Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I'm sure many of you reading have seen Supernanny.  If you haven't, set your dvr, or do a little research on her.  

Jo Frost is her name.  And she is amazing.  I marvel at the homes she goes into and how she turns these children around.  
Here is a little bio about her, from ABC:

"Jo Frost, the star of ABC's new reality show, "Supernanny," says that children have been a big part of her life from the beginning. She's always had a gift for connecting with kids on their own level, and began babysitting as a teenager. After college she embarked on nannying as a career, and over 15 years she has honed her successful methods of child-rearing with hands-on, real-life experience. She has managed all manner of child-rearing challenges -- from potty training and sibling rivalry to sleep issues and tantrums -- over her years working in temporary, long-term and trouble-shooting jobs."

As many of you know, my older little boy Chandler is constantly testing his limits.  He is a VERY free spirit and has been delayed a bit in his communication.  While he is catching up, we've had our fair share of power struggles trying to communicate.  Last year for my birthday, my sister gave me the Supernanny book:  How to Get the Best from Your Children.  At the time we were struggling with discipline and bedtime.  Chandler was extremely defiant and would get out of bed countless times at night.  He'd also scream if we didn't lay with him until he fell asleep.  I was ready to try anything, and so I embraced Supernanny's book with both arms.

Pros:  This book is great for kids of all ages.  It gives you an idea of what to expect from baby to preschoolers and beyond.  Supernanny has 10 rules that she lives by:
1.  Praise and Rewards
2.  Consistency
3.  Routine
4.  Boundaries
5.  Discipline
6.  Warnings
7. Explanations
8. Restraint (for the parent)
9. Responsibility
10.  Relaxation
I wish I could go more into detail, but there is so much in this book as it is over 200 pages.  One Supernanny technique we have implemented is the "Naughty Spot"  I have a whole post about it on my family blog.  You can check it out here.  We also used a bedtime technique that she suggests and it works wonders.  Other things that she focuses on in her book:  Dressing, Toilet Training, Eating, Social Skills, Bedtime, and Quality Time.  
A huge thing that has helped for us is consistency.  If we are consistent with our routine, praise, discipline, eating, etc - then our kids always know what to expect.  I could go on and on about this book, but you get the idea of how I feel about her theories.

Cons:  I can't find one Con with this book or her techniques. 

The Bottom Line:  Great book with great parenting techniques

Price:  $15.95

Where to Buy:  Any bookstore near you, Amazon

Rating:  Excellent

P.S.  I LOVE this book so much, I'm GIVING one away!  Leave a comment below to enter! (You have until Feb 27th to enter and winners will be announced Feb 28th!)

21 comments:

Christine said...

Enter me in the drawing! I love this blog!! :)

Colleen said...

Sign me up, Tiffany! Beckett and bedtime have been "interesting" lately...

Sara Birch said...

I love Supernanny, even if she does use behaviorist techniques (I don't agree so much with rewards...before you judge me read "Punished By Rewards By: Alfie Kohn, its eye opening.)Anyways, she really is amazing and I LOVE her book! A must for parents.

Cassandra said...

I am always amazed when I watch the show!

Janaca said...

I would LOVE to get this book. It sounds like exactly what I need after the last month with Jordan. Things are definitely out of hand in our house...

Cory and Becca said...

wow...how generous...i didn't know there was a book! here's hoping the random integer selects me!! :)

Shellee said...

Love your blog and supernanny! My husband and I are adopting our first baby (girl) next week and I would love to have this for future reference. Thanks for sharing!

jess said...

sign me up..i love super nanny.

Jenny and Jeremy said...

I love your blog! And I'm a big fan of Supernanny!!!

Johnson Family said...

I love Supernanny! And I am sure I could use some of the tips in the book!

Tristan's Mom said...

Where have I been?? I kind of dropped off the face of the blog world once school started again. So sorry! Anyway, I love Jo and I would love to be entered into your drawing. I'll try harder to visit more often! :D

Amber said...

Brand new to your blog! LOVE it! Supernanny Rocks!

Holly Mayer said...

ya I love supper nanny

Toni said...

I have been wanting to pick up one of her books!

Joy said...

I just heard about your blog and I think it's great! Sign me up!

Chalece said...

Sounds like a great book! I'm always looking for good information on helping my parenting! Thanks!

Oesterle Family said...

I'm a new mom and would LOVE the help!

Wii are the Nelsons said...

I would love this...watching her show is really interesting too...

Justin and Ashley McDermott said...

Justin and I love watching Supernannny! Sign us up!

Joel & Lila said...

Score on the giveaway! Pretty tricky to leave it at the end to make sure everyone is reading!LOL

Enter me, enter me, enter me!!

Colby and Meredith said...

WooHoo! Sign me up!