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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! I'm really enjoying reading this and practicing some of the activities with my foster-to-adopt daughter.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
LOVE all things from Dr. Becky Bailey. Great gift for new moms!Published 2 months ago by AZmidnightreader
Great ideas, can't wait to use them with my little ones in my room!Published 4 months ago by Kenneth KNippa
Great rituals to add into your everyday life. I am a mother of two boys; 4 year old and a 10 month old. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nicole Kolb