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Got the Baby Where's the Manual?: Respectful Parenting from Birth Through the Terrific Twos Paperback – March 30, 2007

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Dr. Baum's new book, Got The Baby, Where s The Manual?!? Is a valuable resource for parents seeking information about their new roles and how they can best help their children grow and learn. Dr. Baum helps the readers identify old parental behaviors they want to leave behind and offers guidance on the wonderful, but sometimes challenging transition from couple to parents. --National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds

Got The Baby Where's The Manual!?! Is a delightful, informative read for all parents-to-be and new parents. Dr. Baum presents a powerful and useable paradigm shift from shame based parenting to respectful parenting. --Jim Fay, Love and Logic Institute

Joanne Baum has written a highly readable and practical book for parents of young children. This is a book that respects both children and parents. I recommend it highly for parents who want something that can truly help them become effective and reflective in caring for their children. --John Hornstein, EdD, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Children's Hospital, Boston --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Joanne Baum, PhD, is a therapist, speaker, mediator, author, and columnist. With more than thirty years of clinical experience, Dr. Baum specializes in issues faced by couples, parents, families, and individuals. She also works as a divorce coach and child specialist in the collaborative law process for divorcing families. Dr. Baum travels throughout the country presenting parenting workshops, seminars, and speeches to professional groups, parenting groups, and community groups. She has also authored Respectful Parenting from Birth Through the Terrific Twos, the Truth About Pot: Ten Recovering Marijuana Users Share Their Personal Stories, and One Step Over the Line: A No Nonsense Guide to Recognizing and Treating Cocaine Dependency. She has a private practice in Evergreen, Colorado. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Mountainside Press; 1 edition (March 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978591402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978591403
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,240,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was refreshing and reassuring. It's time for us to not just love, but respect our children as individuals. Instead of constantly worrying about what other people think, we need to listen to our children whose needs need to be met in order to develop trust in others and confidence in their world. Please read this book. It has simple instructions on how to raise a happy baby. Happy babies turn into confident, well balanced pre-schoolers. It's worth it!
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I loved this book! I was desperately searching for help with my 2 1/2 year old....testing limits, pushing boundaries and power stuggles. I felt as if I were being "broken open."
If you want to parent from your heart with grace and compassion you must read this book. Dr. Baum is incredibly insightful, wise, and down to earth. Her suggestions have not only helped me turn the "terrible twos" into the "terrific twos" but have inspired me to approach parenting in a whole new light. Thank you Dr. Baum for this amazing gift.
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This is a great book for first time parents or if you just need a little refresher. I was particularly interested in reading about the 'Terrific Twos' since our daughter has just turned two. The author does a great job giving practical and useful advice for some of those more challenging parenting moments. Now we have our second baby on the way in just a few weeks. It will be good to go to the beginning of the book and get a little refresher course. Great read! Thanks!
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Winner of the National IPPY Gold medal for parenting books (an award created and hosted by "Independent Publisher" magazine), Got the Baby Where's the Manual?!? Respectful Parenting from Birth Through the Terrific Twos is a solid guide to braving the transition from couple to family, and looking after one's child for the first two years of life. Chapters discuss how to be kind yet set limits, raising a child with healthy self-esteem, common misperceptions and parenting myths to watch out for, and much more. Therapist, educator, and writer Dr. Joanne Baum pays specific attention to matters that may catch unwary new parents by surprise, such as the necessity of learning to sleep when a new baby sleeps or allowing the house to become a little messier than it used to be. Also discussed are the decision of whether to nurse and how to go about it, how to tell whether behavioral oddities in one's child are a worrisome enough to warrant visiting an expert, how to tackle the challenge of co-parenting, steps to take keep an unhappy situation from degenerating into divorce, steps to take if divorce is unavoidable, and much more. Got the Baby Where's the Manual?!? is written for new parents of every walk of life, including married and unmarried couples, straight and gay couples, or single parents of either gender, and is an absolute "must-read" for mothers-to-be and fathers-to-be everywhere.
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I would not recommend this book whatsoever... It is just a typical baby book like any other out there. And I would say it was quite a boring read--many other baby books I have read have more insight and were more interesting. I have met this doctor in person; have gone to two of her seminars and personally know other professionals she works with. They have told me candidly that she acts and speaks much differently than the way she appears to feel and think in this book. I question her intentions and motives. I would really look for other books before investing the money and time into this one.
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