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I bought this book with some worry that it might be a dummed down "hygge" sort of coffee table book but I was pleasantly surprised! This book is full of excellent advice for raising toddlers with a parenting philosophy that is nurturing, loving & open. I loved the simple ideas for changing some things in the home to make it more accessible for littles & seeing the home from their perspective. Lots of ideas for activities that are age appropriate but challenging/interesting for them. This will be a book I will refer back to when I'm in need of some reminders. Also, beautifully illustrated.
Habe viele tolle Ideen und Inspirationen aus dem Buch entnommen und bin begeistert. Freue mich schon wenn im März die deutsche Übersetzung rauskommt. (da es dann doch noch etwas leichter zu verstehen ist) Leider kam das Buch schon etwas beschädigt bei uns an.. daher der eine Stern Abzug.
This book truly is exceptional. Other readers have commented on it being life changing, and I do believe that to be so. I am in the early stages of the book as well, and have thumbed through it. Well organized and beautifully written--except I find it very difficult to read anything that addresses a singular noun and then keeps jumping to plural. " If your child"...."they". The early pages are rife with this. Just make a comment at the beginning of the book that you will refer to he or she throughout.
That said, I like the way the author refers to the toddler psyche. Toddlers don't have a mean bone in their body, for example. So true. It really has helped me remain so calm when our little toddler begins to have a toddler melt down. These are very few in occurrence and I think the advice this book shares contributes to her well being.
I really appreciated this book for its guidance on play and educational opportunities within the home. When I incorporated some of her tips, I saw immediate improvement in the way my daughter played, learned, and entertained herself. She was much more likely to stay busy with her toys and keep entertained than before. For these tips, this book is invaluable. However, I really wish the author would've stayed in her lane. I didn't appreciate the surface treatment of sleep or frankly the entirety of chapters 8 and 9. Her expertise is in the classroom and she should've stayed with how concepts within the classroom could be incorporated into educational and learning opportunities at home. Although I appreciated some tidbits of how she incorporated ideas from her classroom into her home environment with her own children, I didn't appreciate examples that she utilized outside of her expertise. For example, the section about screen time seemed very judgmental and was all based on another book. And that is the main aspect of how I wish she would've stayed in her lane. In areas where other books complemented her expertise, I really appreciated her suggestions. In areas where she was just summarizing others books, because she was not an expert on the topic, I felt that her opinions of those books were out of place. The list at the back of the book is sufficient enough for areas of further exploration. I don't really want the author's opinions on these books when they are not her expertise. It really is an uneducated opinion in these cases and could unfortunately cloud the critical thinking of these books by the reader. All in all, I recommend this book. As with any parenting book, analyze your sources, critically think about the advice, take what you feel will work for your family, and ignore the rest.