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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (Feb. 23 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316017485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316017480
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
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The authors present practical methods to teach children about values over a 12-month period. The Eyres are the authors of several parenting books (e.g., Teaching Children Joy , Ballantine, 1986) as well as hosts of the television show Families Are Forever. Their latest book is well researched and interesting. The authors cover a wide range of values, including honesty, courage, peaceability, self-reliance, self-discipline, fidelity and chastity, loyalty, respect, love, unselfishness, kindness, and justice. Each value is examined alongside anecdotes that involve the authors' children. Many activities (games, awards, family meetings, etc.) are recommended for preschoolers, adolescents, and teenagers. This book will prove helpful to both parents and teachers. Highly recommended for most libraries.
- Jennifer Langlois, Missouri Western State Coll. Lib., St. Joseph
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

William Sears, MD, and Martha Sears, RN, are the pediatric experts on whom American parents increasingly rely for advice and information on all aspects of pregnancy, birth, childcare, and family nutrition. Dr. Sears has practiced pediatrics for more than 40 years, and is an associate clinical professor at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Martha Sears is a registered nurse and parenting and health consultant. Robert W. Sears, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician in private practice in southern California. James Sears, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician and co-host ofThe Doctors. Peter Sears, MD, is a board-certified physician specializing in family practice in Nashville, TN.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa38e5240) out of 5 stars Portable Pediatrician March 11 2011
By Johanna LoPorto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have to start this post by being very honest, as parents, we always want our children well and taken care of. Yet, sometimes when my son is sick, I just don't want to take him to the doctor. Franco is 20 months old and attending daycare, he is always coming down with one thing or another, so I requested The Portable Pediatrician to review as I heard it was the best tool a parent should have in their home. Simply said-this book is awesome!

Sometimes, we are not sure whether to take our child to the emergency room to wait endless hours, for something that may not be life-threatening. Well, that is where The Portable Pediatrician comes in. This book is a must have reference for every home regardless of your child's age. The Portable Pedetrician is part of the Dr. Sears Parenting Library that was recently released on February 23rd and covers everything from a common cold, ear aches, teething to learning disabilities,vaccines and so much more. This book even goes from newborn development all the way to puberty. It includes charts and little synopsis of when you should worry, seek a physician or simply try a remedy at home. The Portable Pediatrician is that basic but also that extreme, discussing common illnesses to more serious diseases.

The format of the book is easy to read and similar to an encyclopedia, with all topic listed from A-Z which I found very convenient. The information provided is practical and detailed. I have had this book for about a month now and have had the chance to put some of the advice to practice. The results were great. Please know however, this book is no way to be used to eliminate medical for your child, but simply, to be used as a helpful guide. I just love the fact that I have something to refer to when Franco is not feeling well.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa38eb2b8) out of 5 stars A MUST have, even if you have the other Sears books! March 12 2011
By MissLiss1234 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am a mother of three young kids--a kindergartener, preschooler and infant. I have almost all of the Sears books, so I was hesitant about getting this one. I am so glad that I did! It is loaded with valuable information, tips and is very easy to read. I looked up every illness and reason I have ever gone to the doctor's and all of them were included in this book. And who better than the Sears family to get information from?! Love it, needed it, and hope every family gets it!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa38e1f0c) out of 5 stars You can't get a better guide, clear facts in a comprehensive format even the most experienced parents will find comfort in. April 7 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
THE PORTABLE PEDIATRICIAN is a comprehensive guide, totalling 554 pages, not including the index, covering the health of infant through preteen. Health is a gift one cannot take lightly or purchase for our children, the next best thing is having the gift of knowledge. Based on the best science, medical references and the most current information available THE PORTABLE PEDIATRICIAN provides this for you. Beginning with an introduction on how to use the book it moves fourth to chapter I titled "Four Things All Parents Must Do to Keep Their Children Healthy," from choosing the right doctor to tips on providing the best nutrition. Chapter II explains the importance of "Well-Baby" and "Well-Child Exams" from vaccines to school sports physicals and more. Chapter III lists "Pediatric Concerns and Illnesses" alphabetically, including treatment, causes, what to do, when to worry, home remedies and so much more. Chapter IV of the book "Medicine Cabinet," guides you through giving medicines to your child to allergic reactions and more. There are very helpful Dr Sears Tips throughout the book with the index at the back for quick reference.

This is a large book, don't expect to sit down and read this whole book in one sitting, for many reasons. Although the Sears authors give the reader the most important points of each illness, that a parent or caretaker can take care of, it is best to come back to the book as your child develops and the need arises. Another important thing to remember is that each child is an individual and your child may never experience some of the illnesses in this book in his lifetime. The Sears authors stress the information provided in this book is not meant or intended to replace the medical care of a physician, so be sure to follow the advice of your child's doctor first, especially and most importantly if any particular symptoms arise that may require immediate attention or during a medical emergency This guide is one of the best to keep on hand for anyone that cares for children. I recommend it to all expectant parents to begin reading before their child is born. Whether you are a first time parent, a parent of 10 or a grandparent, THE PORTABLE PEDIATRICIAN is for you. It truly is one of the best health guides for children I have read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3946aec) out of 5 stars Portable Pediatrician is right! March 27 2011
By maggiej - Published on Amazon.com
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What a fantastic book! I also have the AAP equivalent, and this book absolutely blows it out of the water. Thanks to Dr Sears for another great addition to our library!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa38dc714) out of 5 stars Awesome Resource! April 29 2011
By MercyMomma - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Portable Pediatrician is a new book by the Sears family, a comprehensive guide to children's health. I have several of the Sears' books and this one has definitely earned a place on my bookshelf. It covers basic child growth, with a blurb on each of the well baby check-ups, and then the bulk of the book addresses pediatric concerns A-Z. After seeing the price on Amazon of only $14.95, I wasn't expecting the book to be as big and thorough as it is!

AskDrSears dot com has been on my list of go-to websites for quite a long time now. If one of my children has a fever or a rash or some other concern, I usually look it up there. Because I was curious as to how the book would compare to the website, I looked up a few concerns in both. Although the website is very helpful, the book does contain more information. The website is great for looking up photos of rashes though, as the book does not have any pictures.

I really enjoy the Sears approach and writing style. They are very down to earth, great at explaining the facts and telling you when to worry and when not to. I love that they respect parents and empower them with information rather than speaking down to them. As a mom who often goes the natural treatment route, I appreciate that I can use this book along with other natural remedy books. I don't feel like the two conflict because The Portable Pediatrician respects parent's choices and offers plenty of information. I highly recommend having this book on hand as in invaluable resource.

(I did receive a review copy of this book from the publisher, but all opinions are my own!)