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The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One- to Four-Year-Old: Revised Edition

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Toddlers can drive you bonkers…so adorable and fun one minute…so stubborn and demanding the next! Yet, as unbelievable as it sounds, there is a way to turn the daily stream of “nos” and “don’ts” into “yeses” and hugs…if you know how to speak your toddler’s language. In one of the most useful advances in parenting techniques of the past twenty-five years, Dr. Karp reveals that toddlers, with their immature brains and stormy outbursts, should be thought of not as pint-size people but as pintsize…cavemen.

Having noticed that the usual techniques often failed to calm crying toddlers, Dr. Karp discovered that the key to effective communication was to speak to them in their own primitive language. When he did, suddenly he was able to soothe their outbursts almost every time! This amazing success led him to the realization that children between the ages of one and four go through four stages of “evolutionary” growth, each linked to the development of the brain, and each echoing a step in prehistoric humankind’s journey to civilization:

• The “Charming Chimp-Child” (12 to 18 months): Wobbles around on two legs, grabs everything in reach, plays a nonstop game of “monkey see monkey do.”

• The “Knee-High Neanderthal” (18 to 24 months): Strong-willed, fun-loving, messy, with a vocabulary of about thirty words, the favorites being “no” and “mine.”

• The “Clever Caveman” (24 to 36 months):

Just beginning to learn how to share, make friends, take turns, and use the potty.

• The “Versatile Villager” (36 to 48 months): Loves to tell stories, sing songs and dance, while trying hard to behave.

To speak to these children, Dr. Karp has developed two extraordinarily effective techniques:

1) The “fast food” rule—restating what your child has said to make sure you got it right;

2) The four-step rule—using gesture, repetition, simplicity, and tone to help your

irate Stone-Ager be happy again.

Once you’ve mastered “toddler-ese,” you will be ready to apply behavioral techniques specific to each stage of your child’s development, such as teaching patience and calm, doing time-outs (and time-ins), praise through “gossiping,” and many other strategies. Then all the major challenges of the toddler years—including separation anxiety, sibling rivalry, toilet training, night fears, sleep problems, picky eating, biting and hitting, medicine taking can be handled in a way that will make your toddler feel understood. The result: fewer tantrums, less yelling, and, best of all, more happy, loving time for you and your child.

Synopsis:

The author of The Happiest Baby on the Block offers parents a groundbreaking new approach for dealing with toddlers, drawing a parallel between a child's development and the human journey to civilization and presenting specific behavioral techniques designed to enhance parent-child communication, alleviate tantrums, and increase positive relationships. Simultaneous. 15,000 first printing.

About the Author

Harvey Karp, M.D., is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine, with a private practice in Santa Monica. Author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, Dr. Karp is a nationally renowned expert in child development, children’s health and the environment, and breast-feeding. He lives with his wife and daughter in California.

For further information and for information about the award-winning The Happiest Baby DVD/video and The Happiest Toddler DVD/video, please visit www.thehappiestbaby.com.

Paula Spencer is a freelance writer whose eight books include The V Book and Momfidence!: An Oreo Never Killed Anybody and Other Secrets of Happier Parenting. Author of the “Momfidence!” column in Woman’s Day, she is also a contributing editor to Parenting and Baby Talk. She lives with her husband and four children in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553905601
Subtitle:
How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One- to Four-Year-Old: Revised Edition
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Harvey Karp, M.D.
Author:
Spencer, Paula
Author:
Karp, Harvey Md
Author:
Karp, Harvey
Author:
Harvey Karp
Author:
Paula Spencer
Subject:
Family & Relationships : Parenting - Child Rearing
Subject:
Family & Relationships : Life Stages - Infants & Toddlers/Ge
Subject:
Family & Relationships : Child Development
Subject:
Child rearing
Subject:
Toddlers
Subject:
Life Stages - Infants & Toddlers/Toddlers
Subject:
Child Development
Subject:
Parenting - Child Rearing
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
Child Care
Subject:
Parenting
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-General
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-Infancy and Toddlerhood
Subject:
Family & Relationships : Life Stages - Infants & Toddlers -
Subject:
main_subject
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all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080826
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
336

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