- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus (3 Oct. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349401055
- ISBN-13: 978-0349401058
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
ToddlerCalm: A guide for calmer toddlers and happier parents Paperback – 3 Oct 2013
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I welcome this book as a sensitive antidote to the alternatives. It is not advocating permissive or authoritarian care, it is a paean to the glorious fun and joy which can result from understanding your toddler, seeing it from their point of view, and then gently nudging them towards maturity (Oliver James)
Everything you say in the book really resonates with the way we hope we will parent (Dame Sarah Storey)
I like the fact that ToddlerCalm is written in a non-judgemental way. It offers support and guidance to parents and I find myself dipping in and out of it for advice and reassurance. I can really relate to the personal stories and love the quotes throughout.
The section on Avoiding Difficult Situations got me thinking about all of the times I dreaded 'circle time' at the various parent/toddler groups I went to. If I had read this book first I wouldn't have felt the need to persevere and my toddler and I would have happily pottered at home instead of feeling we always had to be so busy!
A new, empowering guide for parents of 1-4 year olds, based on the successful ToddlerCalm parenting classes which aim to help parents confidently enjoy the first years with their child.See all Product Description
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The science on offer is broken down and explained in a way anyone can understand, but that's not to say it's "dumbed down", it isn't. It's explained clearly and succinctly so anyone can read it, understand it, absorb it and put it to use in your life. Most importantly, it makes you think! It also, again very clearly, is lay out what is normal for a toddler; it may not be societies idea of a 'good' toddler (i.e. compliant, quiet etc) but it's just normal. Reading that is incredibly reassuring and alleviates all kinds of parental stress and anxiety.
What it doesn't do it 1) claim to know your child 2) give you a list of do's and don'ts, which if you can't achieve makes you feel like a failure and 3) set up your toddler and some kind of adversary (the impression I get from many 'child experts') who's out to ruin your life.
If you have a toddler, get it. If you have a baby who's around 1, get it. Arm yourselves with knowledge, and knowledge derived from science not habit and authority.
The book's main point is to try to see the world through your toddler's eyes. They have so little control and are still struggling to grasp concepts like time. By listening and thinking about how they may be feeling, you can avoid full blown tantrums (although it explains how these are developmentally normal).
The book offers scientific background to support its theories which it needs as this goes against the grain of modern parenting. It is not patronising and is very clear that it is not recommending permissive parenting where your child can do as they please, but equally encourages the reader to let go of their need to control.
I'd recommend this to any parent struggling with their little one. For those who've followed things like 'baby led-weaning' this supports that and helps you to think about your attitude to food if your toddler becomes a fussy eater.
A supportive and eye-opening book. I'm enjoying applying the theories with my strong willed little girl who thrives on choice and being treated with respect. A must-read!
I have found this book a joy to read in the sense that it encourages the reader to look at the world from the toddler perspective. It is a big, scary world and most of what they do is trying to cope with this. This book has helped me to see this and how, often, it is my behaviour that needs adjusting and not theirs.
Just giving them a little more choice (within limits) and engaging in more creative and 'free' play where they lead has meant for more peaceful episodes.
I would definitely recommend this if you parent a toddler. Just understanding that they are not mini adults helps you to overcome the daily, hourly (!) battles.
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Teaches you to respect your toddler and to understand their tantrums. It helps u to respond in a way that really works!Published 24 days ago by Pyrrfvb
Excellent book for parents who would like to raise their children in a gentle way. Helps you to see the world from your toddlers perspective and is a refreshing method from the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by G. Hebden
This book changed my parenting style and changed my life in ways I couldnt even imagine. That may sound a bit strong, but having read so many parenting books and tried to implement... Read morePublished 6 months ago by A Sowman
I found this book to have a huge introduction which was very interesting but little solutions for a challenging toddler. Read morePublished 6 months ago by kate Thornton
Looks like a nice book to read. Have just dipped in and out so farPublished 9 months ago by Happy little shopper