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Baby Hearts: A Guide to Giving Your Child an Emotional Head Startby Linda Acredolo
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Who says your baby cant “talk” about his or her feelings? In fact, babies actions often speak louder than words! Understanding those actions-and responding appropriately to them-is the key to giving your child a head start to a healthy and happy future. Now the authors of the bestselling Baby Minds and Baby Signs translate the latest research on the rich inner life of babies into practical, fun activities that will foster your childs emotional skills during the most critical period-between birth and age three. This comprehensive guide will help you help your child express emotions effectively, develop empathy, form healthy friendships, and cope with specific challenges. Learn how to:
•Talk with your child about emotions in order to help him recognize and control his own
•Use face-to-face interaction, tone of voice, song, and touch to make your infant feel safe and secure
•Start a gratitude journal to help your child appreciate the good things in life
•Nurture self-esteem with “try, try again” activities and simple chores
•Create a “What are they feeling” deck of cards to help your child understand and practice emotions
•Use games and songs to help your child practice self-control
•Overcome temper tantrums, aggression, shyness, separation anxiety, and other challenges
Whether your child is as easy to raise as a sunflower, as difficult as the prickly holly bush, requires the patience of the delicate orchid, or is as active as the exuberant dandelion, Baby Hearts helps you provide the
emotional support that may be the most important gift a parent can give.
Renowned child development experts bring the fruits of their 20-plus-years' research on parent-infant relationships to reveal the rich emotional lives of young babies and teach parents ways to give their baby or toddler an emotional head start during the earliest and most critical years.
Everyone understands that developing emotional intelligence and sensitivity to other people's feelings is critical to an emotionally healthy and happy life. And yet parents often lack confidence in their ability to foster these important emotional skills. What parents need to know is that there are many steps they can take to get their child on the right emotional track, and that the ideal time to begin is between birth and age three. Renowned child development experts Linda Acredolo, Ph.D., and Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D., bring the fruits of their twenty-plus-years' research on parent-infant relationships to reveal the rich emotional lives of young babies and teach parents ways to give their baby or toddler an emotional head start during the earliest and most critical years. Translating up-to-date research findings into practical strategies and fun activities, Baby Hearts enables parents to help their children:
- Feel secure
- Express emotions effectively to promote constructive rather than destructive behavior
- Find the right balance between healthy fears and unhealthy anxieties
- Develop satisfying friendships and empathy
- Build self-esteem and self-confidence, and more
About the Author
Linda Acredolo, Ph.D. is emeritus professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Acredolo received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. She has served as an editor of Child Development and as an officer of the prestigious Society for Research in Child Development.
Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D. is professor of Psychology and Child Development at California State University, Stanislaus, where she has served as Project Director for several longitudinal research projects. Dr. Goodwyn earned her Ph.D. as a Developmental Psychologist at the University of California, Davis.
Drs. Acredolo and Goodwyn have received numerous research grants, most notably from the National Institutes of Child Health and Development. They have published over 50 scholarly articles and have presented at over 75 national and international research meetings. Their pioneering research into infant and toddler development led them to co-author the 400,000-copy bestselling book Baby Signs (Contemporary Books, 1996, revised edition 2002) and Baby Minds (Bantam, 2000), as well as to found Baby Signs, Inc. in 2001. BABY HEARTS will be the third volume in the series.
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