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An affirming read
on 20 September 2005
Having lived through the "terrible twos" myself, I wish I'd had this book to hand when I did. All to many books give you the opinions of experts, the "correct thing" to do, while all the time making you feel inadequate that your own toddler refuses to comply with the advice given from on-high.
Caroline Dunford's book isn't like this - she tells you the story of her year with her toddler, the self-proclaimed Emperor, as it happens. It gives you a sense of perspective that all toddlers are different, that the expert advice doesn't always work, and that - in the end - it doesn't matter, parents find a way to make it work.
It does contain advice, of course, but this is kept to side-bars, and you're left with the impression these were added to highlight problems the author had, and some approaches to solving them - rather than The One True Way of Toddler Raising.
If I had to buy only one book about dealing with a toddler, this would be the one. If I needed more advice to back it up, Christopher Green's "Toddler Taming" would take second place on my shelf.