Magazine article Work & Family Life

New Guide to Understanding and Raising a Toddler

Magazine article Work & Family Life

New Guide to Understanding and Raising a Toddler

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Tovah Klein, PhD, lives in what she calls "toddlerdom." She directs the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development in New York City, teaches psychology at Barnard and advises on the TV program "Sesame Street. " And whether she's watching, researching or interacting directly with young children, she asks herself over and over: "What are they doing and why are they doing it?"

The answers to these key questions form the basis of her forthcoming, wonderful book How Toddlers Thrive: What parents can do to plant the seeds of lifelong success. If you have a toddler in your life-or may have one soon-this is the book for you.

With wisdom, sensitivity and humor, Dr. Klein describes the push-pull of children from two to five: their needs to push out into the world and do things by themselves and, at the same time, to pull back to the comfort of the familiar and to be reassured of your secure presence (see Front page article).

She takes the mystery out of seemingly conflicting advice: for example, that structures and routines may seem rigid but, in fact, they will help develop resilience and free up your child to better handle transitions and change. …

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