Our second “secrets” book, an exploration of the energetic and often unnerving toddler years, offers the same winning blend of Tracy’s knowledge and uncanny intuition as our first. Starting with the simple but essential premise that there is no such thing as a “typical” child, we revisit the baby “types” as toddlers. We then guide you through a new set of acronyms: H.E.L.P. (Hold back, Explain, Limit, Praise) reminds you of the four elements that foster growth and independence and, at the same time, keep your toddler safe. With T.L.C. ( Talk, Listen, Clarify), you’re better able to figure out what your little one is thinking. R & R ( Routines and Rituals) gives structure and predictability to your little one’s daily life and a sense of continuity to his or her early year. Because toddlerhood is all about firsts and new social situations, we also teach you how to help your child manage his emotions and to “rehearse for change”–take on small challenges before expecting them to conquer big unknowns. The advice is practical, reassuring, and written with wit, making this book a great companion during the magical, challenging toddler years.
- “Imagine a cheeky, less starchy Mary Poppins in the trenches with you and your toddler. Hogg offers parents of toddlers clear theory and techniques described in a supportive, crisp tone, often addressing parents as “luv” or “ducky.” Before trying any techniques, she urges parents to “love the toddler you have” by understanding his or her unique temperament, gifts, and special needs”
- “Peppered with real-life scenarios from parents across the U.S…and quizzes for judging the type of toddler yours might be, this book is a welcome addition to child-care guides, an area that is crowded but lacking in substance. Its focus on just those few years between infancy and preschool makes it a real treasure.”