"Common Sense Parenting of Toddlers and Preschoolers is a fresh new book about parenting that presents a balanced approach of nurturing and disciplining young children. This book describes parenting techniques in a way that is persuasive, logical, and easy to read, particularly in short chunks. It recommends specific actions that teach parents excellent, effective parenting tools. A primary advantage of this book is that it is directed specifically toward developing respectful parenting skills for young children, helping parents set reasonable expectations based upon their children's ages and developmental levels. It also addresses the ways to help children who may not be developmentally ready for the usual approach. This book also specifically explains why authoritarian, corporal discipline is harmful, which is an explanation missing from many other parenting books. The most powerful message in the book is the tremendous value of spending time with one's children. The book is a tremendous resource for mothers of small children. It teaches excellent parenting skills that will be beneficial well beyond early childhood. --Diana West (Gaithersburg, MD)From "New Beginnings", Vol.20 No.2, March-April 2003, p.62
"Collaboratively written by parenting experts Bridget A. Barnes and Steven M. York, Common Sense Parenting Of Toddlers And Preschoolers is a very practical and "parent friendly" guide to the raising young children. From setting reasonable expectations for young children; to teaching social skills and self-control; to turning daily and weekly routines into family traditions, to handling very practical issues such as toilet training, bedtime, and meals, Common Sense Parenting Of Toddlers And Preschoolers is an expertly written "how to" manual which is very highly recommended for parents and caretakers of children ages 2 through 5." --Midwest Book Review
Help has arrived for frustrated and bewildered parents of toddlers and preschoolers...Within its 277 pages, the authors explain how to set reasonable expectations for children and how to emanate all the nurturing and love to encourage emotional growth within the child. When it comes to developing parental skills that will encourage proper emotional and mental growth, this is the volume that will help. For parents to keep calm and knowledgeable, this book published by Boys Town Press is highly recommended. --MG Paregian, publisher of Directorial Magazine
About the Author
Barnes is the mother of two and stepmother of four children and has been a Common Sense Parenting trainer for 13 years. York is the father of three children and has trained parents and professionals for eight years.