Emma Jenner lives, teaches, and nannies by this philosophy: if parents are in control, they can enjoy their children more. And what could be more enjoyable than well- behaved, respectful, healthy, thriving kids?
Keep Calm and Parent On effectively places parenting expert Emma Jenner on your shoulder, helping you see your child’s behavior from an objective standpoint that puts you firmly in charge. Each chapter opens with a checklist of questions to ask yourself when you run into a specific problem, whether it’s sleeping, nutrition, communication, manners, consequences, or self-esteem. Jenner then breaks down each checklist, explaining how bad behavior is really just a habit that needs to be corrected. By connecting the dots in all areas of your child’s life, you can understand why he or she is acting out—and how to fix it. For example, the best discipline techniques in the world won’t work if a child is sleep-deprived, and a child will not demonstrate good manners if communication is faulty and he doesn’t understand what’s expected of him. Each chapter also features handy sidebars, as well as instructive and memorable quizzes. A strong proponent of raising our expectations, Jenner shows how parents can do more by doing less for their children.
With an interactive format and straightforward solutions, this invaluable guide is designed to give parents bite-size takeaways they can use immediately with their children. Jenner’s blend of British and American parenting styles is more than advice; it is proof that all children are capable of behaving—and that you have the keys to unlocking their potential.
Targeted Age Group:: Parents/Caregivers of All Ages
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I grew up in England, and have studied and worked with children for seventeen years in England, Germany, and the United States. I have been a teacher, baby nurse, and sleep consultant, a personal nanny to high profile and celebrity families, and a committed volunteer and contributor to School on Wheels, which tutors homeless children. I am frequently interviewed as a childcare expert, and am a parenting columnist for Huffington Post and LA Parent Magazine. In 2010 I founded Emma’s Children, a consulting service to help educate parents. As part of Emma’s Children, I offer in-home and telephone consultations as well as classes. In 2008 I starred in TLC’s Take Home Nanny, wherein each week I helped a different family get their children and household under control.
I have a natural ability to communicate with parents and children, which allows me to bring the gift of peaceful relationships to you and your family whilst treating every child as an individual. I absolutely love children and wanted to write this book to help parents get “back to the basics” of parenting.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I use everyday examples of families and children I have personally worked with through my years as a nanny and working in the childcare industry.
“There is so much useful information in this book. By page four I started taking notes, and I didn’t stop there. I photocopied Emma’s lists and put them up on the fridge for my four children to look at. I underlined passages and shared them with other parents. If everyone read this book and taught their children her very kind and balanced approach to parenting, I think the world would be a finer place.” (Maria T. Lennon Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child)
“As parents you get inundated with conflicting information about raising kids which often makes you feel as if you’re doing everything wrong. Keep Calm and Parent On provides common sense advice that is enormously reassuring because it actually works!” (Lucy and Larry Page co-founder of Google)
“Emma Jenner provides mothers and fathers with the perfect antidote to the culture of guilt that surrounds American parenting. Every page of this book is filled with practical advice. Her wisdom about the nature of children will strengthen your trust in your own parenting instincts—and we all need that.” (Michael Thompson, PhD author of Raising Cain)
About the Author:
A British native, former professional nanny, and current American resident, Emma brings the best of British and American parenting traditions and a treasure trove of common sense, balanced, and holistic parenting tools to her new book Keep Calm and Parent On: A Guilt-Free Approach to Raising Children by Asking More from Them and Doing Less.
Raised in Oxford, England until the age of 12, Emma then moved about with her family to various parts of the world including Germany and Cyprus. She returned to England to study at Salisbury College, specializing in childcare.
Having devoted over 17 years working with parents and raising children, Emma’s personal philosophy on parenting goes beyond her schooling in England. She has an abundance of hands on childcare experience: first as a nursery school teacher, then as a professional nanny and baby nurse for a variety of high profile and celebrity families in England, Germany, and the United States, and for last 5 years as an entrepreneur and parenting expert.
In 2008, when TLC was searching for the perfect “nanny” to star in their new series Take Home Nanny, Emma’s radiantly warm, cheerful, and nurturing approach to effective and positive parenting landed her the role. “Nanny Emma” traveled across America helping families put harmony back in their homes. In each episode, she solved “the family parenting crisis” by encouraging the parents to instill good manners, maintain boundaries and discipline, and create a loving and nurturing home environment.
As an expert parenting consultant at Emma’s Children, Emma offers phone consultations, in-home observations and consultations, group seminars, Skype consultations, parenting classes, and overnight support. She is also a contributing writer for LA Parent and a featured blogger in the parenting pages of the Huffington Post. Her parenting expertise has been featured and cited in numerous online parenting blogs, websites, and resources such as Savvy Source for Parents, 2 Wired 2 Tired, Parent Reviewers and The Star Ledger. She has been a guest on countless radio programs nationwide.