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"...succeeds in its aim of providing accessible information and practical advice..." (Jnl of Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol 7(4))

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A comprehensive parent's guide to your child's psychological development from birth through age 10

Written in an engaging, practical style, Ages and Stages offers you the benefits of the most current research on child development, featuring helpful tips and techniques to foster your child's maturation. Charles Schaefer and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo tell you what behaviors you can expect as your child grows and how you can help him or her to advance to the next level of development. They include numerous examples, stories, and activities you can use immediately to positively influence your child's development.

The book's structure (divided into four stages of child development—birth to 18 months, 18 to 36 months, 36 months to age six, and six to ten years) allows you to monitor your child's progress, identify the reasons for emotional and psychological differences in siblings, and even determine how your parenting strategies should change as your child grows.

  • Covers all five areas of psychological health— emotional, cognitive, friendship/relationships, personal growth, and morality
  • Filled with easy-to-follow Do's and Don'ts, plus fun activities and exercises to encourage your child's development
  • Helps you assess if and when your child may need professional intervention
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471370878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471370871
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is great for sorting through what's normal age appropriate behavior and what's not. It helped put my mind to ease! It's grouped into four stages; 0-18 months, 18-36 months, 36 months to 3 years, and 6-10 years. Under each stage are sections on Emotional Health, Cognitive Development, Family and Peer Pressure, Personal Growth and Character Formation. It gives tips on how to encourage development in the different areas, too, which I found helpful. It has a very "positive parenting" feel to it!
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For both the newly becoming and experienced parent alike, this book is a gem for those wishing to learn what to expect of their children as they grow through developmental ages from birth to nine years. Of significant interest to those parents eager to prepare for a more all-rounded Baby-Impact developing baby, rather than simply a feed-and-grow Gymboree or BabyGym physical-activity based development, Schaefer and DiGeronimo provide a treasure box of tips and techniques for building a child's social, emotional interpersonal and cognitive skills. Guiding the reader through each of their twenty chapters using the same five component growth behaviour indicators, clustered into divisions of four age range stages (0-18 mths, 18-36 mths, 36 mths to 6 years, and 6 years to 9 years), the component sections of each age range include emotional health, cognitive development, family and peer relationships, personal growth, and character formation.

Beginning each stage with a brief extract from a `mother's diary', the empathy of the reader is quickly enhanced, as each relates typical observations of a child's natural growth and behavioural demonstrations from a parent's perspective. Schaefer & DiGeronimo would appear to have designed this `guide book' especially for parents who are having their first baby, and are much concerned with discussing infant and child development in the context of outlining normal achievable milestones, only thereafter hinting at ways for individual milestone enhancement and/or interventions with regards the same normative behaviours. For example, tantrums are excellently discussed, explained (and yes, baby tantrums are quite `normal' too !), with practical tips provided for coping/dealing with them, as and when they occur.
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As a new parent, I have found this book helpful - especially since I haven't spent a lot of time around other children. It provides great suggestions on optimizing your child's development & helps parents have a sense of what is normal and what to expect during different phases. I like how it is written in a somewhat "text-book like" style and not anecdotally like many parenting books.
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Okay, if you are completely clueless about kids, this would be a good entry level book to read. But, most of the advice is on the obvious side... for instance, this is some advice in the examples for 6-9 year olds. "Put safety first. If your child wants to do something that you believe he does not have the good judgment to do safely, don't hesitate to say no. First-graders, for example, rarely have the ability to cross busy streets safely by themselves." Uh-huh. And don't let your 5 year old juggle knives either, they might not be able to do it safely.
There is a lot of advice along these lines in this book. Also, you are told to hug your child whenever they want to be hugged, give them lots of reassurance that you love them, and other lines like that. Well, no kidding! There is some good info here if you can deal with being talked to like a completely clueless parent. For that, I give it 2 stars. I was hoping for more info on what to expect during each stage, in terms of social and physical and emotional development. Instead of buying this, look at Babycenter articles online instead! Cheaper and much more good information. This one has been sitting on my shelf pretty much since I started reading it and had to stop in disgust. For parenting advice, my favorite is "Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline" by Becky Bailey. I loved that one during my older daughters terrible 3 phase; good reminders to calm down and look at motivation and stage of emotional development. But for the Ages and Stages - I wouldn't bother unless you need really basic reminders mixed in with some bits of decent info.
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I love how this book is very easy to read, yet full of valuable information about the development of your child. It cuts out the fluff of many child development books, as well as the techno-jargon of others. I just want to know (in laymen's terms) what my child is experiencing and how I can best support and guide her. This is probably not the only child development book you should have on your shelf, but definitely one you shouldn't leave out.
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Every parent, at some point in time, stops for a second and asks themselves these simple questions -

"Is my kid just totally screwed up and psycho?"
"How did I manage to to totally fail at child-rearing?"
"Why does he/she do this/that? Is he/she an alien?"

Well, the fact is you did not screw up your kid and, no, they are not aliens. They are children and, if they do not have some kind of physical, mental or developmental deficit or delay, then they go through very well-defined and research developmental stages as they grow up. Just like when the pediatrician asks you, "Is he/she tracking your eye movements? Is he/she sitting up? When did he/she start walking?" etc, etc, your child, from birth to teenage years, will go through developmental and psychological stages each with their own unique characteristics. Researchers have been studying these stages for decades and have well-defined markers and milestones as well as warning signs to look for in kids. The problem is, for the most part, all of this information is locked-up in peer-reviewed scientific journals and written in an impenetrable professional jargon that the general population of parents is just not well-versed and educated in.

"Ages & Stages" is a great book as it not only seeks to help parents understand the developmental stages that all "normal" children go through but it is also written in non-technical language and utilizes an easy-to-understand format. This book helped us to not only understand our typical, middle-child 6 year old better but also gave us insights into our oldest child who has been diagnosed with dyslexia and some mild developmental delays.
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