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No Regrets Parenting: Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Moments with Your Kids [Paperback]

Harley A. Rotbart M.D.
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Feb. 21 2012
For tiger moms, free-range parents, helicopter parents, soccer moms, single parents, stay-at-home dads, and every other lifestyle du jour, No Regrets Parenting focuses on the simple truth that long days of busy parenting race quickly by and teaches parents how to stretch and enhance the time they spend with their kids.

No Regrets Parenting is a book for busy parents in our busy times. Juggling family and professional lives is not a course taught in high school or college--many parents find the challenges of being all things to all people daunting. This theme is ubiquitous in today's culture--movies, theatre, books, magazine features, and human interest news stories all find the challenge of raising children to be prime fodder for audiences. How to do it all? How to stay sane while trying to do it all?

  No Regrets Parenting teaches parents how to experience the joy and depth of the parenting experience amidst the chaos and choreography of daily routines. Car pool, bath time, soccer practice, homework, dinner hour, and sleepovers all become more than just obligations and hurdles to overcome to get through the day. They are opportunities for intimate and meaningful time--quality time--with young kids. It's not how much time you have with your kids, but how you spend that time that matters in the life and legacy of a young family. No Regrets Parenting readjusts parents' perspectives and priorities, helping them find the time to do it all and feel good about your kids' childhood.

  There is a simple, single truth for every parent. Your kids need you to be there. They need to see who you are and how you live your life. And, in return, they will help you to see who you are and how you should be living your life. For all of that to happen, parents need time with their kids. Memorable and meaningful time. No Regrets Parenting is about time. Finding enough of it and making the most of it.

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"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.


“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®), bestselling author of the Dr. Mom books for parents


“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


“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


“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
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very light parenting book Feb. 21 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book because it was mentioned in a parenting magazine I got. I have a 1 yr old and thought it could shed some light on new approaches to modern day parenting. It was interesting in a "general" way and was a very easy read (I think I read it in one evening), but I didn't offer any truly new ideas that remained with me. We all know we need to spend more time with our children and this books tries to explain why and how and the value of it - but I didn't find ground breaking ideas that one could not come up with on our own. I regret buying it, but then again the authors language is very accessible and maybe other parents who are too focused on work and other activities could use this "waking up". Perhaps I wasn't the intended audience for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Bookish Thoughts... May 19 2012
By Reader Writer Runner TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Contrary to the genre of Tiger Moms and Bébés, "No Regrets Parenting" teaches parents not how to raise kids but how to find the time to raise kids, thus turning minutes into cherished moments. This non-judgmental book frees both working and stay-at-home parents from guilt by reframing the concept of quality time.

From building trust to actively listening to creating memories to slowing down to ultimately letting go, this book covers universally relevant topics. Its short chapters, positive tone and helpful ideas make it a delight to read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars You could write this book Aug. 14 2012
By R. Young - Published on Amazon.com
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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Did I Ever Need To Read This Book! Feb. 22 2012
By Uma Trelleborg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Antidote to Tiger Moms and Bebe Moms Feb. 29 2012
By Rita - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas for busy parents. April 7 2012
By SuzGirlMpls - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars breezy and nice Sept. 10 2012
By Just Me - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I discovered this book when Parenting magazine ran an excerpt in their March 2012 issue. Light-hearted but very true look at how precious our time with our children is ("There are only 940 Saturdays between a child's birth and her leaving for college."), so you should ensure that you and they enjoy their childhood.
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