Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Be the Wise Parents of a Changing, Growing Toddler

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Be the Wise Parents of a Changing, Growing Toddler

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As the parents of one- to three-year-olds know, very new day brings changes and challenges. Is she walking okay? Is he talking enough? Is the house safe? Am I saying "no" too much? This excellent new book, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer for Toddlers, will help you understand your toddler's development and foster his or her growth and independence in sensitive, sensible ways.

The phrase "baby whispering," which British-born parent educator and nurse Tracy Hogg introduced in an earlier book, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, simply means "observing, listening and understanding what's happening from the child's perspective."

As the author points out, the essence of baby whispering is no less applicable to teenagers than to toddlers. Your child is an individual. Know him for who he is. Take the time to observe, listen and talk with your child, not at her. Giving children the respect they deserve will inspire them to respect others as well. …

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