To be honest, I have to start this post with the fact that I didn’t finish this book and after renewing from the library five times, I’ve come to the realization that I will not be finishing this book. That is not to say that Dr. Alanna Levine’s Raising a Self-Reliant Child: A Back-to-Basics Parenting Plan from Birth to Age 6, isn’t worth a read. Its that I’ve already read a parenting book this year and between that and the random articles I read, I just didn’t need anymore advice right now.
This book is exactly as the lengthy title suggest, a basic approach to many parenting problems: sleep training, discipline, communication, etc. And the advice is good and set up in an easy to follow format for any parenting needs. I really did like the step by step instructions broken down in the middle of the chapters for easy reference. The stories with the misbehaving children and at-a-loss parents are amusing and appropriate without at any time Dr. Levine crossing a professional line.
As a pediatrician, her opinions are valid and her approach is both loving and stern which if followed I believe would help any parent raise a self-reliant child. This book would make an excellent baby shower present for a first time parent to help them when they hit the rough patches.
Read (mostly) July 2013