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Trees Make the Best Mobiles: Simple Ways to Raise Your Child in a Complex World Paperback – September 21, 2002
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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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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I originally got this book from the library but I bought my own copy to highlight and reread. It has a lot of practical ideas for babies through toddlers. Highly recommend!Published 13 months ago by M. Loden
Every mom should read this honest, down to earth book-it's full of great advise on how to teach some of the most invaluable lessons of life and has been a great resource for me... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Attila Gyulai
Second best book on parenting available, give it to everyone I know to read BEFORE they give birth- valuable and simple and lovely.Published on June 2, 2013 by S. Butler
This book is absolutely amazing. Most parenting books are overwhelming, over-explained, and have more references per paragraph than periods. Read morePublished on October 10, 2012 by HaileyPeden
A word of caution about this book...I read it around the time my son turned one, and implemented some of the ideas about "down time" for him, allowing him to play on his own, etc. Read morePublished on March 7, 2012 by Amazon Customer
wonderful reminders about what is really important to kids... All new moms should get this before they start building fancy nurseries and buying too much stuff for babies that only... Read morePublished on April 2, 2011 by midmom
I picked this up in a used book store on a whim and was so very pleasantly surprised to find that it was written by two RIE parents and is a great low-key introduction to the RIE... Read morePublished on October 10, 2010 by Christina Vlinder