I was super excited to receive this book after reading several good reviews. I started reading it with enthusiasm and took notes along the way. About 2/3 of the way through, I realized this book just wasn't for my family. We've always spoken to our daughter like a person (from birth to almost two years old now) whereas the author recommended using repitition, short phrases in loud tones, dumbing down language. It reminds me of how we speak to pets. I also didn't like the way the author took a condescending tone with parents (like we don't understand the needs of our children). Toddlers are not cave people. My kid is sharp and tackling the tough emotions that go along with learning language and motor skills. I was hoping for a shorter read with some quick tips and this just wasn't it. Trying the RIE basic principles from M Gerber with our daughter instead which teaches respect first.