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 his book The Happiest Toddler on the Block, the sequel to his bestseller The Happiest Baby on the Block.

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

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

Among his insights: It's natural to want to comfort an upset child, but saying over and over again, "It's okay, it'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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