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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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.
I'm a licensed mental health therapist and LOVED this book. It's easy to read (which is important when you have pregnancy and/or baby brain) and lines up with so many theories and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anna
I gave this book to my granddaughter who had here baby last fall.Published 4 months ago by Nadine A., Rwls
So far so good. I haven't completely finished the book yet but what I have read so far makes sense.Published 4 months ago by Ray A
A good solid read. This book provided lots of solid tips on important issues ranging from the importance of sign language to all important topics concerning your baby. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sassan31
Great book for helping parents find thoughtful ways to work with their children while providing a safe, healthy environment. Read morePublished 6 months ago by BoulderBean
As a developmental psychologist I was initially wary of this book. The author is a well-known celebrity "psychotherapist" with a media career. Read morePublished 8 months ago by inthemusic
Best book I have ever read in regards to parenting! I am so glad my friend told me about it!Published 9 months ago by clinton hayes