Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Happiest toddler on the block

I've just finished Harvey Karp's "The Happiest Toddler on the block" and I have only one thing to say:
For all the parents out there, please, take a moment and read it!!!!
It is mind blowing!!! What a wonderful book, so informative, comprehensive, useful!!!
IT IS the book that makes you SEE through the eyes of a toddler!! IT IS the book that makes you THINK with the mind of a toddler!!! And after the above experiences, IT IS the book that gives true and effective solutions to the every day challenge of living and raising a toddler!!
I will just write down the 10 basics for raising a Happy Toddler, as you will find them in the book:

1. It helps to think of your toddler as a little caveman
2. Know your toddler temperament
3. Give yourself a pat on the back. Parenting is hard
4. Be an "ambassador" to your uncivilized little tot
5. Practice the "Fast-Food Rule" every day
6. Speak in your upset toddler's native lingo-Toddler-ese
7. Encourage your child's good (green-light) behavior with lots of fun interactions like:
    - time-ins, confidence builders, teaching patience, routines, planting seeds of kindness
8. Curb your child's annoying (yellow-light) behaviors
9. Put a quick halt to your child's unacceptable (red lights) behaviors
10. Prevent most tantrums or lovingly stop them in their tracks

I can report successful results with "patience stretch" and treating your toddler with respect. We're still working on every single aspect and I know it is a process that requires patience, consistency, perseverance.
And even if there are times when I feel like loosing it myself, I know for sure that with practice it will only get better.
Thank you so much, dr. Karp!!!

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