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Way back in 2008 when we first kicked around the idea of becoming parents, we did what all sensible parents-to-be do: buy a stack of discounted parenting books from a salvage store! Three years, one baby and a whole lot of reading later, it turns out that one of those random used books, Your Self-Confident Baby, ended up most closely matching the way we prefer to raise our kid (attachment parenting be damned). So naturally, when the time came to read up on toddlers, I went for this book, which e ...more
This had quite a few good suggestions and ideas. I didn't find it as illuminating or surprising as the Ginott books I've been reading, which have given me totally new ideas for interacting with kids and ways of saying and doing things. However, there are some good suggestions for ways to make things easier when dealing with toddlers, respect and validate their feelings, set things up in the home for success, and when to let go of demands and expectations. I especially like the reminders to be pa ...more
Whoa! Anyone who has a toddler needs to have this book. I find myself running to it during nap-times to make sure I am handling things in a healthy way for my little lady. It's written by a RIE approved day care center in Santa Cruz... and really offers gentle and effective ways to handle all the dramas of being a parent!