Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Day 2: The 12 Days Til My Birthday Giveaway

Welcome to Day 2 of my birthday giveaway! Today’s giveaway book is:

Am I a Normal Parent? Expert Advice, Parenting Tips, and the Reassurance You’ve Been Looking For
Author: Sara Dimerman
Foreword by Nanny Deb Carroll of FOX TV’s Nanny 911

Am I a Normal Parent? answers your questions:

“Is it normal to leave my three-year-old alone in the car for a couple of minutes?”
“Is it normal to like one of my children more than the others?”
“Is it normal to sometimes regret having children?”
…and many more

Am I a Normal Parent? will reassure you that you are not alone and discusses the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that you may hide for fear of being judged as “not normal.”

Featuring a foreword from Nanny Deb of Fox TV’s Nanny 911, this book is the definitive guide to identifying what’s normal for parents in the 21st century. If you’ve ever wondered how you compare to other parents, this book will help.

Sara Dimerman, Dip.C.S., C. Psych. Assoc., is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and provides counseling to children, couples and families out of the Parent Education Resource Centre, which she established almost twenty years ago in Thornhill, Ontario. Sara has written hundreds of articles for magazines and newspapers on family related issues and is an expert to the media on parenting/child related concerns. Sara is the child and family therapy expert at canadianparents.com. Her own website, helpmesara.com, offers resource information, articles and more. Sara and her family live just north of Toronto, Ontario in Canada.

To enter to win a copy of this terrific book, simply leave a comment answering the question:

What do you think is the most “abnormal” thing you do as a parent?

One winner will be randomly selected from the qualified entries received by September 16, 2009, at midnight EST. One entry per person please. Make sure you leave an email address if it’s not on your Blogger page. Winners have 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to L Harris, who wrote: "The most abnormal thing I do as a parent is to not enforce a strict bedtime."

To learn more about The 12 Days Til My Birthday Giveaway, click here.


  1. gosh what a great question! I would say is it normal for me to spoil the kids the way I do, to be friends with them more than most parents, to sometimes let them play outside when I am inside?? :)

  2. I don't panic. Blood or no blood I stay calm until after the children are tended to. Then I freak out, get the shakes and cry. I think it's my way of keeping them calm until everything is assessed and when I know they are ok, I break down!

  3. The most abnormal thing I do as a parent is to not enforce a strict bedtime.

  4. Anonymous5:45 PM

    After I try to reason with my son, if he keeps on screaming, I do let him scream a bit.


  5. atat 3 months I had her in music together. By 6 months I was taking her to zoos. And now playgroup and dance class almost @2 yrs old. I like engaging her in new things and a lot of timeS when another parent would say she is too young and don't get it, I believe she does.


    Don't underestimate your child. They are smarter than u think

  6. I never hover. I let my toddler explore the world and figure it out for herself, whether it's climbing stairs, or playing at the playground with other children... Certainly I'm watching her, but I let her fall and make mistakes.

    When she was an infant, I'd say the most abnormal thing I did was let her sleep overnight in her swing or carseat... The only places she would sleep through the night, even at 9 months old.



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