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The Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvey Karp
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Jun 02, 10

bookshelves: interpersonal, parenting
Read in June, 2010

Toddlers have their own way of communicating: ME, NOW. They have their own perspective of being a little person in giants world. Mr. Karp offers a paradigm to create effective communication. A baby's brain is that of a monkey which goes through an evolutionary change into a homosapien brain at age 4. He developed a language to use for the Neanderthal babies. One of the mistakes parents make is to be dismissive of a toddler's pain / perspective. By doing some grunting and cave man talk one can mirror the child, the child feels understood which dissipates tension.

It would feel foolish to do some of the suggestions but it is a nice trick to have in the back pocket. Karp has a plethora of preventative routines to help develop a child's confident sense of self.

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