The definitive Sanity Saver

Instant relief for when your 2-year-old is on the floor of the toy store, pitching a fit. Or when brother and sister discover that they can't stand each other. Or when your son can't say no to video games.


Order your copy of The Pocket Parent for $10.95

  • Personally autographed by Gail
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THE POCKET PARENT is, literally, a pocket-size book of tried-and-true advice, common sense, parental wisdom, and sanity.

Written by two professionals who've reared six children between them and made a career out of helping others with parenting issues, this handy book will be a lifesaver for every parent of a 2-to-5-year-old.

It begins with an overall view of the Pocket Parent approach to discipline. Based on unconditional love but firm limits, and aimed at keeping the child's dignity and self-esteem intact, here are strategies that include "I" statements, modeling, family meetings, and "one word" requests. Once the ground rules are set, the guide moves to an A-to-Z compendium of common problems.

Just look it up-Anger, Bad Words, Biting, Chores, Doctor Visits, Fears at Night, Lying, Separation Anxiety-and find the "Sanity Savers" list of suggestions, easy-to-follow bullets, anecdotes, and more.

For the bag, glove compartment, backpack, or shelf in the kitchen, it's there for you whenever you need it.

Written in a positive compassionate tone and sprinkled with personal anecdotes, this invaluable compendium offers expert wisdom for positively shaping children’s behavior while strengthening family bonds.
— Marianne Neifert, M.D. (Dr. Mom, Pediatrician, Contributing Editor for Parenting Magazine
At last, a how-to book on parenting that has depth as well as offering excellent, practical advice.
— Stanley Turecki, M.D., Author of The Difficult Child and Normal Kids Have Problems Too
A superb handbook for parents: humane, reassuring, practical. Thirty years ago when I was a young mother, Dr. Spock was on my bedside table. If I were that mother today, The Pocket Parent would be there, as well as in my purse, my car, and anywhere else I could consult it at a moment’s notice.
— Carolyn Newberger, Ed,D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School


"Kid's Don't Come With a Handbook!"

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