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How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success Hardcover – February 18, 2014


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“If only there was one single, sensible, sympathetic book that answered all your toddler questions. Well there is. And you're holding it: An easy-to-read source that explains what toddlers do, why they do it, and whether you have to jump in or not. The good news is: Often the answer is ‘not.’” (Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Kids (Without Going Nuts With Worry))

“In this wonderful book, Tovah Klein draws on her deep understanding of toddlers and their development to offer a treasure-trove of wise and practical advice. Placing a special emphasis on seeing the world through toddlers' eyes, Klein shows how we can help them meet life's challenges with confidence and enthusiasm. How Toddlers Thrive will be cherished by parents and professionals alike.” (William Crain, author of Reclaiming Childhood: Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society)

"Dr. Klein's wonderful book is a parenting milestone, unraveling the mysteries of your toddler while helping you create a clear path for his or her future happiness and success." (Harley A. Rotbart, M.D., author of No Regrets Parenting: Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Memories with Your Kids)

"Rarely does someone with so much knowledge write in a way that is so accessible and heart warming. What Tovah has created will help every parent stand on their own loving ground, assured that they are creating the foundations for their child to grow into an adult who will have a deep sense of purpose and the will to effect much needed change." (Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting, Beyond Winning and The Soul of Discipline)

"Dr. Klein has provided a critical resource for parents -- she combines state-of-the-science research with examples of and practical guidelines for everyday toddler-parent interactions. Most importantly, Dr. Klein appreciates that every toddler and parent is unique and therefore, there is no single parenting 'recipe.'" (Nim Tottenham, Ph.D., developmental neuroscientist at UCLA)

"Tovah Klein’s book is as much about parenting as it is about toddlers. Like a wise and practiced friend, she introduces us to the world of toddlers, helping us understand the wonder, worry, and bewilderment toddlers experience and the challenges and joys of parenting them. The book is filled with fabulous advice, informative anecdotes, and a point of view that teaches you to trust yourself no matter how demanding your little ones may seem to be." (Samuel J. Meisels, Executive Director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska)

“There are a lot of parenting books out there, but this one is unique--- it's told from the point of view of the child! Dr. Klein's firsthand experiences with young children provides parents an understanding of child development within the context of family dynamics. She doesn't judge parents, instead she empowers them with knowledge about the whys behind their children's behaviors.” (Rosemarie T. Truglio, PhD, SVP of Curriculum and Content for Sesame Workshop)

“Child psychologist Klein, director of the Barnard Center for Toddler Development, has a keen understanding of what makes toddlers tick. . . . Parents of the 2–5 set will find plenty of practical ideas and strategies to make the preschool years less stressful, creating what Klein describes as a relaxed and loving ‘toddlertopia.’“ (Publishers Weekly)

"How Toddlers Thrive shares Tovah Klein’s truly unique perspective—a thorough knowledge of child development research and practical experience working effectively with hundreds of toddlers and their families. She illuminates how the world looks and feels to toddlers and shares practical advice, such as helping toddlers learn the life skill of taking on challenges. It is the wisdom we need to thrive as parents!" (Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making and president of the Families and Work Institute)

About the Author

A thought-leader in the area of guiding parents and children through the tumultuous early years when the foundation for self-esteem, identity, and self-confidence is laid, Tovah P. Klein, PhD, is a child development psychologist and researcher and the Director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development in Manhattan. She has appeared on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNBC, and FOX Business, in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Parents, Slate.com, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and countless other publications as their go-to toddler expert. In addition, Dr. Klein was a developmental advisor for Sesame Street, and is on the advisory boards for Room to Grow, Rwanda Educational Assistance Project, Per Dev, Ubuntu Education Fund, and LearnNow.org. She consults nationally and internationally to programs for young children and parents. She is the mother of three boys and lives with her family in New York City. Visit her at HowToddlersThrive.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (February 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476735131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476735139
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tovah P. Klein, Ph.D. is the Director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development (Barnard Toddler Center) and a psychology professor at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a doctorate in psychology from Duke University. She was a clinical fellow at Harvard University, Boston Children's Hospital and a visiting scholar at UCLA.

Dr. Klein has been steeped in work with parents and toddlers for nearly three decades and considers the toddler-world a 'toddlertopia'. She has been referred to as the 'toddler whisperer' and finds humor an essential piece of parenthood (her own and those she works with). She conducts research on early development, including parenting challenges and work and family issues; children's play; sleep and separation; and child trauma.

She writes for and is frequently quoted in the media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Parents.com, Everydayhealth.com and Slate.com.

Dr. Klein consults worldwide to programs for young children, was a developmental advisor to Sesame Street, and is on the advisory boards of Room to Grow, Ubuntu Education Fund, Rwanda Educational Assistance Project, PerDev, and LearnNow.org. She lives in New York with her husband and three children. Visit her at www.tovahklein.com on facebook www.facebook.com/howtoddlersthrive or follow her on twitter @tovahklein

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Fiorella Jr on February 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
A great start. That what this author is asking us to create for our toddlers. But, how to you create a great start for your child?

The author, a psychologist and head of a research center and nursery school argues that you must must first understand how the brain of a toddler works so that you can help him or her thrive on her terms. This is different than the instincts of most parents, and many books, where you hope to learn how to make kids listen. And, it's different than controlling kids' 'childish' or 'self-centered' whims or shaming them into following our rules.

When you're thinking about some common parenting challenge, like getting 2-4 year-olds to share, you need to learn what the experts know about toddler's brains and incorporate that knowledge into what she calls your 'Parenting POV.' Then you you can re-frame the problem both in your mind and during your time with your child. You are freed to stop banging your head against a brick wall because you understand what your child is capable of.

When we, as parents understand that 2-year-olds have no capacity to share, that they can't understand that concept, then we can stop being embarrassed when they take things from other kids. We can stop stressing and sounding like a broken record. The author gives us some strategies to re-frame the situation (have two or more of certain loved toys available for play dates. Use language like "I see that you are playing with that truck. It looks like XXX (another child) wants to play too. When you are finished, she can play."

This is not a one size fits all book. You gotta think about your background and what you bring to your relationship with your child. But you get piles of smart advice that helps you slow down, relax, re-frame and give (what this expert knows) is a better response to the common challenges of parenting a young child.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Caryn Talty on March 1, 2014
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I was given a review copy of this book prior to the official release date. Any parent looking for insight into ways they can better connect with their toddler will be satisfied with this book. I know I was. As a mother of 4, I've experienced my share of toddler meltdowns. Klein does a nice job weaving stories of toddlers and their parents in situations and how they may have handled them differently. She really focuses on how you can create a meaningful relationship with your child and steers clear of 'stock' advice and generalizations about toddlers. I felt like I was really getting an expert opinion. My only wish is for an audio version for listening in the car while running errands. But this is a book the average parent can dip into rather than read cover to cover. The chapters are broken up nicely by topic and don't necessarily need to be read in order, however I do think the first three chapters should be read in order.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L Nixon on September 24, 2014
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Thank you for this fabulous book. I could not put it down. This book has completely relaxed me as a first time Mum. My little one is now 2.5 years, I wish I had of had this book 12 months earlier. We don't battle at all anymore over things like brushing teeth. Everything is much more relaxed, fun & enjoyable. I didn't realize how highly strung I was until learning new ways from your book. My little one & I are cuddling more, having way more fun & bonding time together now. We are much better friends now. Awesome book. I cannot recommend it enough. It would make an awesome gift as well to parents of little ones. Thanks again from a Mum in Australia.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Happy Customer on April 22, 2014
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During my last year of college I took a seminar on Toddler Development and Tovah was my professor. I learned from her more than I could have ever wished for; the knowledge and experience she has with young children is immeasurable and invaluable. As an educator and mentor she always encouraged all of us - the students in her class - to explore and understand in depth toddler development from all perspectives: emotional, social, and cognitive. I was also fortunate enough to see Tovah in action as she provided support and guidance to dozens of families at the college’s Toddler Center throughout the year, and to think that she has been doing it for so many years now is truly inspiring. This book reflects so simply and so beautifully her mastery of everything toddler. I am certainly keeping it close by these days while parenting my own toddler. Thank you for writing it, Tovah, and congratulations for this incredible achievement! OC
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Teri T on June 5, 2014
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This book does several things well. Unlike many child-rearing books, this book asks you to reflect on your own experiences and expectations. That helps you clear your mind and focus on what your child is really experiencing and doing, rather than on what you experienced and thus are projecting onto your child (ie, is he really holding back because he's shy/scared of other children, or is he observing until he understands the situation and would have joined in naturally when he was comfortable). The book gives you the child's motivation, perspective, and process - it's why they do what they do! Recommended reading if you would like to better understand your child/children.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Renee on March 14, 2014
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This is a very informative and well written book for the parents of toddlers. I enjoyed reading it and have already changed the way I interact with my little kids!
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