An oldie, but a goodie, the only reason I didn't finish this is because I ran out of time, and after the first section where they lay out their findinAn oldie, but a goodie, the only reason I didn't finish this is because I ran out of time, and after the first section where they lay out their findings, the rest is highly technical. I did read through their descriptions of common behaviors and activities at various stages between age 1 and 6, and found it tracked pretty well with my only kids (and almost 1 1/2 year old and an almost 3 1/2 year old). I thought 1 1/2 was way harder than 2 with my oldest, just as 2 1/2 was pretty chaotic, although I didn't really notice much calming at 3 and feel like it's just more of the same as we approach 3 1/2. But the specific listings of average abilities and behaviors felt awfully familiar. I think I'm going to check out some other Gesell Institute titles that are less technical and more practical....more
A great book for toddlers (or really anybody) who needs to figure out what to do when they're overwhelmed by frustration and anger. As my child approaA great book for toddlers (or really anybody) who needs to figure out what to do when they're overwhelmed by frustration and anger. As my child approaches age two, tantrums are a part of our daily life, but Verdick calmly and simply explains several different ways for young children to express their feelings in less destructive ways, including the ever popular, "use your words". The back pages slso lay out ways patrons can encourage their toddler to express their feelings in a calmer manner....more
Hands down the BEST book to read your child who's biting. Most board books about biting simply tell the child not to do which in many cases (includingHands down the BEST book to read your child who's biting. Most board books about biting simply tell the child not to do which in many cases (including my son's) just makes the child angry and more defiant.
Instead, in addition to making it clear that biting hurts and you shouldn't do it, Verdick tells toddlers about all the other wonderful things their teeth do and gives them ideas of better things to do than biting people, such as asking for a hug from a grown up, telling the person you're mad (if anger is driving the biting), biting a toy, and asking for something cold to eat or drink (if teething is the main factor). There's also a page at the end laying all of this out for parents.
When my daycare provider told me my son was biting children repeatedly, I kind of freaked out, this book not only gave my toddler strategies to calm down, but gave me some too....more
I'm so frustrated because I've heard some of the general parenting principles taught here before and agreed with them, but Rosemond spends so much timI'm so frustrated because I've heard some of the general parenting principles taught here before and agreed with them, but Rosemond spends so much time spewing hate toward those who disagree with him and packaging his advice in an overly simplistic misogynistic package that I just can't pick through it to find the good stuff (and there really is some). Instead, I'm going in search of Christian parenting books that aren't so full of self-righteous hatred and bitterness....more
If you're comforted by seeing that other parents suffer through the same struggles as you, then this is the book for you. Collected from Pembroke's TuIf you're comforted by seeing that other parents suffer through the same struggles as you, then this is the book for you. Collected from Pembroke's Tumblr is a sampler of pictures of toddlers mid-meltdown, with a quick explanation of why they're having a meltdown, something along the lines of "Because her brother sat down." or "Because I made him chicken nuggets, aka his favorite meal." A quick hilarious read....more
Researchers in language development present the findings on language development from womb to 3 years to a general audience. There's so much informatiResearchers in language development present the findings on language development from womb to 3 years to a general audience. There's so much information presented here and yet it's never dry or boring.
I picked this up because I wanted some ideas of what I could be doing with my toddler to encourage him to talk more (he clearly understands a ton more than the handful of words he'll actually say when he feels like it), but I kept reading it because I was fascinated to learn all the different skills babies acquire long before they're even ready to talk that make that achievement possible.
Golinkoff and Hirsch-Pasek break down the research at all stages of development (prenatal-3 months, 4-8 months, 9-12 months, 12-18 months, 2 chapters on 18-24 months, and 24-36 months) during the first 3 years to discuss what skills babies generally learn this period, what parents can do to encourage this development, a few fun experiments where parents can try to demonstrate these skills, and what might cause concern at this point (and just as importantly, what isn't a problem).
For the most part this is a pretty reassuring book, stressing that even before babies start talking, they're still busy learning a surprising number of skills required to make the leap to verbalizing, as well as stressing the fact that there's a wide range of ages where children learn to talk and most of the reasons children are speech delayed aren't even significant by the time they start school. As for my uninterested in speaking toddler, the book reassured me that as long as he's interested in communicating in other ways and speaks some, there's no need for concern until age 2.
As an English major in college and now a librarian, I'm definitely a fan of written and spoken language and was eager to learn about all the building blocks that go into using a spoken language to communicate. While this is written more for parents, there's enough concentration on the general building blocks of language (comparisons are made to babies learning other languages, including sign language, throughout the book) that any language enthusiast would find something to care about here....more