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This may be the best parenting book to come around in years. Laura Davis and Janis Keyser take a straightforward, real, and respectful approach to parenting and children. The book gives solid information on sound child development as well as specific tips that run the gamut from getting your child to sleep to dealing with fear of Halloween to toileting (toilet training) as a metaphor for learning to disciplinary issues. Based on nine principals that deal with issues of time, optimism, struggle, anger, balancing needs, and learning as you go, this book will help you discover and work with your own parenting philosophy.
Most new parents are eager for practical advice and support from others more knowledgeable about the needs of very young children. Davis and Keyser's guide compares favorably to the American Academy of Pediatrics' similarly substantive Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age Five (1991), as it presents a warm, upbeat approach to child rearing. Davis and Keyser assume children are eager to learn, and their parents, to participate actively in their education--a philosophy that animates the nine parenting principles, which include cultivating a spirit of optimism about your children, developing a vision for your family, understanding that parents are always growing, etc., that introduce and provide a framework for the rest of the text. Davis and Keyser weave tips, techniques, and personal stories together to address children's feelings, behaviors, bodies, and relationships fluidly, readably, and confidently. Kathryn CarpenterSee all Editorial Reviews
I had Janis as a professor at a community college I attended. This is the ONE book all parents (new, established, or to be) should read. Positive, educational, wonderful. Read morePublished 7 months ago by April Allgrove
I found countless new perspectives and encouragement to improve my own parenting through this book. Helpful insights into children's development and eye opening questions about my... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Heartnsoul
I went back and bought 5 more copies. Have given it away as shower gifts. New mothers love it.Published 9 months ago by Jennie Y.
A book that every parent should read. Remove so much tension you can have in the family dynamic.Published 9 months ago by carole
I used this book to get through some of my hardest moments as a young parent and continued to read it over the last twenty years. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Maggie M.E.
I buy this book for every new mom I know. It has strategies and solutions for tough parenting situations plus research and stories to back up the techniques. Read morePublished 18 months ago by allisonstabile
This book is well written. Gets to simple, clear strategies quickly. I really learned from the authors description of acknowledgment and praise. Highly recommend this book.Published 20 months ago by Angela Rau