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It doesn't seem like a psychological book. It is more the book about common sence. If you have already read something about children development, this one will be a dust collector. All the ideas are very shallow and will not help you when you really need a good piece of advice. I liked the way the author presented information. That's probably it.
What a great idea book for the defeated parent and child! We are first time parents and this book really helped us to engage on whole different level with our little one! Check it out it very well may help!
I really liked the layout of this book. Unlike lots of other parenting self help books, this is broken down into easy to digest, small sections and it’s divided up by situation and age group. It’s so easy to either flip through it or just read straight through to whatever applies to you. No novel length passages requiring lots of focus.
The info seems solid too. I like that is full of references to back up their advice. It for sure provided me some insight on the goings ons inside my 2 year old’s mind. I look forward to being able to read further has he ages up to the next bracket.
I took a star off because I wish there was a way to get more info on any particular scenario/problem, even if it was just a direct to a link with more info. For example, it briefly tells you how to deal with a toddler who wants something they can’t have. But it doesn’t offer any advice for when their 2-3 sentences of advice fails. What if my son is particularly insistent? Do I keep repeating what the book says to do? Do I walk away? Do I ignore? Etc.
5.0 out of 5 starsLove this book, will be sharing with my new-mom SIL
Reviewed in the United States on 24 August 2019
I am a mother to 6 (ages 5-12) plus step kids. I do a lot of parental help reading and more than often not do my fair share of eye rolling. Very few books earn a spot on my shelf, the majority get passed to Goodwill or in some cases, the recycle bin. This book would honestly have been kept expect the age range is 2-7 so I will be passing it onto my sister in law who is a new mom and expressed interest in it when she saw it. This book is a very well designed book. The cover is thick, the binding is strong and despite being read by myself and loaned to a friend, has held up very well. The page layout is attractive and interesting, yet well ordered, clear and easy to follow. The factual yet conversational writing makes it easy to get what you want to know from the book. This book starts out with a short section which examines your childhood experience and what are your values. It then explains what it means to be your child's emotion coach and gives some "no one is a perfect child nor parent" reassurance. There is a short explanation of how children learn and mature. These sections total 25 pages so it is concise and not overbearing to read. And then it's on to the meat of the book. Ages are broken into 2-3, 4-5, and 6-7. Each comment explains when your child might make the comment and the likely root of what your child is thinking, how you might think in response to him/her, and different ways to respond in the short and long term. There are also a couple related topics. Sprinkled in are two page "parents' survival guides" that cover a wide range of topics like good manners, sleep difficulties, internet safety, after school activities etc. To be fair, my first impression of this book was that it was common sense if you know your kid and that only parents of only children would have the time to sit and read it. But as I delved into it, I found nuggets within that even I a (somewhat jaded) parent of a large family could apply, or hadn't considered.
4.0 out of 5 starsAttractive and useful book but not enough detail for tough problems.
Reviewed in the United States on 2 May 2020
This attractively designed, visually pleasing book provides a broad but shallow set of guidance for many behavioral issues for young children. I have a very precocious two year old who is very stubborn, so I was really looking forward to getting a deeper insight into her tricky little mind.
Did I get that insight from reading this book?
Although the book outlines the underlying problems with such issues as not wanting to go to sleep, being shy, wanting things right away, and hitting and biting, for example, the analysis is often rather simple and the advice too limited to be really helpful.
Because the book covers so many different topics, this may be unavoidable. However, inclusion of “additional reading” resources in the form of a list of websites or other books would be a good compromise.
Nevertheless, I think this book will help many parents work their way through issues with their kids in a productive way.
This is a topic of special interest and significance to my wife and me, as we write, speak and coach on child development, education and family relations. Honestly, I thought I had already read the best of what's out there, but this new entry - published by Dorling Kindersley (DK - who has a wide, varied and highly respected catalog of resources that homeschoolers LOVE) - vastly exceeded my expectations!
First it takes some time for the reader to consider their own upbringing, their parents policies and practicies in terms of emotional training, discipline and other elements that we sometimes give no thought - until either our lives go awry or our own parenting is found to be wanting.
The production quality is extremely high, with heavy paper in full color and, and lots of beautiful design work in terms of fonts, graphics and layout. The content is extremely well conceived, with sections on common questions and concerns (like - common fears [each with its own specific treatment], relationship rifts [each with its own specific response], discipline and reteaching models, etc.), laid out by typical age range and optimal response. I really can't say enough good about this. I will absolutely be recommending it!
I think this is a great book for parents. Only my youngest(6) is within the target age for it, but I've gotten some helpful tips for our struggles with him. It does only cover the basics and doesn't give any detailed solutions, but it does give some quick ideas to try for some of the basic problems children have, like impatience, being bossy, etc. For bigger issues that can't seem to be fixed, more research would probably need to be done, but this book is an excellent place to start. There is even good advice for older children here and there. It has tips on how to use the internet safely, which is always useful these days. I like the layout of the book and found it easy to find what I was looking for. There's an index and it also progresses in the typical age for the issues as the book goes along. (So issues for older children are in the back.) Even just browsing, though, I found things I needed that I didn't know to look for yet. It's been a useful book.