- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus (3 Oct. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349401055
- ISBN-13: 978-0349401058
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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 science on offer is broken down and explained in a way anyone can understand, but that's not to say it's "dumbed down", it isn't. It's explained clearly and succinctly so anyone can read it, understand it, absorb it and put it to use in your life. Most importantly, it makes you think! It also, again very clearly, is lay out what is normal for a toddler; it may not be societies idea of a 'good' toddler (i.e. compliant, quiet etc) but it's just normal. Reading that is incredibly reassuring and alleviates all kinds of parental stress and anxiety.
What it doesn't do it 1) claim to know your child 2) give you a list of do's and don'ts, which if you can't achieve makes you feel like a failure and 3) set up your toddler and some kind of adversary (the impression I get from many 'child experts') who's out to ruin your life.
If you have a toddler, get it. If you have a baby who's around 1, get it. Arm yourselves with knowledge, and knowledge derived from science not habit and authority.
Too many of the popular parenting authors promise miracles but in order to achieve them they require you to communicate to your child that they are "bad" if they don't comply with your behavioural standards, that your love for them is conditional, that it is only worth working hard if you get a reward at the end of it, that their parents aren't reliable as a source of comfort & security, that emotions are "bad" & should be suppressed, and that being "good" is about avoiding getting into trouble rather than doing what is morally right. Think about what kind of adult results from a child who develops those beliefs about themselves and the world.Read more ›
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What a fantastic book! My wife and I have read a lot of baby and toddler books, probably too many, but this is the one that we've both learnt the most from. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Tony
Only a couple of chapters in, but it has been so helpful so far. Highly recommend!Published 5 months ago by Amy w.
An easy to read, sensible book on parenting toddlers. Reminding us that we often expect too much of our little people and they are experiencing so many emotions. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Only started reading but from what I've read and more importantly how I feel and act towards my toddler , it is proving to be a very good buy, highly recommendedPublished 6 months ago by Zombie Chicken
Great book that makes you realise that our expectations are too high for our toddlers when their brain is still not fully developed, so insightful I could not put it down.Published 6 months ago by Mrs. J. L. Hinds
Fast delivery and the book was brand new. Having read the first couple of chapters I have already learnt a lot! Looking forward to reading the rest!Published 7 months ago by Samantha Greer