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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (November 21, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688161170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688161170
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.

Customer Reviews

It simply gives ideas on ways to engage with your kids in a fun and loving way.
lighthouse
I recommend it to all with young children, it is full of nurturing and fun activities with full explanations and rationale.
"myriad333"
I highly recommend it for any parent, care giver, or anyone who is around children.
Joseph

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Katherine on April 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
is something I hear just about every day. My six and three year old love - absolutely love - the finger plays and songs from this book. The negative, frightening themes from nursery rhymes are removed and replaced with loving positive words and images.

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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "myriad333" on August 14, 2001
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I just purchased this book after having been recommended it by a leading expert on kids with attachment/severe trauma problems. It is wonderful, easy to read and makes much sense from a clinician's and parent's perspective.
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.
Kandice J.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kristina Blankenship on January 3, 2007
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I discovered Becky Bailey at the recommendation of a day care professional. I have found her strategies, philosophies, and tools have truly changed the way I parent for the better. Her methods purport to parent without guilt which is complete foreign to the way most of my generation was raised. It heals you from within and helps your children. Best of all, you have ways of handling mistakes and aren't expected to be perfect. This book is a handy bunch of connection activities that you can use in a classroom or with your children to reconnect after a day apart, to convey your feelings, and to communicate safety. I highly recommend it as a companion to "There's Got To Be a Better Way" or any of her other books.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Shelley on February 24, 2006
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The first three chapters alone are well worth the price. Dive in with an open mind. I usual wince when authors are out to save the world (the last statement in Chapter 1 is "The healing of ourselves, of each other, of our children, and of society begins one bond at a time.") but I put that aside and really was moved by the view the author gives.

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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By lighthouse on February 16, 2008
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I purchased this book after sitting in on one of my 3yr old daughter's preschool classes. The teacher was singing the book's version of Twinkle Twinkle Little star. I found it so refreshing. "Twinkle, twinkle little star. What a wonderful child you are. With bright eyes and nice round cheeks. Talented person from head to feet. Etc, etc." I wanted to see more. I like this book for all of my kids (1, 2 and 3yrs old). Some of the reviews talk about how this is only for kids who have experienced trauma. Where the book advises on that, it is not the focus. All of our kids have had totally "normal" experiences in life and still respond really well to the book. Who wouldn't? It simply gives ideas on ways to engage with your kids in a fun and loving way. I am addicted to the hearty giggles these nursery rhymes bring out in my kids.
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.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 2003
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I finally found a book with positive nursey rhymes! The author has brilliantly rewritten the familiar old rhymes (which are often negative and scary) in a reframed more positive manner (i.e. three blind mice become three caring mice etc).
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.
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