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  • Paperback: 694 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass (Sept. 8 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787988316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787988319
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 4.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Borba, author and Today Show regular, employs a cookbooklike approach in her latest volume: rather than read through the entire tome, parents can flip to topics pertinent to their family. Borba opens with a friendly overview, noting that contemporary parents feel more stressed and find their roles increasingly difficult (June Cleaver, she points out, didn't have to deal with cyberbullying or Facebook). With characteristic wit, Borba identifies the ?seven deadly parenting styles,? including helicopter, buddy, incubator, bandage, paranoid, accessory parenting (judging themselves by their kids' accolades) and secondary parenting (relinquishing power to such outsiders as marketers or the media). In nine sections on family, behavior, character, emotions, social scene, school, special needs, day-to-day and electronics, the author urges readers to roll up their sleeves and get back to basic, instinctual parenting. As she tackles 101 issues ranging from sibling rivalry, lying and peer pressure to cell-phone use and TV addiction, Borba helps readers identify the reason underlying the behavior or problem, and work with 10 essential principles of change. With her no-nonsense yet compassionate voice, Borba once again delivers an indispensable resource for parents of toddlers to 13-year-olds. (Sept.) (Publishers Weekly, July 20, 2009)

A Recommended Read for Moms by Working Mother magazine: "Educational psychologist and Today show parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba has compiled 101 answers to your most perplexing kid conundrums, from early childhood challenges like thumbsucking and tantrums to later behaviors like bullying and drug use to universals like adoption and divorce. The easy-to-use problem/solution format will have you battling your biggest parenting crises with confidence." (October 2009)

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Parenting for Real and Lasting Change

"Moms and dads have come to rely on Dr. Borba for advice on issues large and small. The Big Book of Parenting Solutions is an indispensable, comprehensive, and authoritative guide to the wonderful and sometimes wacky world of parenthood. You'll find yourself dipping into it for answers again and again."
Dana Points, Editor-in-Chief, Parents Magazine

Trusted parenting expert Michele Borba offers her practical and proven advice for meeting the most common parenting challenges for kids from 3 to 13. These time-tested strategies have been featured in her Today show appearances and presented to over a million parents and teachers in her popular workshops. Michele skips the quick-fix approach and offers effective solutions that help you make lasting change in your child's attitude, behavior, and character.

With The Big Book of Parenting Solutions as your guide, you can take on frustrating child-rearing issues such as bedtime battles, chores wars, overscheduling, tantrums, bad friends, sibling rivalry, back talk, selfishness, and anger, to more pressing concerns like cyberbullying, steroids, cheating, growing up too fast, eating disorders, worrying about the world, Internet safety, stress, and much more. The book's 101 issues include specific step-by-step solutions and advice that is age appropriate.

Borba's groundbreaking method shows how to replace your child's troublesome behavior with positive new habits. The result: a better-behaved kid who is respectful, responsible, and prepared to handle life for the long haul.

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The Big Book of Parenting Solutions is truly BIG! It is a virtual encyclopedia of parenting challenges and solutions - one that I have referenced myself on many occasions. Michele Borba writes in a straightforward, easy-to-follow style that makes the material completely accessible and do-able for any parent. Yet, Borba doesn't skimp; she provides comprehensive treatment for every problem - a thorough description of the issues and a thorough treatment to follow. Her advice is grounded in solid psychological theory and research. In my work as a family counsellor, I am happy to point parents in her direction for a trustworthy companion on their parenting journey.
Sarah Chana Radcliffe, author "Raise Your Kids without Raising Your Voice." Raise Your Kids Without Raising Your Voice
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As an elementary teacher my colleagues and myself used Michelle Borba's material for classroom management techniques. When I saw her interviewed on Dr. Phil, I was surprised. My daughter has two young children and I thought this book would be a great resource as it spans the ages and covers all topics. I like the way it is organized and ease at which a specific issue can be located. The language is easy to read. Although sceptical as to how my daughter would receive such a gift, I am pleasantly surprised that she uses it.
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Very clear, comprehensive and easy to read
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HASH(0xa0ac13d8) out of 5 stars Amazingly thorough and relevant. Oct. 13 2009
By tachi1 - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a grandmother. My parents used to say "little kids: little problems; big kids: big problems." In today's world, even if your kids are little, there can be big problems. My own generation of parents didn't have to deal with the internet, or violence in the schools, or an increasingly violent, permissive, and sexually explicit society. Sure, problems existed--but somewhere else. Now they are in your own back yard, regardless of where your back yard is.

From the moment my daughter got pregnant, I realized the parenting environment has changed. I expected that methods of putting the baby to sleep would be different of course--that changes every few years--but questioning vaccinations? I decided I had to read up on the new thinking.

I have to confess that I was worried. I have seen so many spoiled children in stores, restaurants, and other public places that I had reached the conclusion that modern parents either didn't believe in discipline or didn't want to bother. What I realized from this book is that, although many of the problems are different (and pretty serious and complex), the underlying methodology, the basic philosophies of good parenting, and the goals and purpose of good parents have not changed.

I have great sympathy for today's parents. Their battle to instill character and values is much more difficult than mine was, even though we brought up our children in the age of conspicuous consumption and a snobbish concern for designer labels. This societal message made children think that they were what they had or what they wore and it was a challenge to get them to define themselves according to real values. (Apparently, that problem is still ongoing, as it is directly addressed, and very well, under the topic of "Materialistic".)

But so are many other topics that might (or might not) affect you at some time: Is your child bossy with her friends? Is he ungrateful or selfish or spoiled? Is he gifted? Is he defiant and hot-tempered? Is she suffering due to the end of a friendship? Hooked on rewards? Watches too much television? Shy? A bully (or the victim of a bully)? You name it. It is here.

This book, which is encyclopedic in its scope, covers each topic with sensitivity, intelligence, practicality, great common sense and with a stress on intervening early to deal with the problem behavior or situation. It breaks up the problem into its components: first the signs and symptoms, then the immediate steps to address the problem, then the long-term changes that need to be implemented. It also tells you how that behavior is manifested in different ages and what you should expect from a child depending on his age. There is also recommended reading on the topic in case you want to research it further.

It is a great resource, not only for parents who are trying to bring up their children from pre-school through the pre-teen years, but also for grandparents who need to understand what our children and grandchildren are up against so we can offer help, support and, only occasionally, advice.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0ac1624) out of 5 stars If You Are Looking For One Book, One Resource To Help Parent Toddlers To Teens, The BIG Book of Parenting Solutions is it! Sept. 9 2009
By CMoise2 - Published on Amazon.com
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When you see this book, you will realize this includes Michele Borba's work over the last 20 years. It is one BIG BOOK! She has accumulated over 20 years worth of research and includes the most up to date issues parents face today. This is not meant to read through in one sitting. It is meant to be a reference book that you come back to again and again.

This book includes up to date topics such as cell phones, video games, cyberbullying, and internet safety. One section addresses school and includes topics on special needs ranging from ADHD, Gifted, Learning Disabilities, Weight Issues and even Depression. In addition, Michele Borba addresses issues related to family, behavior, character and emotions. For the most part, any topic you will need to address from toddler to tween is included.

Dr. Michele Borba is frequently featured as a Parent Expert on the TODAY Show. Just this past month, I have seen her on the show 3 times. I enjoy watching her because she comes across as if she is having a conversation with you instead of just passing along information. It is easy to pick up on her passion for parenting when you watch her talk. This book is where she shares practical information and solutions that she has collected over the years.

As a parent that needs one book, one resource to go to, I highly recommend this book.

If you only get one parenting book, this is the one I would recommend for dealing with kids ages 3-13.

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0ac1864) out of 5 stars Best Comprehensive and Smart Parenting Book I've Seen Sept. 11 2009
By Angela Eaton - Published on Amazon.com
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I highly recommend this book to any parent. I have had my share of parenting challenges and have turned to a slew of other parenting books looking for solutions. I may have found nuggets of information in each book, but each book ultimately was narrowily focused on one issue or point of view. But never before have I seen anything so comprehensive and smart as this book. When I first received The Big Book of Parenting (apply named...it IS big!), I started paging through it. It is setup like a reference book - you look for the topic that you are interested in. My kids were fighting at the moment, so I looked at sibling rivalry. Then I was thinking about how my son has been indecisive lately, to the point that it concerned me. Low and behold, there is a section on indecision. I was so surprised. How did she know I was worried about this??

Not only are the topics comprehensive, they are pertinent to today's parent. Just flipping through, I see topics like, "Growing Up Too Fast," "Disciplining Other Kids," "Organized Sports," "TV Addiction," and "Hooked on Rewards." And of course, Michele covers the classic parenting dilemas like sibling rivalry, stealing, and separation anxiety. I particularly appreciated the section on birth order - the traits and challenges of the first child, middle child, only child, etc., and the section titled, "The Deadliest Forms of Parenting."

More than other books, The Big Book of Parenting provides so much substance on each topic. Signs and symptoms of the problem, why you should work toward change, multiple solutions from multiple angles, creative ideas from other parents, the latest research, what to expect age by age, and other references to consult. It is simply packed with substance from which any parent can glean clarity and take away immediate action steps. And you walk away feeling not like you have to buy into one expert's point of view, but rather that you have gathered the best of the best research and advice. Thank you, Michele, for this valuable resource.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0ac1ae0) out of 5 stars Great Overall Reference, Very Useful Oct. 22 2009
By K. Groh - Published on Amazon.com
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Parents often say, "I wish kids came with a manual." This book could be it.

This is a very comprehensive book about raising children and covers so many topics that it should be good for most parents.

Major sections include: Family (adopted, divorce, middle child, new baby, etc.); Behavior (argues, back talk, biting, bossy, etc.); Character (bad manners, cheats, insensitive, intolerant, etc.); Emotions (angry, dependent, fearful, grief, etc.); Social Scene (bad friends, bullied, bullying, cliques, etc.); School (day care, gives up, homework, leadership, etc.); Special Needs (attention deficit, autism spectrum disorder, depressed, gifted, etc.); Day to Day (bathroom battles, boredom, chores, communicating, etc.); Electronics (cell phone, cyberbullying, internet safety, tv addiction, etc.).

Each topic defines the problem, gives you 'red flags' to look for, reasons to change, signs and symptoms, and multiple solutions. Often there are research notes as well as solutions that worked specifically from another parent's perspective.

The solutions are practical, make sense, and don't ask parents to do things that they might not be comfortable with. Parents are often asked to look at themselves as well - how do I react when this happens? Am I encouraging the bad behavior with my actions or words?

This is a very thorough, well written and easy to understand reference book. You may start by reading through some chapters and then going back to specific issues as they arise. It is not really a book that you will read cover to cover and retain all the information.

If you have an issue with your child, the book will only change what you are willing to work on. As with any parenting solution, to get to a different place, it does require behavior changes and commitment or the behavior will continue and parents will be frustrated.

Each section is comprehensive but it is not a complete guide to every problem. If your child has attention deficit disorder, this book will not tell you everything you need to know about that specific problem. It will give you an overview, it will help you better understand if your child had a friend with ADD, but further research into your child's specific problem will probably be necessary.

Overall, this is one of the best and easiest to use guides I've seen. I would highly recommend this book for any parent, even if your child is does not have any specific issues at this time.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0ac1de0) out of 5 stars Not a quick reference guide, poorly organized. March 1 2011
By Common Sense Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If the size(694 pages)and weight of this book does not intimidate you then page after page containing single spaced walls of text will. This is not a quick reference guide, it is a whole-spectrum child psychology book. Looking in this book to find advice on how to deal with a three year old requires you to sift through data about children of all ages. Searching through this book makes me feel like I'm searching for the proverbial "needle in the haystack".

As a tired mom of a three year old I don't have the time or energy to wade through chapters of single spaced pages. My child is three, I don't care about twelve year olds at this moment. And, when I have a twelve year old, I won't care about three year olds. But to get information from this text, I have to read it all.

I would recommend this book to child psychology students, or someone with a LOT of time on their hands. I would not recommend this book to busy parents in the trenches.