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1.0 out of 5 stars This is 2011..., 14 Feb. 2011
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This review is from: New Toddler Taming: A parents' guide to the first four years: The World's Bestselling Parenting Guide (Paperback)
I can honestly say that I'm utterly shocked with the positive reviews for this book.
In one section of this book Dr. Green suggests tying a rope to your childs door so it can only open a couple of inches. This is apparently to stop the child getting out of bed at night. My good God...is this even legal ...does this not constitute some type of child mistreatment?

The search continues for a book that can provide some positive practical advice on positive parenting...this certainly isnt it.
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Initial post: 24 May 2011 15:29:48 BDT
handymelon says:
I have used the book to help me parent my daughter, and have to say that, while we don't tie her door shut we *do* have a portable stair-gate across her door at night so that if she wakes up she doesn't come into our room but stays in her bed and shouts us to her. This is because she doesn't lie still in our bed - she kicks and wriggles and no-one would get any sleep if she were in with us.
The section you refer to does sound old-fashioned now, but it is one part of one chapter, and all it offers is a suggestion for stopping a determined toddler from getting into the parents bed or having the run of the house. The whole idea is that the door can still be opened, but only a few inches. It's a last resort for parents who are desparate for a night's sleep. If you don't agree with it no-one is making you carry it out.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2011 03:28:33 BDT
Nadia says:
New Toddler Taming: The world's bestselling parenting guide fully revised and updated Further to the above comment. The rope trick is just one of the ideas and yes, if you don't feel you want to use it you don't have to and Dr Green gives you another option of sitting with your child in the bedroom until the child falls asleep (the option I used myself). But had I been desperate enough I personally believe that using this rope trick (in conjunction with controlled crying as the author suggests so the child isn't abandoned for the entire night) is preferable to locking the door because the point here is to get the message to the child not to frighten him/her and this strategy surely beats locking the child up in a dark bedroom.

Posted on 7 Jan 2012 23:31:02 GMT
A reader says:
I don't see why encouraging a toddler to stay in their bedroom at night is maltreatment. You can still go to them if they get upset but it gives them the clear message that they should sleep in their room in the night. Toddlers can't have the run of the house at 3 in the morning. It isn't that different an idea to using a stair gate to keep some rooms out of bounds.
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