- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (January 31, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0449906450
- ISBN-13: 978-0449906453
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From One Child to Two: What to Expect, How to Cope, and How to Enjoy Your Growing Family Paperback – January 31, 1995
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Dunn's book is designed to ease the transition through the arrival-of-a-second-child trauma. This anxiety may be exacerbated by the current trend toward having a second child when the firstborn is older, which calls for different skills from those needed for two under two. Dunn (human development, Pennsylvania State Univ.) includes ways of preparing the family for the baby, advising on changes due to pregnancy and on organizing the household, anticipating changes in the firstborn's behavior, and discussing sibling rivalry and the special case of twins. Dunn (Separate Lives, BasicBks., 1990. reprint, 1992) pretty much debunks the idea that it's a good thing to bring an older child into the delivery room or even that birth order is extremely significant. This practical work from an expert on siblings will be very helpful in all public library parenting collections.
Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, Pa.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Clear, concise, empathetic, and knowledgeable, Dunn's how-to is indispensable for second-time parents. Dunn, whose specialty is sibling relationships, draws on longitudinal studies, interviews with parents, and her clinical practice to advise on caring for two children, preparing the firstborn for a new sibling, encouraging a happy relationship between the children, and coping with competition, conflict, and rivalry. Her down-to-earth text provides a wealth of detail on such key concerns as differences between children, providing the firstborn with private space and one-on-one time with the parents, sources of ambivalence in sibling relationships, and ways to handle feelings of displacement. A particularly positive note is sounded by Dunn's frequent counsel to parents to stay concerned with their own mental and physical well-being and health despite the stresses of the nonstop schedule and relentless demands of busy family life. Kathryn Carpenter
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For example, Ms. Dunn offers advice on discussing the upcomming birth with the first child. She writes: "Even a child under age two picks up when you are talking about the baby with other people. So it makes sense not to be secretive or mysterious about the baby. Mystery can cause worry." She then offers advice on what you might talk about with your first child.
In a second example, Ms. Dunn discusses the first weeks with a second child in the home. She writes: "Even if your firstborn's behavior is driving you to distraction, it's important to give her all the love and attention and cuddling you can spare now. That doesn't mean overindulging her or letting her break all the rules. It does mean trying to put yourself in her shoes and look at the world through her eyes." She then discusses some of the typical behavors, both good and bad, of the firstborn during the first weeks that the baby is introduced into the household.
I found this book to be a great resource, one that I expect to reference over and over as I encounter issues while raising two kids in the household. After reading through her book, I have more confidence in introducing the second child to the family and less anxiety about what might happen to the familial dynamic.