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Product details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (1 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1499103670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499103670
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A former actress and model, Janet’s passion for parent education began when she became a mother and sought guidance from infant expert Magda Gerber. Deeply inspired and grateful for her wisdom, Janet began training with Magda professionally. For the last 20 years, she has taught RIE parenting classes in Los Angeles, been a presenter at numerous early childhood conferences, written parenting articles, and served on the board of directors of Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE). Janet is privileged to now be supporting millions of parents internationally through her website, JanetLansbury.com, where she shares insights gained through her parenting classes and personal experiences as a mother of three.


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I found Janet's blog a couple of months after I had my second son. It was a very challenging time, and one of the most difficult periods of my life. I has always read many books and articles on parenting and felt that I knew quite a bit, but I had many questions left unanswered and always felt, confused, not good enough, worried and at that point in time when my son was feeling so jealous, miserable. When I started reading Janet's articles on RIE theory, I kept having one light bulb moment after the other, the cloud started to lift, and it all started to make sense. It was the first time that I had read advice that felt so right, it wasn't an opinion, it wasn't "everyone does it their own way and follows their instinct" it was just right. That night I stayed up till 4 am reading, I couldn't stop, even though I was already sleep deprived with a newborn.
This book contains some of her most-read blog posts and her way of writing is really enjoyable as well. Friendly, full of personal experience, great stories, and most importantly, life changing parenting methods. I strongly recommend this to anyone who has to spend time with young children and babies, even if they are not parents themselves.
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As a new mother, I found Janet Lansbury's blog very helpful and although I certainly don't follow her approach to the letter, it has influenced me a great deal. She follows the 'RIE' approach which encompasses many things, all centred around the idea of respect - allowing gross motor development to happen naturally, giving your baby active rather than passive toys, accepting emotions, talking to them like a human being and so on. For me it all felt right and struck the balance I needed - attachment parenting wasn't working for us but I also was never going to be a Super Nanny style parent with time outs and reward charts. Many of the articles are on the subject of toddler discipline which is where Janet has added her own wisdom to that in Magda Gerber's original books on RIE. I often find myself yearning for more details and some important subjects like sleep, she only addresses very lightly, but her blog and this book are still a trove of useful principles and ideas.

This book is a collection of blog posts, which for some reason I didn't find clear when I first bought the book when it was launched (I'm wondering if the product description may have changed since?) That said, I think it is a useful book to exist - in particular it's easier to point people to a book than a blog that keeps changing and where many of the best posts are buried. The posts have been editted to make sense in an offline context but it does still feel like a collection of blog posts which zips around from one subject to another rather than forming a more cogent whole that you would expect from a book.

Overall it's a worthwhile book and one I can see recommending to people - and I certainly don't regret sending a few pounds in Janet's direction, but I can't help feeling a bit disappointed that there wasn't any new writing in it.
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This is a great, easy to read book. Undoubtedly, the methods work and Ive seen improvements in all 4 of my children ranging from 2 months to 6 years. I particularly liked her examples of respectful talking and sportscasting.

The only reason it doesnt get 5 stars is because of her stance on babywearing, bedsharing and co-sleeping, baby led weaning and in particular her view that even newborns can develop bad habits, which has been discredited, and therefore discourages comfort feeding, which is important for infants for a number of reasons.

If I overlook these things, however, the book offers easily implemented tools that give results and happier little humans!
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My wife is an ardent fan of Janet Lansbury and at first the changes to parenting are against the norm but then the penny drops. I decided to read the source material of my wife's wisdom and did not regret it, making many notes of my own where I recognised where my own behavior influenced situations with my son.
Of course I feel like I have read the book already, thanks to my wife, but would recommend this to any parent so they can have the "ahhhhhhhh" moment themselves. My only regret is that I didn't read this before I became a Dad and know I'll be referring to it again soon.
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I've come across all sorts of approaches to early years, parenting, childcare etc in my 15+ years as an early years practitioner, some I've liked, some not so much. But coming across Janet Lansbury really made me sit up and take notice. It was like a 'Eureka!' moment! Here was someone promoting a set of values which really emphasised the importance of respecting very young children, of appreciating them for who they are, right now - not simply who they might be or what they might achieve in the future. This, to me, is of fundamental importance when working with children and babies. Just like anyone else, they are individuals with opinions and preferences, and have a right to have these heard and acknowledged.

At the heart of Janet's insights and advice is a belief that the child's experience really matters. She also acknowledges the challenge parents and carers face as they do their best to provide love and understanding, and support exploration, learning, development and growth. Meeting a child's needs can feel like an uphill struggle at times, especially in the face of challenging, confusing or upsetting behaviour. But it definitely becomes easier once you understand what is really going on for the child and what their actions are trying to communicate to you - and for me, the Guide to Respectful Parenting has made the process of gaining this insight so much more straightforward. I feel more confident in sharing experiences - good and not-so-good - with the children, and they in turn seem more confident expressing themselves and managing their needs.

Thumbs up all round I'd say!
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