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The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to…

The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a…

by Harvey Karp

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I would never say any help book is a cure-all, and that goes for the Happiest Toddler.
As with all non-fiction books I read, I go in taking advice with a grain of salt. As someone who is a new parent and literally had never been around babies or children since I was of the age, I've found myself enjoying reading other people's thoughts and ideas and opinions because I have no one else to talk to about such matters.
I feel like the advice given in this book goes down better when you view it like talking to a friend. You don't have to take all advice, but it's nice to have different viewpoints and ideas while you figure out what works for you and your child. I did find a lot of the advice helpful. ( )
  hrawluk | Aug 23, 2018 |
It was ok but I liked the happiest baby on the block better. It didn't seem like the theories in this book would work and sure enough I tried them and they didn't work ( )
  LaBla | Feb 6, 2016 |
Easy to read, and I found most of the tips in this book pretty useful. A full review of the methods described in the book is on my blog: http://janielyoung.com/2013/03/20/happiest-toddler-on-the-block-what-works-and-w... ( )
  mermaidatheart | Dec 1, 2015 |
This book got a lot of good reviews, so I thought I'd give it a try. There were a few ideas that I liked, such as acknowledging your child's feelings before trying to stop or change them and keeping to short words and phrases when he/she is upset instead of suddenly "explaining" why he can't have something in long sentences. These things make sense to me and have seemed to help a little, but a lot of the book I found to be really silly. Maybe it will make more sense when my son is older, but I don't think it will really fit my parenting style. Also, the book has all of these annoying cartoons interspersed throughout the chapters and the anecdotes of real-life situations seem really contrived. ( )
  japaul22 | Jul 25, 2014 |
Toddler-ese isn't working on my 16 month old yet, but I really like how Karl encourages parents to be respectful of their child's feelings. ( )
  periwinklejane | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Toddlers can drive you bonkers…so adorable and fun one minute…so stubborn and demanding the next! Yet, as unbelievable as it sounds, there is a way to turn the daily stream of “nos” and “don’ts” into “yeses” and hugs…if you know how to speak your toddler’s language. In one of the most useful advances in parenting techniques of the past twenty-five years, Dr. Karp reveals that toddlers, with their immature brains and stormy outbursts, should be thought of not as pint-size people but as pintsize…cavemen.

Having noticed that the usual techniques often failed to calm crying toddlers, Dr. Karp discovered that the key to effective communication was to speak to them in their own primitive language. When he did, suddenly he was able to soothe their outbursts almost every time! This amazing success led him to the realization that children between the ages of one and four go through four stages of “evolutionary” growth, each linked to the development of the brain, and each echoing a step in prehistoric humankind’s journey to civilization:

• The “Charming Chimp-Child” (12 to 18 months): Wobbles around on two legs, grabs everything in reach, plays a nonstop game of “monkey see monkey do.”
• The “Knee-High Neanderthal” (18 to 24 months): Strong-willed, fun-loving, messy, with a vocabulary of about thirty words, the favorites being “no” and “mine.”
• The “Clever Caveman” (24 to 36 months):
Just beginning to learn how to share, make friends, take turns, and use the potty.
• The “Versatile Villager” (36 to 48 months): Loves to tell stories, sing songs and dance, while trying hard to behave.

To speak to these children, Dr. Karp has developed two extraordinarily effective techniques:
1) The “fast food” rule—restating what your child has said to make sure you got it right;
2) The four-step rule—using gesture, repetition, simplicity, and tone to help your
irate Stone-Ager be happy again.

Once you’ve mastered “toddler-ese,” you will be ready to apply behavioral techniques specific to each stage of your child’s development, such as teaching patience and calm, doing time-outs (and time-ins), praise through “gossiping,” and many other strategies. Then all the major challenges of the toddler years—including separation anxiety, sibling rivalry, toilet training, night fears, sleep problems, picky eating, biting and hitting, medicine taking can be handled in a way that will make your toddler feel understood. The result: fewer tantrums, less yelling, and, best of all, more happy, loving time for you and your child.

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From the renowned pediatrician who taught parents how to calm their crying babies in "The Happiest Baby on the Block" comes a breakthrough book that explains a new way to raise a secure and well-behaved 1 to 4 year old and prevent a toddler's tantrums.… (more)

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