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  • Busy Toddler's Guide to Actual Parenting

  • From Their First "No" to Their First Day of School (and Everything in Between)
  • By: Susie Allison
  • Narrated by: Susie Allison
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Busy Toddler's Guide to Actual Parenting

By: Susie Allison
Narrated by: Susie Allison
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Summary

You don’t need to feel alone in parenting. You don’t need to feel like you’re failing. And you definitely don’t need another parenting book filled with theoretical advice about theoretical children. You need actual parenting help from an actual parent. It’s time to feel confident in your parenting.

Susie Allison, creator of the massive online community Busy Toddler, is a breath of fresh air. With her humor and engaging personality, she helps parents find their footing, shift their perspective on childhood, and laugh at the twists and turns of parenting we all face. (Yes, it’s okay that your child licked a shopping cart - they pretty much all do that.)

In Busy Toddler’s Guide to Actual Parenting, Susie gives the achievable advice she’s known for around the world, from daily life and #beingtwoisfine to tantrums and tattling and teaching the ABCs. The book also includes more than 50 of her famous activities that have helped thousands of parents make it to nap time - FYI, the popsicle bath is a game-changer.

Susie shares real moments raising her three kids as well as her professional knowledge from eight years as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher. Her simple and doable approach to parenting will leave you feeling so much better!

Let Susie give you the actual parenting advice you need.

©2020 Susie Allison (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Great positive ideas

I have read alot of parents books, and really like this one. I found lots of useful ideas about teaching little people. the book has a positive tone and the ideas are easy tools to try out. I've found I've had a more positive attitude to my life at home with 2 tiny people since listening.

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This was really easy to listen to. I found the book to be quiet positive and encouraging.

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Thank you! Finally a non judgemental parenting book

Finally a parenting book without guilty and judgement plus making you feel like your choices for child has scared & damaged them for life already. Already put so much of the advice in this book into place and I have happy child & I’m such a more understanding happy mother. Will recommend to all my mum friends now!

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Useful, actionable parenting.

A helpful book that lines up nicely with my own parenting style. Susie reads her own work in a fun and engaging way. She describes her own parenting and teaching history and uses real life examples both to illustrate her messages and suggest ways of adjusting your own parenting.

With really useful chapters about tantrums, conflict resolution and teaching our children soft skills Susie has carefully reminded me that having young kids is fun! Even on the days when it can be super challenging there are moments of joy or at least gratitude.

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Waaaaay too much talking

I got this book to learn something to 'actually parent' my toddler. I got zero, i repeat, zero advice for my toddler. All i heard is two hours blabbering about that its going to be okay, its just a phase, a long anecdote of how she got the term Taby, an unbelievable unhelpfull story of how great it was she had a baby at the same time as her bestie, blabablablablabla...such a shame, because she must have great info to share. Maybe rewrite it, and come straight to the point instead of all this talking about nothing...maybe she forgot how little time she had during the Actual Parenting Phase :)

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Really helpful

I really enjoyed reading this book and there were lots of things that struck a chord with me. A couple of chapters about being 2 years old and towards the end about the value of play were great. we definitely prioritise rote learning and academic skills over social and emotional competency, the latter of which can be achieved through play. I'm off to get some sensory stuff too for my toddler :)

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  • 29-11-20

Common sense and very approachable

I like the approach and straight forward nature of her tone. Kids go thru phases and times can be difficult. I love the mantra of read with them everyday, play with them everyday and have conversations with them everyday. The idea of a roaming stage between baby and toddler is very in tune to the reality and uniqueness of individual children. I recognize this phase in both of my children (now 1 and 4). I enjoyed the read and look forward to listening more to my kids, validating their feelings and helping them grow into the humans they're going to be.

Great diffusion technique to recite my own age then their age when trying to react, overcome and teach from the everyday struggles. Kids are not born with the techniques to handle the world, as parents we must understand that and be willing to teach them.

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  • Kristen Ellis Turner
  • 22-02-21

Great Parenting Book!

This book felt relatable and kind, with a bit of good information thrown in! I’ll definitely recommend it to friends!

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  • Brian M Jaros
  • 14-02-21

Detailed and Encouraging

This book was written from the perspective that, “we are all in this together.” Susie sets out realistic goals to shoot for with parenting as well as makes sure we know what’s really important to a child and difference between developing life-long skills as opposed to just basic academics. 10/10 would highly recommend. Probably going to listen to it again.

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  • Kaitlin P
  • 28-01-21

Your next nap time read

Any parent of little kids needs to read this book. It’s not a book about parenting, but a book for parents. Read it and enjoy being the parent you want to be.

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  • Landon Poch
  • 27-01-21

Love this book! Real parenting and great advice

I was skeptical about a parenting book not written by an “expert” and a social media person, but I like Busy Toddler so I wanted to give it a try. Susie has such a cool personality and the way she presents all her tips, experience, and reasons behind everything she does is refreshing, entertaining and actually full of wonderful real parenting. I actually lol a few times. My kids are 6 now and I wish I had this book when they were babies. My kids are mildly on the autism spectrum and I still found most of the book to either be true because we’ve done it or helpful because it’s something new to try. Thank you Susie!

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  • Cortney
  • 24-01-21

a must read for parents.

I love busy toddler and this is such a great collection. a great and approachable parenting guide. my new go to baby gift.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 17-02-21

guilt free info

very nice easy book to read ans not too long. I like all the shade of it and i will read it again.

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  • Sheryl Corley
  • 26-01-21

Great book!

This is such a wonderful book! I wish I could give this to all new parents! Susie gives great practical ways to parent, which is what tired parents need.

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  • Sam Pikul
  • 24-01-23

Helpful

Loved it. We already started the bins! Faint wait to try more helpful tips and tricks

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  • Julie Hildebrand
  • 19-01-23

Helpful one liners

Cute overall, some helpful one-liners and transition language. I particularly have found it helpful to state my kids ages out-loud with my age when I am getting frustrated. However, there is some very fanciful toddler reactions to the change in parent language as well.