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Great info and the perfect length for a busy parent
on September 1, 2010
As the mother of 3 young children, I can't recommend this book enough! It's easy to read and filled with useful advice on how to raise a happy, well-behaved toddler. The author's anecdotes are funny and memorable without being long-winded.
Things I Love About This Book
1. Great advice on communicating: The author spends a good chunk of time on how to communicate with your toddler - talking, signing, etc. She gives specific examples of what you can do and say. Your kids can't behave well if they can't understand what you expect of them.
2. It's short and concise. Who has time to read a 300-page book on toddler discipline? This book covers the important stuff in just 7 short chapters.
3. It's well organized. The first chapter covers the author's basic approach to tackling issues. I know this sounds obvious but...READ Chapter 1 FIRST. Then you can bop around. There are handy lists and bulleted points for those of you who like to skim.
4. Humorous style - easy to read.
5. The author has what I feel is a balanced approach. Examples:
* Has advice on both positive and negative reinforcement, and when best to use them.
* She advocates learning sign language but says 5-10 words will give you the basics to communicate with a 1-year old. No need to memorize an entire dictionary of American Sign Language.
I would highly recommend this book to both new parents and "seasoned veterans". For new parents, you won't find a better book on the basics of fostering good behavior in toddlers. For experienced parents, you'll be surprised at how this book will help you do things even better.