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SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years Paperback – August 6, 2011
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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. Nathaniel Branden, author of The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
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Don't get me wrong, Superbaby is essentially excellent, and if nothing else, I have to give my stamp of approval any baby book that endorses the Signing Time series, but lordy, the sheer volume of to-do lists and mandates is overwhelming. Everything that Superbaby suggests that I didn't do with my first kid, I'll probably do with my second. Berman is incredibly smart and capable, and although her approach is a bit intimidating, you have to admit that she's like that friend of yours who does everything better than you. You hate her a little, but you also admire her energy.
That said, this book is so overfull of ideas and information that it's grueling to slog through. This is a book for Type-A personalities (and I must admit I probably count myself among this population) who view their children as projects as much as people. It's all facts in a hurry, and sometimes I wish she'd encourage her readers to take a breath and relax a little.
First-time moms, take what you can from this, and then remember that maternal instinct and sheer love count for a lot, even if you don't get all the details right every single second.