This may be the best parenting book to come around in years. Laura Davis and Janis Keyser take a straightforward, real, and respectful approach to parenting and children. The book gives solid information on sound child development in addition to specific tips that run the gamut from getting your child to sleep to dealing with fear of Halloween to toileting (toilet training) as a metaphor for learning to disciplinary issues. Based on nine principals that take care of issues of time, optimism, struggle, anger, balancing needs, and learning as you go, this book will assist you to discover and work with your own parenting philosophy.

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Most new parents are eager for practical advice and toughen from others more knowledgeable about the needs of very young children. Davis and Keyser’s guide compares favorably to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ in a similar fashion substantive Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age Five (1991), as it presents a warm, upbeat approach to child rearing. Davis and Keyser assume children are eager to learn, and their parents, to participate actively in their education–a philosophy that animates the nine parenting principles, which include cultivating a spirit of optimism about your children, developing a vision for your family, understanding that parents are all the time growing, and the like., that introduce and provide a framework for the rest of the text. Davis and Keyser weave tips, techniques, and personal stories together to address children’s feelings, behaviors, bodies, and relationships fluidly, readably, and hopefully. Kathryn Carpenter

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Informative, inspiring, and enlightening, Becoming the Parent You Wish to Be provides parents with the building blocks they want to discover their own parenting philosophy and develop effective parenting strategies.  Through in-depth information, practical suggestions, and many lively first-person stories, the authors address the many dilemmas and joys that the parent of young children encounter and demonstrate a range of solutions to the major issues that arise in the raising of babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  Full of warmth, clarity, humor, and respect, Becoming the Parent You Wish to Be gives parents permission to be human: to question, to learn, to make mistakes, to struggle and to grow, and, most of all, to have fun with their children.
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