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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Reprint edition (August 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140278953X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402789533
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Berman (aka Dr. Jenn), a Los Angeles psychotherapist and author (The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy, Confident Kids), focuses on development in the first three years of life. The mother of toddler twin girls, Berman quickly points out that her purpose is not to create an "uberbaby." In fact, the author flatly rejects such approaches as Baby Einstein, flash cards, and "infantainment." Instead, she guides parents though 12 crucial steps that help children grow intellectually and emotionally, devoting well-researched chapters to communication, responding to cues, creating predictability, the importance of touch, language development, sign language, foreign language, reading, play, the hazards of screen time, living green, and food and nutrition. Berman threads the work of respected parenting experts and scientific evidence throughout her text, shoring up her message that the first three years are vital for forming attachments, developing a sense of self, and learning to trust. In each chapter, she explains both why and how; for instance, play helps kids problem solve, and, among other benefits, aids in social development and impulse control; she follows up with creative toy and play ideas. The author doesnÖt just talk the talk; in her chapter on language, she notes that her own toddlers have learned Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. BermanÖs absorbing new book will help parents give their youngsters a nurturing head start and a firm foundation for growth and learning.
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About the Author

Dr. Jenn Berman, a marriage, family and child therapist in private practice has appeared on Oprah!, The Tyra Banks Show, Fox News and hundreds of other television shows. Her award-winning "Dr. Jenn" parenting column has been published for over eight years by Los Angeles Family magazine and four other magazines. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. For more information go to www.doctorjenn.com.

More About the Author

Dr. Jenn Berman is a Marriage, Family, Child Therapist in Los Angeles. She has appeared as a psychological expert on hundreds of television shows. She hosts a daily call-in advice show called "The Love and Sex Show with Dr. Jenn" on Sirius/XM. She is the author of two LA Times best selling parenting books. Her "Dr. Jenn" parenting column is printed in five magazines and she is on the Board of Advisors for Parents Magazine. Dr. Jenn has an eco-friendly clothing line for adults and children www.ShopRetailTherapy.net. Dr. Jenn lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.

Customer Reviews

To that end, I was really happy to get to read this book.
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Responding to Cues My feedback: I love the 10 points that prevents parents from responding to their child's cues and couldn't agree more (guilty too!).
I'm a full-time mummy
Dr. Jenn has written an easy to read book with SUCH great tips for raising your child!
Sancia

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70 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Rosario on May 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Just finished reading this book and although she has some great ideas, I'd like to issue a word of caution to new parents who are reading this book as a manual for how to parent their first child. I have two children, one who is six and one who is six months. With the now-six-year-old I didn't read any parenting books, but just followed the advice given to me by many...read, read, read, and then read some more to your child. My daughter and I literally read hundereds of books together...and we're still reading! While I'm sure that this would meet with Dr. Berman's approval, I know that some of the other practices we follow would not. She advocates buying organic food, green-friendly, non-motorized toys, and banning ALL TV, even DVD's, for at least the first three years (even playing in the background is not OK). We buy regular food from the supermarket, my daughter's toys were of the Fischer-Price/Playskool assortment, and many of them had bells and whistles. Plus she loved watching Dora, Backyardigans, and so on. And yet she does not seem any worse for the wear as a result of my "bad parenting". In fact she is very social, imaginative, and loves to learn. She doesn't have ADD or ADHD. And she tested borderline-gifted in her kindergarten class (although the gifted program for our district doesn't officially start until 2nd grade). I do think this book has some great ideas, but had I read it when I was pregnant with #1 I might have been overwhelmed by EVERYTHING that I needed to do to be a great parent to my daughter. Take heart new parents....you don't have to be perfect to raise an amazing child. Read this book definitely, but know that even if you only put into practice half of what is preached, you're still giving your babies a great start. And read, read, read, to your children...it's absolutely the best thing you can do.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Walker on August 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book really delivers on the subtitle that promises to give your child a "head start." I feel like reading this has given me a head start as a parent of an infant (I wish I had read it with my first child!). It is really well researched, fun to read, informative and helpful. I love the illustrations of baby massage and baby sign language! It has lots of great tips. Who knew that using a doormat could reduce lead dust in the house by 50%? I had no idea that reading three books a week could increase my child's vocabulary by 15-40%.

Now that I know that, I am reading to all my kids a lot more so I really appreciated her recommended book list in the reading chapter. I have been so tired of reading the same books and she got me discovering a bunch of new ones I never even heard of. Her list is really comprehensive and divided by topics (cloth books, ABC, potty training, big bed, animals, starting preschool, etc.).

In the main chapters, Dr. Berman covers twelve different topics:
Respectful Communication
Responding to Cues
Creating Security and Predictability
Touch
Language Development
Baby Sign Language
Foreign Languages
Reading
Play
TV
Toxic Chemicals
Feeding and Nutrition

In the additional chapters she also covers:
Child Care
Preschool
Baby Schedules
SIDS
Resources

She also includes all these "From the Experts" boxes from some of my favorite books and experts like: Dr. Karp, Dr. Sears, Positive Discipline, Love & Logic, Super Baby Foods, Signing Time, and Sleepy Planet. I am so glad I got this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By mbdoctor on December 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm an early childhood educator, and I've read many books on parenting and child development. "Superbaby" introduces a fresh, positive approach to parenting that is based on solid research and best practices. Dr Berman provides a model for parenting that is based on a child-centered approach that encourages parents to develop a healthy relationship with their child. She details specific strategies for supporting early learning in a fun and developmentally-appropriate way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hanna on September 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Only "flaw" with the book is the title. They may lose a lot of readers because of it as it does not encapsulate what the book is really about. The first chapter I chose to read was about schedules. Dr Berman just made it so much easier to understand exactly what is meant by a schedule! We incorporated it immediately (that same afternoon) and within 2 days my 8 month old was finally sleeping through the night. He used to still wake up 4-5 times prior to the new schedule. Second chapter I read was on communication. At 8 months it is still hard to see how this will work but I have to say that it is completely different from how I used to communicate with my child. And whilst reading the chapter I instinctively knew that her way was going to be the right way. I'm halfway through the book and have loved every chapter. This is going to be my chosen gift for all new mommies!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deanna on October 31, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I think this book is fabulous and presents some really great ideas for new parents who want to go beyond just offering normal care for their child. As with any baby book, authors will have strong opinions and it's up to you to decide what is important to you, but I don't think this is a negative feature of the book. Sure, most of us won't be able to learn a new language or buy everything organic, but it's great to hear such ideas and incorporate what we can into our baby's lives. I appreciated the samples given for talking to your child and the list of educational books. I have read and re-read this book many times and my daughter is only a month old. Highly recommended!
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