Am I A Normal Parent?: Expert Advice, Parenting Tips, And The Reassurance You've Been Looking For by Sara DimermanAm I A Normal Parent?: Expert Advice, Parenting Tips, And The Reassurance You've Been Looking For by Sara Dimerman

Am I A Normal Parent?: Expert Advice, Parenting Tips, And The Reassurance You've Been Looking For

bySara DimermanForeword byNanny Deb Carroll

Paperback | June 24, 2008

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Your guide to the stresses, fears, and anxieties NORMAL to parenting.

Am I a Normal Parent?
features a powerful self-assessment quiz that will quickly help you understand what is wrong (and right) in your parenting style. Just by answering 50 easy-to-complete, highly revealing questions, you will know if what you are thinking, doing, and feeling as a parent is normal...or not. And what can be done about it.

Children, while often angelic and sweet, can be challenging as well. You can feel overwhelmed by your children’s behavior, and ask yourself:

■ Are my responses and actions correct?
■ Do other parents feel unsure of how to handle certain situations with their children as well?
■ Is it normal to be so uncertain that what I am doing is correct?

This book addresses your needs and concerns as a parent. Created by parenting expert Sara Dimerman, Am I A Normal Parent? reveals the behaviors, questions, and problems that you face on a daily basis and addresses the insecurities and fears common to parents world-wide.

Every parent faces questions and uncertainties when it comes to raising children. There are no absolutes, and in the face of the profound responsibility of being a parent in this day and age, it can be very stressful to have self-doubt.
Rest assured: you are not alone. All parents question their actions and often feel insecure about their choices. In addition, there are numerous questions that parents are often afraid to ask:

■ “Is it okay to get angry when my toddler doesn’t listen? “
■ “Is it okay to get jealous when my child monopolizes my spouse’s time?”
■ “Is it normal to wonder if I am being judged by my peers?”
■ “Who defines normal, anyway?”

Am I a Normal Parent? tackles such questions head on. By addressing common concerns, Sara Dimerman encourages you to rethink interpretations of societal norms in a positive and constructive way.

Am I a Normal Parent? encourages you in a warm and friendly manner to work harder to define yourself, and lead by example so that parenting, while still a challenge, is reflective of your own values.

Recommended reading for parents everywhere.
SARA DIMERMAN, Dip.C.S., C. Psych. Assoc., is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in Canada. She established the Parent Education Resource Centre to provide counseling services to children, couples and families.An established expert on parenting, Sara is regularly featured in newspapers, magazines, radio, and televi...
Title:Am I A Normal Parent?: Expert Advice, Parenting Tips, And The Reassurance You've Been Looking ForFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.78 × 5.67 × 0.6 inPublished:June 24, 2008Publisher:Hatherleigh PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1578262763

ISBN - 13:9781578262762

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended I bought Sara's book and finished it in only a few short days I think she has done an amazing job! I really enjoyed everything about it. Even though I am not a parent I think there is content there for really everyone to relate to at some level. It is also obvious from reading that book that Sara's such a proud parent and the incorporation of her children's lessons to herself really made it such a wonderful read. Everyone should know how enjoyable this book was I'm passing it on to my friend who is a mother of a 3 year old.
Date published: 2008-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartfelt, brilliant and totally insightful!!! "Am I A Normal Parent?" is like therapy for the mind and soul. So many internal doubts we secretly keep to ourselves as parents - and are, truth be told, often too embarrassed to discuss with others - are identified and addressed in these pages filled with an uplifting blend of wisdom, humour and insight. The author so accurately nails the anguish of wondering about the things we somehow assumed should come naturally to us: such as how much discipline is enough, or too little; coming to terms with the honest feelings of frustration that raising children - especially teenagers - can bring and much more. The whole concept of what "normal" is, is so beautifully contemplated in this book, that by the time you finish reading it, the words on the pages have felt like hugs around every self doubt we've ever had in a parenting role. If you've ever questioned your judgement as a parent - or your inner voice as a person - you will find this book's insight invaluable. May it be the first of many "Am I Normal" topics Sara Dimerman offers!!!!
Date published: 2008-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I AM a normal parent I am a working mom and would rather choose sleep over reading a book… but once I read “Is it normal to leave my three year old alone in the car for a couple of minutes?" On the back of the book… I didn’t want to put the book down! Filled with anecdotes and examples, I realized... I AM a normal parent. :)
Date published: 2008-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book on Parenting I have two children that I always wonder if I'm parenting correctly. After reading Sara Dimerman's book, I felt more confident that I Am A Normal Parent. I loved that the author gave her opinion on how to handle different situations but that there were no right or wrong answers. Every parent has their own touch with parenting. The statistics on averages of what parents would do in a similar situation were very reassuring. Very quick and enjoyable reading. I couldn't put the book down and finished it the day I started it. A great read for any parent, it will make you feel normal even if others tell you your not!
Date published: 2008-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Informative and calming Last night, I attended the book launch for Am I a Normal Parent? Written by Sara Dimerman, Toronto-based child and family therapist, this parenting tome is full of reassuring facts, case studies and advice. I was immediately drawn to the title of the book – what mom or dad doesn’t wonder if they’re “normal?” I was also blown away by the fabulous forward by Fox TV’s “Nanny 911” Deb Carroll. Carroll writes: “Am I a Normal Parent? will encourage parents to be more honest. I’ve been waiting for a book like this to be available so that parents can read the honest truth about parenting. I’d like them to realize they are not alone when they feel it is hard work.” Amen to that, sister! Am I a Normal Parent? features serious subjects, like – “Define Normal,” “True Confessions,” and “I’ll Be There in a Minute (and Other Lies We Tell Our Children)” – written with a light-hearted touch. There’s a lot of info packed into a pretty tight package – the entire book is a sparse 163-pages but most of it is helpful and incredibly interesting. There are lots of quotes from real moms and dads from all walks of life. Take Ilana – “a 47-year-old mother of five children…she says that, ‘when my son was about 8 years old, I used to end every day in tears because of my relationship with him, and it used to make me feel like an evil mother. Every night I would vow that tomorrow I would not hit, smack, insult, or pull at him but I just couldn’t stick with it. He used to push all the wrong buttons with me.’” Wow! How’s that for honesty? Need more reassurance that you're not alone when you're having a "Calgon, take me away..." moment? You can find more interesting results from Dimerman’s survey. For instance: “17% of respondents said, at one or time or another, they regretted becoming a parent.” Of course, there are a lot of positive solutions in the book as well. I enjoyed the story about Lynn Lott -- a grandmother and parent educator -- who decided that "it was incredibly disrespectful and insulting to assume that children were mindless objects and that we had the right to manage them [by spanking as punishment]." Dimerman uses statistics, survey results, reassuring advice, and case studies to put parents with kids at all stages at ease. The author doesn’t excuse the abuse or mistreatment of children but she realizes and acknowledges that parenting is a tough job. You can buy the book at Chapters and via Dimerman’s web site.
Date published: 2008-07-18