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The Happiest Toddler on the Block (2004)

Dr. Harvey Karp , Nina Montee  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dr. Harvey Karp
  • Directors: Nina Montee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: The Happiest Baby, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001ZJQ72
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,396 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"...makes raising toddlers a whole lot easier." Steven P. Shelov, M.D., Editor-in-Chief, American Academy of Pediatrics' Caring for Your Baby and Young Child "...turns the 'terrible' twos into the 'terrific' twos!" Roni Leiderman, Ph.D., Dean, Early Childhood Studies, Nova Southeastern University "This is r-e-a-l help!" Kyle Pruett, M.D., Professor, Yale University Child Study Center "Roll over Dr. Spock!" The New York Times --The Happiest Baby, Inc.

Product Description

The Happiest Toddler teaches a revolutionary new way to boost your toddler's patience and cooperation in just days! For 30 years, Dr. Karp has helped over a million parents from working moms to superstars...like Madona! Learn how to: Calm outbursts (often in seconds) using Toddler-ese! Stop 50-90% of tantrums before they happen. Build loving and respectful relationships...to last a lifetime!

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116 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful way to communicate love and respect! September 14, 2004
By Michele
Format:DVD
After reading Dr. Harvey Karp's book, "The Happiest Baby on the Block," and watching that DVD - and having great success using his methods with our newborn - I was anxious to read and watch this follow-up volume. I read the book, "The Happiest Toddler on the Block," first, which I recommend, to get the nitty-gritty on his methods and to understand the "whys" behind his methods. It takes awhile to get through the book and have it well absorbed, but it is certainly time well spent since it will save you from three or more years of headaches!

I was so impressed by the book that I decided to buy this DVD in order to see real-life examples of his methods. I was not disappointed. This DVD offers a great overview/review of the book, real-life examples with parents and toddlers, and thoroughly covers the main points (such as "Toddler-ese" and "The Fast Food Rule") as well as most of the side topics (such as "Feeding the Meter" and "Gossiping"). Again, it is time and money well spent since it will help save you from headaches and public embarrassment! And more importantly, you will begin to form a foundation of open communication and mutual trust with your child as you learn to communicate love and respect to him - in his own language - instead of resorting to more violent or forceful forms of parenting. I only wish that Amazon.com would bundle "The Happiest Toddler" book with "The Happiest Toddler" DVD, instead of bundling Dr. Karp's two books together and his two DVDs together. I agree with the other reviewers that you really should read the book, too, to get the most out of what he is teaching here. But everything by Dr. Karp is wonderful, easy-to-understand, highly effective, and trustworthy.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, but buy the book too! April 29, 2004
Format:DVD
The DVD is a great compliment to the book. It's so helpful to see Dr. Karp's techniques in action. However, if you haven't read the book, I think the DVD may leave you with many questions because it doesn't go into nearly as much detail as the book does. So my advice is to buy the book too!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Parenting Advice April 25, 2004
Format:DVD
This DVD is not only informative, it's entertaining as well. The message (using "toddlerese" to connect with your child) was consistently relayed, cohesive and universally appealing. We watched real parents dealing with VERY real kids in the kinds of situations we all experience (fighting over toys, going to bed, etc etc). Frankly, I think this DVD should be packaged with Dr. Karp's book "Happiest Toddler on the Block," as it's imperative to watch and know exactly how to use the method (and to do it without feeling as if you're "teasing" or speaking down to your child). My husband and I have both watched it and are following Dr. Karp's method. Are we happy? You bet. Our 2-year-old's tantrums have gone down at least 75% (both frequency and duration).
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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My husband and I got the book first and decided to get the dvd to make sure we were doing the techniques right. All I can say is, the toddlerese just fuels our little one's fire and makes the tantrums even worse than they were to start with. We have what Dr. Karp calls a "spirited" toddler and these methods just plain didn't work. I really wish they would - the only thing we can get to work so far with our 2 1/4 year old is to ignore the tantrum and let her calm down before trying to communicate any further with her. Also, our daughter communicates with us much above the level that Dr. Karp indicates in his book - even when she is in a rage of tantrum, maybe that's why this doesn't work for her - who knows. Best wishes to all those that do try this though. I guess it must work for some people!

UPDATE: We have found that the underlying methods in this do work with our toddler, but we had to modify how we used it. For instance, our toddler doesn't appreciate the toddlerese, but the fast food method definitely works and with a little further guidance from Dr. Karp it has made some difference in our toddler's tantrums and behavior. Definitely try different approaches with the ideas from this method in mind if you don't find it working.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best DVD of the decade. April 28, 2004
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Format:DVD
The more you watch it the more sense it makes. We have three boys ages 3, 3, and 6. As you begin to put the techniques into practice you observe the change in your child almost right away. At first it feels odd but with practice all these techniques become second nature. The gossiping works like a charm on kids almost any age. The todler-eze helps toddlers as well as older kids to come out of the impasse and save face. Feeding the meter and other delightful and simple methods all contribute to the child's well being and makes the parent/ child relationship richer and a stronger bond, for life.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am now the Happiest Parent April 28, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Excellent and refreshing way of looking at the world from how a toddler see's it and then how we as parents can effectively communicate in that toddler world. The fast food repeating technique was especially helpful. My son responded to it immediately, it's not a cure all but very helpful. Also enjoyable to watch, not boring at all which sometime these things can be.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy see and learn for busy parents December 18, 2004
Format:DVD
I am a very busy sometimes anxious parent. This DVD enabled me to get helpful information quickly and painlessly without a lot of reading that often gives me a headache. I am already getting more cooperation from my toddler after just one week of trying these techniques. I also recommend the book itself for more depth as well as a compatible quick-read paperback A-Z compendium of discipline advice for parents of 2-5 year olds called "The Pocket Parent." Keep them handy for quick referral and SANITY SAVERS on those really tough days when you are just about to lose your mind!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I read the happiest baby on the block when my baby was four ...
I read the happiest baby on the block when my baby was four months old. As a working & nursing mom I was so sleep deprived & desperate to find a solution. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Rebecca Graney
5.0 out of 5 stars It works!
It seems a little silly at first but his method works!
Published 1 month ago by YogiDude
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to digest
Easy to digest. Hard to implement. This is not a quick fix however provides good principles to validate emotions of the toddler.
Published 1 month ago by MamaBearPicks
2.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, gone very wrong.
This looks so promising until you actually try it and your toddler laughs at you. I cannot believe how amazing it is presented and how the parents really seem to succeed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by It's Not a Deal Unless It Works
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very helpful
Published 1 month ago by Mary K Hood-Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read even if it does not fix your problems
This book is a must read for anyone with a pre toddler or toddler. I am not saying it can stop tantrums etc but at least it can give you a look inside what is like to be a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by sbailey
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too convinced
We tried the methods in the video but it didn't work too well with our defiant child. He didn't really respond to the way Harvey Karp suggests to talk to your toddler - such as... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Susan Cabezas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great techniques for tantrums
Dr Karp is a life saver! With a 2 year old and a newborn we needed some help with the tantrums. And his techniques are priceless!
Published 2 months ago by AlyssaC
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Into baby-talk
Happiest Baby on the Block helped me tremendously, but I was really disappointed with Happiest Toddler. I'm sorry, but I just can't get behind baby-talking to my toddler. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars It is worth it
Loved the Happiest Baby (my baby started sleeping through the night at 6 weeks old) so watched this video to get us ready for the toddler drama. So far so good. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Melissa B
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