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New Toddler Taming: A Parents' Guide to the First Four Years [Paperback]

Dr. Christopher Green , Roger Roberts
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14 Jun 2001
Many parents wonder how their sweet baby which gurgled happily at them for the first 12 months changes so suddenly into a bellowing, tantrum prone, carpet biting toddler. What went wrong? Whose fault is it? What can be done about it? With humour and common sense, Dr Green answers these questions and many others like them. He qualms fears of "abnormal" bad behaviour, points out the strains of bringing children up and offers practical advice on all fronts from discipline to sleeping problems, tantrums to toilet training.

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion, London; Revised and Expanded Edition edition (14 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091875285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091875282
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 15.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Christopher Green is one of Britain's best-known parenting authors. For more than 25 years he has helped parents with his advice on babies, toddlers and young children. His humorous, common sense approach has preserved the sanity of many mums and dads. A paediatrician and honorary consultant to the Children's Hospital, Sydney, Dr Green's legendary sleep technique is now used worldwide. His bestselling books include New Toddler Taming and Beyond Toddlerdom.

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"Dr Green is nothing short of a genius...Toddlerdom is a minefield, but his common sense and unfailing good humour guided my family through unscathed - well, relatively" (Independent)

"I would highly recommend Toddler Taming, which gives a lot of insight into why children behave and react as they do. It certainly saved my sanity" (The Times)

"The eminently readable Dr Christopher Green, whose best-selling Toddler Taming has saved the sanity of countless parents" (Evening Standard)

"His commonsense attitude is credited with saving the sanity of parents around the world" (Express) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The new edition of the UK's bestselling guide for all parents of toddlers --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I appreaciate the upbeat tone of this book. I admit that I get confused and overwhelmed sometimes with all the psycho-babble out there. After all, no one author has all the answers that work on every child all of the time. I found comfort in this easy read book knowing for sure that I am not the only parent that faces daily challeges from the kids that can simply drive me crazy. "Toddler Taming has helped me feel less guilty and more competent raising my 3 young children, all under the age of 6. I have learned that there are indeed alternatives to the automatic parenting reactions of yelling, nagging, bribing, threatening and criticizing (that really aren't working anyway)...but they often require a deep breath, thought and a good bit of practice.
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113 of 119 people found the following review helpful
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As a first-time mum whose 18 month old has just started pushing other children over for no particular reason, flinging hard objects across the room and bashing his head on the floor when he can't have something he wants I found it deeply re-assuring to hear that such behaviour is normal! Dr Green stresses that toddlers do not behave like adults and once we accept this we save ourselves an awful lot of needless stress, worrying and argument. As well as reassurance he offers very practical advice on how to deal with tantrums, sleep problems, feeding, potty training etc. His style is easy and humourous and a big plus is that he never dictates just gets alongside you and suggests. A must-buy for every parent whose angelic baby has become a rampaging toddler!
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved my sanity !!! 4 Jan 2002
By A Customer
This book is an enormous help when you are faced with a beligerant toddler. It gives practical, sensible suggestions and helps you to realise that your child is:
a) normal
b) going to pss through this difficult patch and
c)is not the devil reincarnated !!
It gives practical advice and even answers your 'that won't work because....' fears. It rescued us from a particularly difficult time with our second child and resumed a reasonable level of harmony to our household.
Well worth the money.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
You know how people say "shame children don't come with an instruction manual..." well this is the next best thing.
I don't often read a factual book from cover to cover but I have this one. It was an enjoyable read and so true to life covering situations that, as the mother of a 2 year old, I am encountering on a daily basis.
If you are a stressed out parent, buy this book. I promise it will make your life just that wee bit easier
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
By JoAnne
I don't have time to read self-help books cover to cover, but from time to time even the best mom and dad with a toddler can use a friendly reference guide to help restore their sanity. This book offers clearly organized information on a variety of parental concerns with compasion, experience, and humor. TODDLER TAMING has given me the support I needed for the past year with my curently 2-year-old spirited "angel". Additionally, I found a new book of the same easy, friendly style, written exclusively for the preschool years (ages 2 through 5). THE POCKET PARENT is literally a pocket-sized A-Z guide, addressing 40 common concerns. It's so convenient to quickly look up a troublesome behavior...Anger, Bad Words, Bedtime, Biting, "Gimmes", Hitting, Interrupting, Listening, Lying, Mealtime, Potty Training, Tantrums, Time-Outs and more. I keep both of these books handy--ready to give me some strategies to try... along with a much needed "verbal hug" when I'm just about at my wits' end with the kids. Neither book is preachy nor condescending. The authors include humorous anecdotes that truly hit home from beginning to end. I highly recommend both helpful reference books for the early years.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Saver! 10 July 2007
Our little bundle of joy was crying, screaming and kicking all day long. We thought he just wasn't normal, that we had done something wrong and bought this book to see if it could help. IT DID! It teaches you to put yourself in tiny toddler shoes and see life through their eyes. After understanding their mind your life will get a lot easier than it was. This book is a must have!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference, but not gospel! 25 Jun 2004
By A Customer
There is so much commonsense in here. If I wasn't so exhausted I probably could have thought it out for myself, but i was tired, anxious and feeling like a failing mother.
This book goes a little into the psychology of a toddler, looks at studies that have taken place with toddlers, aswell as giving ideas on what to do in tantrum situations, and with nasty habits that our toddlers can pick up.
As with any book, it is up to the reader to decide what you want to use and what you don't. And as with any book on childcare there are bound to be parts you don't agree with, and i think some people will read more into sections than is appropriate, but that is always going to be danger with the written word when you cannot physically ask the author.
If you're a parent who's happy to let your child go through the various nasty habits toddlers have without doing anything, even gaining an awareness of the why's and wherefor's, this book is not for you. But if you are a concerned parent, who would like to raise a happy child that people enjoy spending time with, in a happy home, then this book is atleast worth a read
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5.0 out of 5 stars It has a very relaxed feel to it and feels more like advice and less...
LOVING this book. It has a very relaxed feel to it and feels more like advice and less like instructions unlike some other books of this genre. Glad I went for it.
Published 10 days ago by Louise McNeill
1.0 out of 5 stars Dated
Dated! This book suggested you tie rope to your child's door to Provent them getting in and out. A bit random!
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Published 1 month ago by Brendan Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book since the bible came with pictures.
Bought this book years ago and now on my third child! Full of practical advice on how to live in harmony with your kids and actually enjoy being a parent instead of seeing it as an... Read more
Published 1 month ago by whit?
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book.
This book is great. It's easy to digest & put into action. It has helped with our 3 year old.
Published 2 months ago by Nichola Lilley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide for parents
I like a book that gives me some quick tips on how to deal with troublesome toddler behaviour, that is jargon-free and uncomplicated. This fits the bill! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shona B
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun way to help worried new parents.
We used this years ago when we had our two boys, and seeing it still available, bought a copy for friends when their new child was born. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Scampo
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Great information ! Love that it is very comprehensive and it covers all aspects regarding toddlers! It has already been immensely helpful!
Published 4 months ago by shahpar,shahpar
4.0 out of 5 stars Down to earth common sense parenting
This is a great reference book for parents and the author doesn't take himself too seriously like many! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andrea Browne
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for first time parent's
This book is a must have for any first time parent. The advice even though some of it common sense is so well explained and best of all it actually works!!!! Great book.
Published 6 months ago by Heidi Christina Carey-Jones
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