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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2002
The most fantastic child rearing book. It was recommended to me by my child's playschool leader and I refer to it at least once a week. After just a few pages, I realised that my child was not the naughtiest in the world, just a normal little boy. Christopher Green has restored peace and happiness to our family life, well for most of the time anyway.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2013
A lot of this is common sense so if you have common sense in bucket loads you probably don't need it, those lacking it may find it useful. Some reviewers say he endorses smacking, they are misquoting, he states smacking shouldn't be used but may be appropriate if toddler is about to do something extremely dangerous. Not sure about the ethics of his little rope trick ensuring the toddler won't escape from their bedroom, at the minute I don't see myself using it but if I get to the stage my child is continually reappearing downstairs at night I may be tempted, so long as something doesn't harm a child we can't knock other people's methods!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2007
This book offers invaluable advice. I always buy it for my friends instead of flowers after having their first child!!! My copy is completely dog eared from the times that I have thumbed through (for myself and when others have asked my advice!). I think the thing is with Dr Green that he helps to put these things into perspective and makes you realise that no parent is perfect, there will always be hurdles and that there is always a solution. After three children I still refer back to his advice when I come across something that is worrying me and it gives me the inspiration I need to deal with the situation, regardless of the problem.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2005
The fact that Dr. Green is both a pediatrician and a father makes him highly qualified to offer hands-on expertise on raising children.
This book simply highlights common mistakes and introduces some new ideas (many of which come from the parents of his little patients) - nothing ground-breaking or revolutionary here, just some solid, sensible advice condensed down into a single book.
I can't say I agree with Dr. Green on everything (e.g. although he doesn't advocate spanking, he seems to consider it almost inevitable) but this book is much more sensible and realistic than most others of its kind.
Easy to read, doesn't judge or preach, isn't absolute, and tackles a lot of issues (not just behavioural). All in all, a good investment.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2002
Having purchased a wide range of child rearing books, I find Dr Green's Toddler Taming to be one of the best. In times where quiet reading is not on your top 10 list of things to do this book is simple, well structured and clear in it's advice. Mostly, it is all information that is floating around in your own tired, baby obsessed brain, but here is it clearly laid out so that parents are able to comprehend and then action the advice!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2010
The book is full of great imnformation, and should be every parents' handbook.
makes you realise you are not making mistakes, things are not always your fault, and what rubbish the so-called experts say that make you feel you are an incompetent failure as a parent.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2009
Firstly, please don't be put off this book by the minority of negative reviews that focus on one or two things like "the rope trick" or sedation, taken somewhat out of context. On the latter point, remember that the author is writing as a consultant paediatrician, and note that he only discusses such techniques for very extreme cases, as a last resort, for a short period.

Don't be put off by the title either - Dr Green explicitly states that "taming is not what bringing up a toddler is all about".

Dr Green claims to be the originator of the "controlled crying" technique; some people seem to get very upset about this, whilst missing the point that the whole focus of the technique is on _not_ allowing the child to get unduly upset, whilst discouraging them from waking frequently. It is not the same thing as letting a child cry itself to sleep, which he describes as cruel and ineffective.

This book gives an excellent perspective on the full range of normal toddler behaviour (including a few tables of statistics) - often parents feel they are failures when in fact their toddler is completely normal. Dr Green therefore identifies some "non-problems" and areas where it is the parents' expectations that need to change, not the toddler.

He avoids the smug, glib attitudes common in know-it-all parenting books, and is realistic about problems that are truly very difficult or even insoluble.

Whilst he clearly states "I am firmly anti-smacking. It is a form of discipline that doesn't work", he also has a more pragmatic and less politically-correct approach to the topic than most recent parenting books, i.e. he states that the occasional smack is pretty harmless in the grand scheme of things, should not be mindlessly equated with frequent beatings, and might be justified in life-threatening sitations (e.g. child keeps removing seatbelt on the motorway).

The style of writing is clear and light-hearted, with plenty of stories and anecdotes to illustrate the main text.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2006
This book is definitely the best I have read about bringing up your children. Dr. Green's style is extremely easy to read, fun, confidence-inspiring and the book is full of anecdotes and advice from his years of experience both as a father and paediatrician. You can tell Dr. Green has seen it all. What I found particularly helpful was his advice on how to read your toddler, his analysis of how a toddler thinks and behaves at various stages, what can safely be ignored (making life easier for Mummy and Daddy) and what needs to be addressed and how. I rated this book with 4 stars, however, as occasionally Dr. Green will not give an answer after detailing a problem, saying instead that he has not found a bomb-proof solution yet.

Our son is not quite a fully-fledged toddler yet, but having read this book has given my husband and myself the confidence to understand what is going on in his little head and how to live with it.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on 13 August 2002
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book after it was recommended to me by a Health visitor. I had problems with my 2 1/2 year old sleeping at night and also wanted some potty training advise.
I followed the advise of the book to the word & my boy was sleeping through the night after 3 nights.
The book is very easy to read, looks at solving problems from a possitive angle and is good for dipping in & out of when u need it as the chapters are clearly defined.
I would reccomend it to anyone looking after a toddler.
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