Paranoid Parents Guide Review and Giveaway

The Paranoid Parents Guide has been a book I have carried around for spare reading moments lately. This book by Christie Barnes takes a practical look at parent’s fears and paranoia. She covers a myriad of our fears and then gives us reality checks and preventative tips.

I love the chapter titles:

  • Worrying: The Nation’s Hobby or Choice
  • Worry Crazy Makers
  • Worry Is Dangerous: The Science of the Fear Epidemic
  • Myths Exposed: Parents’ Top Worries Versus Children’s Real Dangers (Loved this chapter)
  • Age-Group Essentials
  • Infants
  • Toddlers
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College
  • The Recovering Worry Addict

Christie Barnes has a writing style that flows and is easy to read. I don’t find a lot of time to read books lately, but she had me interested and focused on what she had to share. She has a lot to share. Each of her chapters shares real statistics for parents on the issues and concerns we really need to think through. Her honest tales of her real life experiences really help flesh out how she views each issue and helped me see some of them in a new light. She doesn’t hedge around the fact that many of us are worrying about some issues and fears while they aren’t really things we need to focus our time on. Christie will clearly tell us why.

I was sharing some of what I learned about toddlers with friends over lunch last Friday. All of us have toddlers. There are many things we worry about like am I giving them foods with too much sugar, do need sunscreen more than shark repellent at the beach, and how can shopping carts be so dangerous. (Two of our friends have had their children try to climb out of shopping carts. Sorry I hope I don’t know have you paranoid about shopping carts. )

Paranoid Parents Guide is great read and would be wonderful to read as a playgroup or with a group of friends. I think it would open discussions about all kinds of things we fear. I bet they would have insights to share the way the ladies I ate lunch with did.

Read more about it at the Paranoid Parents Guide website.

Paranoid Parents is available on

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book to review by TLC Book Tours. All the opinions above are my own.

I can give some lucky people a copy of the book. All you have to do is leave a comment below about something you fear as a parent.

This giveaway will close September 23rd.


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  1. says

    This sounds like a great book!

    I really fear my kids will lock themselves in a car and I won’t know :( I make my husband double check the car locks when I won’t be home. They don’t even leave the house without permission but it still freaks me out.

  2. says

    Thank you so much for visiting and for the awesome comment. I would read this book in a heartbeat. I’m paranoid about losing sight of my son when we are in public places. Poor kid will have to hold my hand when he’s 18.

  3. says

    I totally need to read this book! I am so paranoid about everything related to E. Jason on the other hand is not. Maybe I should get this book, read it and give it to him so he’d know how to handle me when I freak out over things :)

  4. says

    It’s not exactly a fear, but I worry about whether I’m giving my daughter (1 yo) enough stimulation. If she’s quietly playing alone, well, I let her.

  5. says

    My daughter is 17 so I’m past the toddler paranoia. Somehow it only gets worse. When they get older all of their influences are not controlled by us, which makes it even scarier.

  6. says

    this speaks to me- I am crazy worried all the time. I am worried about ER trips, and sadly about child molesters… straight up crazy, I know! My mom instilled that one… passed down from her mom. my grandma and her sister were walking to school, got seperated and her sister was raped as a young girl. Really young. So the way we were raised it was almost like, if you walk anywhere alone or leave a door unlocked, you’ll regret it. Also my uncle died at 3 years old in a housefire from a lamp knocked over- so again that re-enforces our paraniod tendencies checking things. Add in STRONG OCD in this side of the family and we are a giant basket of crazy paranoia!!! Sorry for the novel! lol

  7. says

    I’m not a parent yet, but my sister has a 6-month old, so I was thinking of her for this book. I know since it’s her first kid, she worries a lot. Our mom passed away when we were really young, so she doesn’t have that mom-figure to go to with questions either. I think her biggest worry is that she’s doing what is best for her daughter at all times!

  8. says

    I worry about everything, but I worry that my daughter and I will grow apart when she gets older. However, if I were to win this book, I would be giving it to my sister. She is 5 months pregnant with her first child and she worries constantly. She just purchased a heart monitor with money she didn’t have to spend so she can check the babies heart beat every 30 min to make sure something is okay. I trying to find some way of helping her ease the worry.


  9. says

    I worry that I won’t hear my children in the middle of the night and they really need me. My daughter was coughing last night and I went to check on her and she was sleeping but she had thrown up everywhere in her sleep. She is only 3 and she has never done that before. I mostly worry at night when we are all getting ready for bed.

    summer.tidmore at yahoo dot com

  10. Anonymous says

    I’m afraid they’ll learn things from friends at school that they are just too little too know about! Paula

  11. says

    As a potential parent I fear if my baby will come out healthy even after doing everything the “right” way. You hear so much about all the diseases/things that can go wrong with new babies but it’s a miracle that so many do turn out healthy.
    hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

  12. says

    Hi, D. I probably worry too much. As a parent it’s our job to love, protect, nurture and teach our wee ones. I guess in general I worry about not being there sometime when she really needs me, whatever that might mean. I just want her to be safe, healthy and happy.

  13. says

    My fear right now is that my kids will grow up too fast. I am hoping that I can keep them from some of the things that I had to see growing up and that they won’t feel like they have to be grown up by the age of 10.

  14. says

    I have one headed back to college and this book sounds helpful. If I win I will read it and keep it until I am a grandmother at that point I will hand it to the parents of the grand baby.
    Chris (fluerdelyis)

  15. says

    I’m definitely a paranoid fear, and these days it seems that not having my kids in sight is my big fear. My 8-year-old has just started moving around “freely” under strict supervision, and just having him crossing the street by himself (even with me peaking out of the window) makes me very paranoid.

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