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The Preschool Years: Family Strategies That Work from Experts and Parents [Paperback]

Ellen Galinsky , Judy David
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Jan 1988
If you're a parent, you may have already discovered the dearth of literature on a very important period in your child's life: ages two to five, known as the preschool years. The first book of its kind, The Preschool Years brings together in a single, superbly organized volume the advice of parents, and the latest thinking of experts, on one hundred issues that arise during this crucial time.

Ellen Galinsky and Judy David have collected an impressive wealth of knowledge from such experts as T. Berry Brazelton, Benjamin Spock, and Bruno Bettleheim, as well as insights from parents themselves, to present a range of practical solutions to everyday problems. Taking into account the very different needs of a wide range of families, The Preschool Years answers specific questions on such topics as:
-- Discipline
-- Expressing and Controlling Anger
-- Television
-- Making Good Family Rules
-- Shyness and Aggressiveness
-- Sharing
-- Moral Development
-- Friends
-- Real and Imaginary
-- Coping with Temperamental Dispositions
-- Eating and Mealtimes
-- Shopping with a Preschooler
-- Building Social Skills
-- Handling Fear
-- Choosing Child-Care Programs
-- Establishing Daily Routines
-- Encouraging Healthy Sex Roles
-- Handling Separation and Divorce
-- Holidays, Vacations, Moving
-- And much more

In its scope, depth, and comprehensiveness, The Preschool Years is a unique contribution to the field. Whether you are a parent, an educator, or a child-development expert, this is the book about preschool children that you should own.

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  • Paperback: 518 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.; Reprint edition (Jan 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345365976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345365972
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 732,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for parents of children 2-5. 17 Nov 1998
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If you can only buy one book to get you through your children's preschool-age years, this is it. This book is worth buying rather than borrowing because you'll want to refer back it to over and over. It covers discipline and child development, as well as the larger realms of family and school, in a manner that is accessible, reassuring and very informative. First-person narratives are sprinkled throughout, which makes it enjoyable to read. A very wide range of issues are discussed, in a tone that respects both the parent and child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for parents of children 2-5. 17 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you can only buy one book to get you through your children's preschool-age years, this is it. This book is worth buying rather than borrowing because you'll want to refer back it to over and over. It covers discipline and child development, as well as the larger realms of family and school, in a manner that is accessible, reassuring and very informative. First-person narratives are sprinkled throughout, which makes it enjoyable to read. A very wide range of issues are discussed, in a tone that respects both the parent and child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Among the best--you can't go wrong buying this book! 2 Jan 2005
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Format:Paperback
I've read a lot of parenting books and this is one of the best. Each topic is covered in depth from several angles:

--what is known from research on the topic

--suggested strategies and reasons for using these strategies

--variations and additional suggestions made by parents

I appreciate the nuanced, balanced, kind, sane world view as well. I have a lot of respect for what is in this book, in part based on what is NOT in it. For example, disciplinary strategies are neither the overly touchy feely stuff presented in books like "Becoming The Parent You Want To Be" or a hard authoritarian line that neglects to teach kids WHY treating others with respect and doing the right thing is important. There don't seem to be any crazy sidelines (ie. the wacky diet suggestions of the "What to Expect" series). Outdated notions of gender stereotyping are also refreshingly absent. This book is truly geared toward parents who need advice in a very neutral way, rather than assuming that mommy is running the show as so many books do.

If I could only keep one of the greater than one dozen parenting books I have, this would probably be it. I return to it again and again and find solid, workable and to-the-point advice on a host of issues.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Help for parents of preschool children 16 Aug 2007
By D. A. High - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book for my son & his wife, they liked it so much I purchased it for my daughter & her husband when they had children. It really has helpful suggestions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for an important stage of life 6 Feb 2011
By Mary Applegate - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book when it came out in 1990. At the time my daughters were two and five, and I found it so helpful at the time that I still remembered the name and author 20+ years later. I'm thinking of getting a copy for my brother and his wife, who have twin 2-year-olds on the brink of this stage of life. It's a very engaging book, with family stories and research findings woven together in every chapter.
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