No Regrets Parenting is a book for busy parents in our busy times. Juggling family and professional lives is not a course taught in high school or college--many parents find the challenges of being all things to all people daunting. This theme is ubiquitous in today's culture--movies, theatre, books, magazine features, and human interest news stories all find the challenge of raising children to be prime fodder for audiences. How to do it all? How to stay sane while trying to do it all?
No Regrets Parenting teaches parents how to experience the joy and depth of the parenting experience amidst the chaos and choreography of daily routines. Car pool, bath time, soccer practice, homework, dinner hour, and sleepovers all become more than just obligations and hurdles to overcome to get through the day. They are opportunities for intimate and meaningful time--quality time--with young kids. It's not how much time you have with your kids, but how you spend that time that matters in the life and legacy of a young family. No Regrets Parenting readjusts parents' perspectives and priorities, helping them find the time to do it all and feel good about your kids' childhood.
There is a simple, single truth for every parent. Your kids need you to be there. They need to see who you are and how you live your life. And, in return, they will help you to see who you are and how you should be living your life. For all of that to happen, parents need time with their kids. Memorable and meaningful time. No Regrets Parenting is about time. Finding enough of it and making the most of it.
In quick hits, small bites, and short lists of essential, commonsense and occasionally creative advice, pediatrician Rotbart answers a parent's three most commonly asked questions: what do my kids need from me? what must I do to be a good parent? how can I avoid feeling guilty for not doing everything? His aim is to help parents maximize and optimize time spent with their kids and realize that there is ample opportunity for active and passive positive interaction every day, from crib through college. This is a busy parent's time management guide, demonstrating how to find balance, turn "minutes into moments," develop reliable parental intuition, and transform everyday routines into special times, without neglecting personal and professional responsibilities. Part one has instructions for providing the "Eight Essentials" of security, stability, consistency, emotional support, love, education, positive role models, and structure; dispelling the disastrous, desperate "3Ds" distraction, distortion, and deception; and developing mindfulness techniques. Part two provides 60 specific strategies covering all aspects of child-rearing from sleep, school, and nutrition to entertainment, outdoor activities, communication, and spirit and soul. A wonderful epilogue about sending kids off to college congratulates parents for their good work. Time passes all too fast, and when the kids do leave home, readers who followed Rotbart's blueprint will greet their children's departure with satisfaction of a job well done and the acknowledgment thereof.