ToddlerCalm: A guide for calmer toddlers and happier parents Paperback – 3 Oct 2013
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I welcome this book as a sensitive antidote to the alternatives. It is not advocating permissive or authoritarian care, it is a paean to the glorious fun and joy which can result from understanding your toddler, seeing it from their point of view, and then gently nudging them towards maturity (Oliver James)
Everything you say in the book really resonates with the way we hope we will parent (Dame Sarah Storey)
I like the fact that ToddlerCalm is written in a non-judgemental way. It offers support and guidance to parents and I find myself dipping in and out of it for advice and reassurance. I can really relate to the personal stories and love the quotes throughout.
The section on Avoiding Difficult Situations got me thinking about all of the times I dreaded 'circle time' at the various parent/toddler groups I went to. If I had read this book first I wouldn't have felt the need to persevere and my toddler and I would have happily pottered at home instead of feeling we always had to be so busy!
A new, empowering guide for parents of 1-4 year olds, based on the successful ToddlerCalm parenting classes which aim to help parents confidently enjoy the first years with their child.See all Product description
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The book's main point is to try to see the world through your toddler's eyes. They have so little control and are still struggling to grasp concepts like time. By listening and thinking about how they may be feeling, you can avoid full blown tantrums (although it explains how these are developmentally normal).
The book offers scientific background to support its theories which it needs as this goes against the grain of modern parenting. It is not patronising and is very clear that it is not recommending permissive parenting where your child can do as they please, but equally encourages the reader to let go of their need to control.
I'd recommend this to any parent struggling with their little one. For those who've followed things like 'baby led-weaning' this supports that and helps you to think about your attitude to food if your toddler becomes a fussy eater.
A supportive and eye-opening book. I'm enjoying applying the theories with my strong willed little girl who thrives on choice and being treated with respect. A must-read!
I came across this thinking "this will help me deal with my sons behaviour" but actually what it has done it helped me understand my sons behaviour!
The more Im reading, the more I'm understanding how he feels, and I'm so glad I came across it while he is still young enough for me to put these new parenting skills into practice.
If anyone hasn't read it yet, I strongly recommend you do!
The book is not advocating allowing our children to do as they please, on the contrary it emphasises the importance of having consistent and clear boundaries, just delivering these in a gentler, respectful way. This kind of approach is obviously going to take time and patience, so I think common sense is needed that it is unrealistic that a parent is going to always be able to sit through every tantrum offering understanding etc, but this guide offers a good overall approach for gentle parenting that I myself aim for most of the time.
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