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ToddlerCalm: A guide for calmer toddlers and happier parents [Paperback]

Sarah Ockwell-Smith
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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!

(Nell McAndrew, model and marathon runner)

Book Description

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.

From the Back Cover

ToddlerCalmTMturns mainstream parenting techniques on their head and offers a genuine alternative to raising your toddler.

Are you looking for ways to cope with your toddler without resorting to the naughty step or controlled crying? ToddlerCalmTM offers a gentle approach to parenting that will help you to enjoy your toddler, to understand the limitations of sticker charts and time out, to have the confidence to ignore the experts and to parent your own child with empathy and trust.

Sarah Ockwell-Smith shares the empowering strategies of the popular ToddlerCalmTM classes and workshops and deconstructs commonly held beliefs about toddler behaviour. Contents include:

Why toddlers are not mini-adults

The science of toddler sleep

Carrots and sticks - the problem with current popular parenting techniques

Coping with a picky eater

Communication - toddler style

Avoiding difficult situations The importance of unconditional love

Why you don't need to be permissive to parent respectfully

About the Author

Sarah Ockwell-Smith is the mother of four young children. She has a BSc in Psychology and worked for several years in Pharmaceutical Research and Development. Following the birth of her firstborn, Sarah re-trained as a Paediatric Homeopath, HypnoBirthing Antenatal Teacher and Birth and Postnatal Doula. She has also undertaken training in Baby Massage, Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. She is the founder of Babycalm (, an award-winning company offering support and classes to new parents and subsequently launched ToddlerCalm in April 2012. ToddlerCalm have 50 UK teachers as well as teachers in place in Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. They have also formed a partnership with the Active Birth Centre and run regular workshops from their London headquarters (
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