Monday, September 27, 2010

Review #86: The Paranoid Parents Guide by Christie Barnes


Title: The Paranoid Parents Guide:Worry Less, Parent Better, and Raise a Resilient Child
Author: Christie Barnes
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-7573-1505-3
Price/Pages: $14.95/250

My Review:

It's no surprise to anyone in my life that I would read this book. Reviewing it however was tough. I saw a lot of myself in many of the pages. I am indeed a Paranoid Parent! For some of my old followers, you may remember the accident my son had last fall. For my new followers, well, let's just say that moment changed how I parent.
I NOW worry about everything!
This book is very straight forward and to the point, full of facts, surveys and real life stories. This, as a parent, I can appreciate.
It lists the most common fears that parents have and then outlines them nice and neat by age; from Infants to College.
I have quite a few post it notes on the toddler section myself. Did you know that shopping carts are dangerous? Yes, they are. They are the leading cause of brain trauma. Holy crap!
Helpful to know. Yes. Terrifying? Yes!

One of my favorite chapters is Chapter 4; Myths expose: Parents' top Worries Versus Children's Real Dangers. This is where her research kicks in and out get some straight forward facts.
She breaks down the reality of some of the harmful things that could happen, like drugs, kidnapping and abuse.

This book is not something you sit down and read cover to cover. You read it bits at a time. It takes some processing. Did I feel immediately better after reading it? No. Did I feel more paranoid? No, not really. I felt more aware and informed. That, in any respect, is helpful in my eyes. In some areas I feel I know a bit more than I wanted but knowledge is power, I think.

Rating: 5 stars/ 6 stars
I rate this one high. As a parent of a toddler, I appreciate the straight forward, tell it like it is style. I was not shocked or put off by the title. I proudly read it in public! I am Paranoid Parent and know it! I even talked about this book in the Parenting class today. As the subtitle states, I want to raise a resilient child and I do honestly want to worry less. I think this book was a good choice for me to read and review. I recommend it to every parent out there,
especially with little ones.

Author Website and Blog:

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for asking me to participate in this tour. Please stop by the following blogs to read more about this title.

Wednesday, September 8th: Overstuffed
Thursday, September 9th: The Prissy Mommy Chronicles
Monday, September 13th: Juggling Life
Wednesday, September 15th: Suzie QTPie’s Scraps of Life
Thursday, September 17th: JDaniel4′s Mom
Monday, September 20th: From Marriage to Motherhood
Wednesday, September 22nd: Book Dads
Monday, September 27th: Red Headed Book Child
Wednesday, September 29th: Baby Dickey
Monday, October 4th: Eternal Lizdom

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Tales of Whimsy said...

Sounds like a good one :) Great review!

Marce said...

Thanks Michelle, I will get this book for sure and share it with my iVillage parenting board.

Great review.

I have a 3 year old daughter.

Almost forgot to say, Tag You're it....

LisaMM said...

Great review! And the shopping cart thing? That is a very serious. My friend works in an ER in a big city and sees a lot of kids injured from falls in shopping carts. They stand and fall out, or they reach for something and it falls over, or they are outside of it and pull it on top of themselves. I mean, you'd never think it was so dangerous but it really is. I don't know if the book mentions cheerleading or bunk beds but those are accident-ridden as well!

Thank you so much for being on the tour!