Review by Allison Martin
Author of the best seller, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, delves into
behavior of toddlers (children who are 1 to 3 years) old in this book
of parenting advice. Tracy Hogg's approach to parenting is that a child's
personality (which she calls type, and feels is ingrained and genetic)
and parent's behavior are two of the biggest contributors to a young child's
behavior. She takes the approach that parents should be "the parents"
(setting limits, etc.) with close attention to a child's actions, feelings
and motivations. Parents are encouraged to talk and listen carefully to
their child, in teaching them ways to control their behavior and reach
their potential. A number of difficult toddler issues are addressed -
such as tantrums, biting, sleep, socialization, obedience, and eating
- with advice and real life examples along the way.
In this book, Tracy Hogg explains how parents can use several major principles
in raising their toddlers. One of these is rehearsing for change - that
is taking smaller steps in practice for big events, such as moving into
the big bed or mother going away. Another is to provide routine and rituals
- for example at bedtime. She also introduces a concept of H.E.L.P. -
holding back, explain, limit, and praise - specific steps which can be
used in many circumstances to teach your child independence, self-esteem
and discipline. Although she takes a lecturing tone at times, it is reassuring
to know that you are not alone. Parents of toddlers will find this a interesting
book, both reassuring and practical, which provides insights into management
of many common toddler behaviors.
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