing in an environment rich in clear boundaries, rewards, and accountability, where a parent is a loving parent, not a competitor or just a friend. Her principles have helped me step away from the rigid authoritarianism of my own childhood, while still setting limits for my children Without the drama of the show, Jo Frost gives helpful, uplifting tips to guide your relationship with your children to responsible and healthy, structured and secure. She believes in letting children feel safe by growing in an environment rich in clear boundaries, rewards, and accountability, where a parent is a loving parent, not a competitor or just a friend. Her principles have helped me step away from the rigid authoritarianism of my own childhood, while still setting limits for my children, and they've been welcome additions to our home.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Someday, I am going to be a parent. I checked out this book from the library because I love the show "Super Nanny" on TV. That nanny works wonders with bratty children and their parents who don't know how to parent them correctly. There were some very good tips in the book, that I would never even stop to think of. For example, she says never to reward your children with treats, as it teaches them to have unhealthy attitudes about food later in life. She says verbal praise and a big hug does the j Someday, I am going to be a parent. I checked out this book from the library because I love the show "Super Nanny" on TV. That nanny works wonders with bratty children and their parents who don't know how to parent them correctly. There were some very good tips in the book, that I would never even stop to think of. For example, she says never to reward your children with treats, as it teaches them to have unhealthy attitudes about food later in life. She says verbal praise and a big hug does the job just fine. I liked this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elsha

    I can't decide which of her two books I like better. They both cover the same concepts so both are good. I agree with another friendly reviewer (Chelsea) that this book is maybe geared toward the younger age group. If you're looking for a good book to give you some pointers on routines, encouragement, boundaries and discipline for your child, I would recommend either of Jo Frosts' books. I can really get behind her methods and I appreciate that she proposes that most children are not ready for t I can't decide which of her two books I like better. They both cover the same concepts so both are good. I agree with another friendly reviewer (Chelsea) that this book is maybe geared toward the younger age group. If you're looking for a good book to give you some pointers on routines, encouragement, boundaries and discipline for your child, I would recommend either of Jo Frosts' books. I can really get behind her methods and I appreciate that she proposes that most children are not ready for time-outs/naughty steps until they're between 2 and 2 1/2 years old.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Helena

    I picked this up hoping for some kind of miracle advice to address tantrums and potty training issues. It's a good book of common sense parenting tips, but I didn't find anything that I hadn't already seen in other parenting books or on parenting sites, or learned from friends. One good reminder from the first part of the book: just because a child can talk doesn't mean s/he is capable of logic and reason. It's good to remember that my daughter is being irrational because she's two, not because I picked this up hoping for some kind of miracle advice to address tantrums and potty training issues. It's a good book of common sense parenting tips, but I didn't find anything that I hadn't already seen in other parenting books or on parenting sites, or learned from friends. One good reminder from the first part of the book: just because a child can talk doesn't mean s/he is capable of logic and reason. It's good to remember that my daughter is being irrational because she's two, not because she's trying to drive me crazy. :)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carissa Norris

    As a first time parent, I loved this book--and still do! It will be a book I continually go back to for reference. I picked this book up because I loved Jo's gentle way of interacting with children. She is gentle and yet firm at the same time and never resorts to bargaining or yelling. I want to be like that as a mom. I have also decided to parent without spanking my children and it is nice to have direction on how to give consequences without falling back on the smacking your kids route. Excell As a first time parent, I loved this book--and still do! It will be a book I continually go back to for reference. I picked this book up because I loved Jo's gentle way of interacting with children. She is gentle and yet firm at the same time and never resorts to bargaining or yelling. I want to be like that as a mom. I have also decided to parent without spanking my children and it is nice to have direction on how to give consequences without falling back on the smacking your kids route. Excellent advice and I recommend for any first time parent!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    I've read this book before, but I wanted to brush up on some things that we've let slide around here. While the book is really geared mostly for kids five and under, there is plenty to benefit my family -- my six kids are ages 8-17. From today's quick read through, the main things I need to remember are consistency and firmness with plenty of love, praise and fun mixed in. No brainers, really, but this book is written with an attitude of encouragement, never hopelessness, and I'm ready for a fre I've read this book before, but I wanted to brush up on some things that we've let slide around here. While the book is really geared mostly for kids five and under, there is plenty to benefit my family -- my six kids are ages 8-17. From today's quick read through, the main things I need to remember are consistency and firmness with plenty of love, praise and fun mixed in. No brainers, really, but this book is written with an attitude of encouragement, never hopelessness, and I'm ready for a fresh start!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    If you enjoyed the show, you'll probably enjoy this. She covers a variety of topics related to parenting (focusing mostly on young children). Don't expect a lot of detail. This is mostly a brief glimpse at the strategies used by Jo, and gives a general framework for ways to think about problems or potential problems, at the same sort of level that you would get from her explanations on the Supernanny show. It is helpful, and a quick read, but don't expect it to be a primary source of information If you enjoyed the show, you'll probably enjoy this. She covers a variety of topics related to parenting (focusing mostly on young children). Don't expect a lot of detail. This is mostly a brief glimpse at the strategies used by Jo, and gives a general framework for ways to think about problems or potential problems, at the same sort of level that you would get from her explanations on the Supernanny show. It is helpful, and a quick read, but don't expect it to be a primary source of information if you are looking for a book about parenting.

  27. 4 out of 5

    C.G.

    After watching the show (when it used to be on), my husband and I decided that Jo Frost offered no nonsense, common sense advice for child rearing. When we decided to adopt 5 siblings, I went on the hunt for her books and came home with this one (plus a couple more). It truly is just common sense... with some practical "how to" tips to give you a starting point. Consistency is king, discipline (not the same thing as "smacking" as she calls it) is a must, and praise for a job well done is the che After watching the show (when it used to be on), my husband and I decided that Jo Frost offered no nonsense, common sense advice for child rearing. When we decided to adopt 5 siblings, I went on the hunt for her books and came home with this one (plus a couple more). It truly is just common sense... with some practical "how to" tips to give you a starting point. Consistency is king, discipline (not the same thing as "smacking" as she calls it) is a must, and praise for a job well done is the cherry on top.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Really, it's just common sense parenting tips. At least it was in my family as I was growing up. Well, partly. And of all the idiot reality shows out there, hers ranks as one of the few that are worth watching to me... though it is painful to watch at times, LOL. Should be read BEFORE you have kids, or at least before they start talking and walking... because it is so much easier to start at the beginning than to change gears in mid-trip.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    Odie bought me this book for Mother's Day one year because he knows how much I LOVE watching Supernanny. When I was pregnant with Erik, the show scared me to death. Now I laugh!!! The book was just an overview of child development and how to handle eating, sleeping, potty training, and naughty chairs. I liked it, but it's nothing we haven't heard before. Her face is what sold us the book. I LOVE Jo Jo!!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I'll admit it--I watched a lot of Supernanny in college. I even watched it with my husband our first year of marriage (way before kiddos). And I am a believer. I love that she teaches parents to take control using love, compassion, and encouragement more than punishment (though there are times for that, too). I can't say I agree completely with her views on babyhood, but her tips about parenting toddlers and beyond make a lot of sense... Guess we'll see if it all really works. ;)

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