Toddler Taming
Christopher Green
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Toddler Taming

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  149 ratings  ·  29 reviews
At last here is practical advice--mixed with humor--for how to cope with those difficulties that turn your sweet baby into a holy terror, including: toilet training, tantrums and other tricks, sleep problems, fidgets, and more. Featuring special advice for working mothers and single parents, TODDLER TAMING strives to calm your fears, with advice that really works!
Published (first published January 15th 1984)
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Elizabeth Saxon
My manual that I heartily recommend to all parents. I love the way that we are constantly reassured that our children are generally as normal as they come, and how their misdemeanours are easily explained by our own actions, which are easily corrected! Presto! A manual for how to get nice children!
I was recommended it by a mum who had already used, and can vouch for its methodology. It has worked for all four of my children, so get it, relax, and enjoy your children more! :-)
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TTe first chapter includes a table of what proportion of toddlers engage in antisociable behaviour (not sleeping, tantrums, attacking siblings, hyyperactivity etc) at what ages and is great for reassuring you that your child is 100% normal and even in some ways you're ver lucky to have them (when you realise they are in the other 30% not engaging in disgusting behaviour).
It also makes you feel that whateveryou do as a parent is the best thing while at the same time giving possible solutions to c...more
Jim Kennedy
After having a baby over a year ago, my sister gave me this book, and I must admit, it is an excellent read for a new parent. It is mostly common sense (but no less important to see written down - sometimes I need to have things spelled out to me!), contains tons of practical advice, and it is very reassuring - i.e. there *are* solutions to any issues that may pop up with your toddler. He also constantly points out that children are not bad, they are just children being children, you should be e...more
Oct 22, 2008 Jim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fathers and mothers to be.
Recommended to Jim by: My mother
Wow, I'm now both dreading and keenly anticipating my own toddlers.

This book gave me a very good understanding of the techniques to deal with undesirable behaviour in toddlers. Strangely enough, its the same technique that works best in adults: ignore the bad behaviour and reward the good behaviour.

Obviously, its easier said than done, and Christopher Green is both well versed in the classical thinking, and hardened from decades of experience on the front line of paediatrics. Excellent read for...more
Allicia Coates
The author seems to assume that every parent thinks that their toddler is out to get him or is bad which I found a bit upsetting. I was just looking for advice on ways to manage toddler behaviour and insight into why toddlers behave this way. I DID find those things but found the tone of the book somewhat patronising and really hated the thought that by reading the book I was putting across the idea that i thought my toddler was being willfully nasty to me :(
General impression: a repetitive book, poorly edited, but still valuable in helping inexperienced parents put their toddler's behavior in context and realize: yes, children at this age are rather puzzling and often exasperating. Yes, they throw tantrums, go through phases of picky eating and poor sleeping, are always on the move and don't really listen to the word No, so keep calm and give it time.
The thing I found to be most helpful about this book is his repeated emphasis that toddlers are impulsive and senseless. I did not agree with the discipline chapter, in which he often stated that the child should be isolated (in his room or time out) to ride out a tantrum. I know this would be quite counter-productive for my daughter.
John Gordon
"Toddler taming" is full of good advice and humour on bringing up toddlers. The author takes a very practical approach to the issues, using plain language and without throwing blame or criticism about. Although a little dated, I enjoyed reading his perspectives and am already putting his advice into practice.
I completely lost interest in this half way through...Mr Green seems to make the same 2 points over and over again and little else besides, namely;

1-Whatever your child is doing is probably perfectly normal
2- everything will be alright in the end.

May revisit in the furture
Basically a how-to-survive-a-toddler book. I scanned this one and returned to the library. I suppose if you can understand them, you can survive them. However, I feel fortunate that my toddler so far is pertty good. Maybe with round two I'll really need to read this book.

Dan Hardwick
I'm glad I didn't pay for this book (thank you BUPA). If the author isn't being captain obvious he's simply unhelpful. His answer to pretty much every toddler problem; ignore it- they'll grow out of it. It is easy to read...
By time this book was published my kids were past the toddler stage. From time to time I have toddlers in my life now and despite my parenting experience I sometimes find them challenging. This book sure helps.
Emma Ward
My copy is so well read, that some of the pages are loose, scribbled on, and one corner has been chewed! I have referred back to this book with every toddler, and each has left her own 'mark' on the book.
Only occasionally insightful and v Australian-centric.

One genuine gem worth recounting: "Guilt is mainly the result of other people's opinions of our choices." which applies beyond parenting.

Wonderfully helpful and insightful my own mother recommended it to me and I in turn have recommended it to friends this has to be THE parenting book for toddlers
Sian Taylor
Amazing book - the controlled crying method actually worked on my son, who refused to sleep anywhere apart form my husband's shoulder or my lap!
This book got me through the early child rearing years with the thought that I was doing pretty much okay. What moire can you ask?
Jessica Thompson
pretty great, reassuring and not nutty. Written by an Australian so I had to google a few terms. Anyone know what a dummie is?
Christine Lee
This book gave great information and stratagies when i needed to understand babies upwards when first a mother.
As a pediatrician, I have recommended this book to parents for years. Down to earth but fun.
Jul 28, 2007 Wendy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents
the best book I ever read on parenting. Made things just about bearable when my two were toddlers!
Kristinn Tan
I actually read the latest version which is much updated for modern times.
Brilliant book, great advice. One for your bookshelf if you have toddlers!
Laura Chamberlain
Great structure. Sensible, no nonsense advice.
really useful quick reference
Martin Pickard
Also a good read for team leaders!
Richard Mulholland
Good information, easy read
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