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I Love You Rituals Paperback – November 21, 2000
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About the Author
Becky A. Bailey, Ph.D., specializes in early childhood education and developmental psychology. Her lectures reach more than 20,000 people annually, and her awards include a Parents' Choice Foundation commendation for three of her parenting audiotapes. She has appeared on CNN, PBS, and The Hour of Power with Dr. Robert Schuller, among other programs. She lives in Oviedo, Florida.
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Top Customer Reviews
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe becomes:
There was a wonderful woman who lived in a shoe
She had so many children she knew exactly what to do
She fed them and hugged them and tucked them in bed
I love you, I love you is what she said.
that's just one short snip of a book chock full of ideas surrounding saying goodbye, reconnecting when picking up (after school, playdates, overnights etc). There are little rituals for birthdays, bedtimes, transitional times (think new baby).
I just can't say enough positive things about this book. When my kids are or I am in a funk and we're both being oppositional, this reconnects us. Connected people *want* to cooperate. Connected people *want* to be a part of the family. Connected people *want* to help. It just can turn things around for us in an instant.
while this was the first Becky Baily item I bought, she's since become my favorite parenting author. I found _Easy to Love, Dificult to Discipline_ a bit of a bore to read (and I can usually slog through anything), so I bought all 11 of her CD's (her lectures on CD) from beckybailey.com They've been nothing short of incredible.
oh, and I strongly disagree with the person who mentioned that 'it's too specific' and only for families who foster or adopt. I really can't imagine why it would only be for those situations. It would work for anyone: parent of bio children, adopted children, foster children....teachers and theirstudents.. ...grandparents.. ...babysitters. anyone who wants to help kids feel connected and loved.
I recommend it to all with young children, it is full of nurturing and fun activities with full explanations and rationale. Certainly a must buy for any adoptive/foster parent to increase trust, attachment, and bonding.
p.s. for what it is worth, I am a part-time pediatrician and this is a book I would recommend to families as a professional also.
I put "Noticing" (pg 31) to the test immediately, and was amazed at the reaction from my 2 year-old (a recent adoptive placement) as well as a young playmate in the park (his dad was busy chatting on his cell phone). Using her technique defintely brought a more relaxed and joyful response than "yeah, great!" and the other examples she gives of typical parent responses.
That said, I haven't made much use of the rituals. Most are beyond the needs of my toddler, and I haven't found one I was willing to try with my 11 year-old.
The re-written rhymes make this world seem like a more loving and caring place for a child. Children grow up so fast...soon enough they'll be in the "real world". Why not let the little ones enjoy a safe loving place, where everything is good, a little longer? Highly recommend to give children a sense of security and trust. Also, the game ideas are fantastic. You can't go wrong with this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book gives a detailed explanation behind the reasoning for the rituals. Then goes on to give a plethora of examples with a good deal of variety.Published 18 days ago by Matt Lingafelter
I do like the concept of this book; however I feel that it's a little simplistic and perhaps almost intended more for a particular type of parent that perhaps doesn't know how to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by carolyn
The worst book I have ever had to spend money on for a college class. Complete waste of money and time and now I can't find anyone to buy it back from me.Published 2 months ago by K
This book has revolutionized my student/teacher relationship with my toddlers as well as my mother/daughter relationship with my 5 year old. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jake Barnett
Clearly written book that will help you to actively interact with your children taking nursery rhymes to a whole new level.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a must for any parent. I bought it to play with my 1 year old but did a couple finger games with my 6 year old. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've checked this out a few times from the library and decided I needed my own copy. Recommended by a preschool teacher. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Melissa J Burke