Magazine article Work & Family Life

Meet the Happiest Toddler on the Block

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Meet the Happiest Toddler on the Block

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Meet the happiest toddler on the block

Why do toddlers behave the way they do? What is it about their normal development that often puts them on a collision course with their parents? And why is it important to identify your child's temperament?

California pediatrician Harvey Karp answers those questions and offers helpful strategies for parents in The Happiest Toddler on the Block, a wonderful sequel to his bestseller The Happiest Baby on the Block.

Parents also have the option of watching Dr. Karp as he teaches his innovative approach on a DVD based on the Toddler book.

As he explains in the book and on the DVD, respect is essential to a good relationship with young kids - but it doesn't mean letting a toddler run wild. When you are firm and respectful with your child, he says, you're modeling the behavior you want to nurture.

Dr. Karp shows parents how to give "you-I" messages - and why. He offers key insights, for example: It's natural to want to comfort an upset child, but saying over and over again, "It's okay, k's okay" may give kids the message that you want them to stuff their feelings deep down inside and act happy even if they aren't. …

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