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Dear Parent: Caring for Infants With Respect (2nd Edition) Paperback – February 25, 2015
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She recommends simple, profound gestures that you can use from day one to show your infant that her feelings and preferences are important to you. They include telling your baby what you are going to do before you do it [ie. "Mommy's going to pick you up now"] and other basic ways to connect with your baby as a separate being rather than an object.
I've read Dr. Sears, Burton White, Penelope Leach, and others. There's useful nuts-and-bolts stuff with those other authors, but Magda Gerber's "Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect" is a must-have addition to your parenting library.
This book takes a couple of hours to read and will make a huge improvement in my approach to parenting.
Having been raised in a home that had measures of super-strictness tempered with some respect, I can say that Magda addresses all the things I wished for as a child: someone to let me know I was worth paying attention to, a lot of "permission" to do things for myself when *I* felt ready, and lots of compassion.
Ms. Gerber most definitely asks the reader to consider treating those newest among us with the same care and dignity that we treat our friends--BUT she does NOT advocate letting the little ones run roughshod over us. Instead, she reminds the adults to *be* the adult and care for their own needs as well as those of the children...and wonder of wonders she advocates a way that LOWERS the stress of all involved! Cheer, cheer!
This is a wonderful book to have in your "toolkit" of child-caring techniques, and I find that the chapters are short and easy to refresh me in my goals during a few minutes read. I would recommend it for almost everyone...but not for those who believe children are at heart evil little wretches filled with "original sin" that we must beat out of them. This book won't fit that philosophy.
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I really enjoyed this book and found it extremely helpful when using the RIE approach with infants. I run a licensed Family Home Daycare and regularly use the principles I found in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Knicky
Excellent book. as with everything, i have to take it with a tiny grain of salt though... for example Gerber is against swaddling, I guess because she thinks babies need to move... Read morePublished 5 months ago by jcp
RIE books have been extremely helpful for my husband and I. We were raised very differently, so while Magda Gerber's advice was common sense to me, it was a novel concept for my... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ellie
I'm so glad this book was recommended to me. It is a must read for parents. A lot of it is common sense.Published 20 months ago by Interested Reader
Magda Gerber is credited with bringing the REI method to the United States and this to the point, powerful and eloquent book lays out why all children should be treated with... Read morePublished 21 months ago by JRsurfs
When I first read this book I would have given 4/5 stars. It wasn't until after I had my new baby that I really began to appreciate what a wonderful resource this is! Read morePublished on November 6, 2013 by cas
The content of this book is excellent and deserves five stars, however the formatting for the Kindle edition is absolutely terrible. Read morePublished on October 16, 2013 by Gen of North Coast Gardening