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Moms-to-be Gwyneth Paltrow and Heidi Klum are gaga for this back-to-basics childcare guide. (US Weekly)

About the Author

Jessica Teich is a journalist and filmmaker.

Brandel France de Bravo is a poet and health educator. Both are mothers of young children and long-time students of RIE, a unique method of infant and toddler care.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312303254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312303259
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have read many books on parenting and usually come away from them feeling more overwhlemed than reassured. Trees Make the Best Mobiles is the exception. We live in a culture that seems to demand MORE-FASTER-BETTER but Jessica Teich and Brandel France de Bravo take issue with that mantra and encourage parents to slow down, listen, act with mindfulness, and throw away the mechanical dolls. The two authors - mothers themselves - offer sensible and creative suggestions that are empowering to both parent and child. I was able to use their advice to bring a bit of calm into my own hectic household and I strongly encourage every new parent-- and old one, too-- to take a look at this terrific book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By rosanne bluestien,M.D. on December 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This delightful book will reward its readers with wit, wisdom, and a reassuring clarity about the value of parenthood. The authors advocate a refreshing, child-centered approach to child rearing. Their simple, yet vital priorities are reflected in the organization of the book, itself, into brief, concise chapters, which may be browsed or read straight through. I would imagine that even the most harried and sleep-deprived of parents would find this book accessible and easy to read. The authors, who are students of Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) and parents of young children themselves, share thoughtful meditations on a diverse array of parenting topics, from temper tantrums to toilet training. Throughout, they emphasize the fundamental truth that the greatest gift parents can give to children is... themselves. The empathic attunement that a parent who is truly present and "in the moment" can provide is truly priceless to a developing child. To their credit, the authors translate this ideal into a set of pragmatic suggestions for approaching such routine tasks as a diaper change in a more relaxed, unhurried, and mindful manner. Parenting books can overwhelm readers with professional prescriptions that may seem impossible for the average mom and dad to implement on their own. This practical and wise little book serves to remind parents that they already possess the essential tools to successfully nuture and guide their children.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Finally, a book that helps parents with the concrete questions, joys and frustrations of parenting--everything from dealing with temper tantrums to how to get kids to put on clothes or participate in solving their own problems. It's never condescending nor preachy, assuming instead that both parents and children are feeling, intelligent people who can be treated as such. What a pleasure. I'm giving this book to every new parent I know--it's spiritual and practical, smart and poetic, easy to read (sometimes I just have time for a page or two, but am never disappointed) but never simplistic. I wish I'd had it earlier!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
Full of wisdom, warmth, clarity, humor, and respect. This book and one other called "The Pocket Parent" have reminded me of the many simple, common sense things that I already knew but forgot are options to do and say to my young children. I am very consciously no longer on automatic (often hysterical) parenting pilot 24/7 (yelling, nagging, obsessing, bribing, competing, rushing, criticizing and punishing). Thanks to these 2 books teaching the many communication and discipline skills that work, there is more peace and joy in our home and more happy quality time spent with our children. Our priorities are changing and we are deciding what we need to do differently to reach our short and long term goals. If you have young children, check out both of these supportive helpful books chockful of suggestions that can change your life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book reminds readers to do less, listen more, and practice "present parenting" by devoting their full attention to their child, even during what seem like mundane tasks like changing a diaper or getter them dressed. I am a mother of an eight month old and this is one of the best parenting books I have read. It is written for busy (and tired) new parents, with easily-digestible, short chapters. Not a day goes by that I don't heed the advice in the title of the book. Instead of buying an expensive new toy or leaving my baby in an exersaucer, we enjoy the simple things together like looking up at the trees or playing with a collander from my kitchen cabinet!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Happy Mom on October 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Based on the idea that you can begin a respectful, communicative, and loving relationship from day one, this insightful book offers wise advice in a light and even poetic way. If you have questions about "old wives/mothers" admonishments and mainstream assumptions about how to interact with and handle your baby-to-toddler, this book offers excellent alternative suggestions with good reasoning to back them up. Affirms the intuition and good instincts of any mindful parent.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sandra D. Peters on December 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As both a counsellor in behavioural psychology and a mother who has raised three daughters to adulthood, this will be a highly recommended book for those seeking information on parenting. This book could more aptly be called, "Simplifying Parenting and Getting Back to the Basics," for really, that is the theme of the book.
It is a natural reaction to want to give children the best of everything; however, many parents (particularly in two-parent households where both parents work outside the home) are overly caught up in a materialistic world. Baby has an ornately designed, expensive bed; toddlers with relatively short attention spans play among brand name, state-of-the-art play centres, and young children start school in designer jeans and jackets. All that is fine if one can afford it, but as a counsellor, I have seen far too many parents sit in front of my desk and say, "How do I keep up? We can't afford this stuff but, you know, the kids need to have it." Well, there is a big difference in the world between what one "wants" and what one actually "needs."
This book is an excellent example of setting priorities when it comes to effective parenting. It spells out what a child needs most in life: quality time, love and acceptance. No where does it say that designer jeans rate among the priorities. New parents, particularly, will find this book well worth reading. By getting your child off to a solid start in life, you could be saving you and your child a world of heartache and frustration (not to mention financial difficulties) down the road. It is not the young child who lives in a materialistic world; it is the parent(s), and children learn from examples. This book is highly recommended and worth far more than a five-star rating. Even those parents who truly do live a simplistic life style will have their current ideas reinforced and find plenty of new ideas to contemplate.
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