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ToddlerCalm: A guide for calmer toddlers and happier parents
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2014
Have read many baby / parenting advice books since becoming a Grandma for the first time...if only to update myself!

This definitely was the best, most helpful, insightful & reassuring book of the lot for what can be a frustrating time for both toddler & parent as I recall & a stage that was a mixture of hard work & fun, but also rewarding.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2013
A refreshing antidote to the many 'one size fits all' parenting books out there.

Instead of telling parents what to do with their child, this book empowers parents by helping them to understand why their toddler behaves as they do. It offers evidence-based, practical tips which will build parents' confidence and allow them to follow their own instincts and parent in a compassionate way, leading to happier, calmer toddlers AND parents!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2013
All too many parenting books are written by baby experts who either have no children, have works only as nannies or simply apply dog training principles to toddlers. This book is brilliantly written and spends a lot of time making you think as a toddler, reminding us that they do not have adult brains, can't process information or feelings in same way and thus need treating differently. Referenced and based on research info child psychology and brain development this book is perfect for those wanting to understand their toddler behaviour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 April 2014
An excellent book, i needed advice for my toddler as i have a new baby and older sibling too....i am not keen on supernanny books, books written by so called experts whom recommend cry it out methods, punishing and time out, this is the opposite and just what i need, which also supports gentle/attachment parenting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2014
Based on sojourns scientific and psychological evidence of what a developing child actually needs. I feel very strongly about the material contained in this book, as it supports the model of psychology that I practise in my profession. If more parents subscribed to this, I'd have a lot less patients in the future.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2013
Best toddler book out there in my opinion. I read way too many. This one sums up what you need to know and gives examples and ideas of how to enjoy those precious toddler years the most. Sarah Ockwell - Smith is down to earth and does not pretend to know it all (or your child for that matter) but instead shares her well researched advice and experience. If you're already down the path of gentle parenting and want a wonderful life-long relationship with your child, read this book for more ideas. If you think gentle parenting is permissive and children occasionally need a good smack or at least some other form of punishment, read this book. If you don't have children but find toddlers annoying, or you want to understand them better, read this book. If you are a childminder or a nursery teacher/nurse, read this book. Coming to think of it, if everyone would be familiar with the context of this book, the world would be a better place and parenting so much easier!
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on 5 April 2015
This is a really insightful book about the norms of toddlerdom vs our expectations of our toddlers. With real life stories & ways to tackle issues we face on a daily basis with kindness, love & respect.
I love that Sarah's books are based on research & real life experience. Her writing is easy to read & her books easy to relate to. She's not preaching "this is the 'right' way to do..." She's offering a helping hand by giving a different perspective on the problem (usually the toddlers) There is no judgement or disapproval behind her words; this book is pearly written by a woman with a genuine desire to help parents & toddlers navigate the challenges in everyday life by finding out what works for them, not Mr & Mrs Perfect 2 doors down with a child who never cries & sleeps through. A must buy for every parent.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2013
Without wanting to sound like a zealot, I want to buy this book for everyone I know who has a toddler.

Easy to read, easy to understand, specific enough without being a set of rules, it gives you a fantastic understanding of your toddler's abilities and limitations using lots of real-life examples. It is well organised and will be easy to dip in and out of as and when new issues arise.

This book really helps you manage realistic expectations of your toddler's behaviour and has lots of hints and tips to make life run more smoothly for everyone with a loose structure you can apply to pretty much any given situation in order to help meet your toddler's needs.

I honestly can't recommend it enough!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 2013
Just finished reading ToddlerCalm and absolutely loved it! Totally fits in with my style of parenting (AP) and helps to reassure you that you are doing the 'right' thing during the tough times. My 16 month old has never slept through the night but I refuse to use CIO or CC, despite what we'll meaning friends and relatives advise. This book has given me the confidence to keep on with the path I have chosen in the knowledge that this will help my son grow to be the person I would like him to be (confident, empathic, kind, hard working etc).

Cannot rate this book highly enough!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2013
Not a one size fits all how to book but instead an informative look at how toddlers 'work'! My previous go to book during the dark days was always 'Adventures in Gentle Discipline' but this book is much better. It explains in simple terms the world through the eyes of your toddler, a real eye opener. Having gone down the path of natural parenting it's comforting to remind myself once in a while why we chose this way, especially while I'm picking porridge out of my hair at 7am in the morning. In fact, I loved it so much I bought a second copy and had it downloaded to my husband's Kindle!
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