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  • Paperback: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; 1 edition (1 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553067508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553067507
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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A Sourcebook of Strategies for the First Five Years.
"Laura Davis and Janis Keyser provide straightforward approaches to the everyday questions and struggles faced by parents, and even answer questions you might have been afraid to ask. They speak respectfully to all types of families, offering insights and tools that really work. A great practical and readable resource. I highly recommend it."
--Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, author of Raising Your Spirited Child
"This unusually thorough book provides today's parents with rich and abundant insights...an enormously helpful resource."
--Polly Berrien Berends, author of Whole Child, Whole Parent; Gently Lead; and Coming to Life

A Sourcebook of Strategies for the First Five Years.
-Laura Davis and Janis Keyser provide straightforward approaches to the everyday questions and struggles faced by parents, and even answer questions you might have been afraid to ask. They speak respectfully to all types of families, offering insights and tools that really work. A great practical and readable resource. I highly recommend it.-
--Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, author of Raising Your Spirited Child
-This unusually thorough book provides today's parents with rich and abundant insights...an enormously helpful resource.-
--Polly Berrien Berends, author of Whole Child, Whole Parent; Gently Lead; and Coming to Life

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Informative, inspiring, and enlightening, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be provides parents with the building blocks they need to discover their own parenting philosophy and develop effective parenting strategies. Through in-depth information, practical suggestions, and many lively first-person stories, the authors address the many dilemmas and joys that the parent of young children encounter and demonstrate a range of solutions to the major issues that arise in the raising of babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Full of warmth, clarity, humor, and respect, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be gives parents permission to be human: to question, to learn, to make mistakes, to struggle and to grow, and, most of all, to have fun with their children.

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What a relief to stumble across this book as my son turns twenty months! The authors provide detailed discussions of how to construct a parenting philosphy that "honors the impulse" behind children's behavior in a variety of situations: play, toileting, sleeping (or not), physical activity, child care, conflict and friendship. It handles less frequently handled topics as well, such as young children's sex play, racism, and homophobia. The book is a strong advocate for parents. Having a family with children, they stress, is not a project of controlling children but rather of balancing interests between all family members. Unlike many parenting books, this work lets the parent reflect on what his or her own family's boundaries should be while offering information about children's possible perspectives in specific situations and ideas for respecting these perspectives. I also appreciated the invitation to think about one's own upbring in order to create a set of practices to model for our own children. Single parents, gay parents, and parents of non-Christian faith are all actively included in the examples, which are helpfully and skillfully drawn from one of the author's parenting groups. In a welcome departure from many parenting books, fathers and men are also considered to be equally capable of and interested in raising their children. I have enjoyed incorporating the author's ideas into my daily interactions with my son and husband. I suspect that many other parents who don't fit into the "What to expect..." advice series would as well. Several friends will be getting this as a gift for the holidays!!!
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This is a book that shares so many parents ideas and strategies with me as I stumble through parenting. It is unique in that I actually laugh, cry and exclaim out loud as I hear stories of these different yet same parents in so many walks of life. It gave me the most important message of listening to advice of what works and what doesnt then adjusting the advice to our unique values, situation and baby. I felt like I am not the only parent who obsses about every detail. I especially like the chapter about building a community for my family.
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I believe that if children could tell us what to think about them and how to listen and talk to them, then this is the book they would have written to their parents. The authors have covered almost everything there is to consider about parenting. And, they have done so in a heartfelt manner with a compassionate tone. Each parent is encouraged to explore their own needs, wishes, and feelings about parenting, as well as their own childhood history. However, this is DEFINITELY NOT a "therapeutic" workbook. Rather, this is a book about choices, differences, expectations, and feelings. It is so easy to over-identify with our young children and to want to make life better and even PERFECT for them. The authors acknowledge this and then take us one step further...young children know what is; they live in the moment, thus our children don't expect us to be perfect so why do we expect it from them? I will be giving this book forever as a gift to friends, family, and colleagues. This book is a gift!!!
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As a preschool teacher and mother of two boys (5 & 3), I highly recommend this book. It covers most every parenting issue you may ever have concerning your young child. The authors give you the latest, developmentally appropriate solutions to your parenting issues, and they guide you on the pathway to parenting excellence with their Nine Principles for the Parenting Journey. A must read for every parent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who said kids don't come with a MANUAL? 12 May 2013
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As a mother to 3 young children, this book has not left my bedside. Whether it's tantrums, conflict resolution, or managing the balancing act, one look through the index gives me the page number(s) for the answers that I seek and steps to handle the situation in a way I will be proud of. Frustration turns to understanding and a feeling of competence. I love that this book explains what is going on from our children's perspective and their developmental stages, and has practical testimonials of other parents (so we know we are not alone!). This book has given me the tools I need to navigate the difficult situations with my kids and to "become the parent I want to be." I have bought at least 3 copies of this book for friends who are expecting and recommend this book before any other to new parents.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great advise on being an understanding and patient parent 27 May 2016
By Sarah M Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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I am really enjoying this book. Great advise on being an understanding and patient parent. I appreciate that it allows children and parents to have an honor feelings and emotions. It also dives into subjects that sometimes don't get talked about.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 10 Feb. 2010
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Laura and Janis have been there, done it, and not without the struggle and strife that allows them to be real. The book is incredibly huge, tough for a mom of a 1 and 2 year old. Yet each page is full of wisdom, humor, reassurance, and some good old-fashioned know-how. Also, while Laura doesn't disclose in this book that she experienced abuse as a child, she has in her other works. I say this to say, she's overcome very real hardships and struggles to give us real words.
5.0 out of 5 stars great for all parents 30 Dec. 2012
By Laurel Schwingel - Published on Amazon.com
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I absolutely love this book! I borrowed it from my childbirth teacher and decided it was so great to get my own. I love that it is not telling you the "right" answer, but instead educating on children and their development and options for parenting. It really feels more like a support group with different parents relating their experiences of what worked (and what did not). I plan to come back to it during the different stages of parenting.
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps you understand your kids better. 1 Mar. 2016
By Swati Soni - Published on Amazon.com
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Totally worth read for all sorts of questions. understanding and getting understood is two way street and this book helps parents and kids find the bridge to strengthen their relationship.
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