What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success
How Toddlers Thrive, written by Tovah P. Klein, Ph.D., the director of an internationally renowned centre for toddler development is a great resource about child behaviour and development for ages 2 to 5. It not only provides tips and ideas on how to help your child thrive and develop, but more importantly helps to make your home a happier place.
The first half of the book is about toddler development and stages. While I did find it a bit repetitive, it is very interesting to learn about how a toddler is growing and changing during these important years. This book will help you to understand WHY your toddler may be doing something and perhaps to have a bit more patience while you’re witnessing a seemingly purposeless toddler meltdown. It focuses on seeing the world through a toddler’s eyes in an easy to understand way.
The second half of the book provides tools and techniques for dealing with specific toddler challenges like getting dressed, eating, sleeping, and toilet training. The section on toddler shaming was very eye-opening and has made me much more conscious of this parenting practice. I also found the explanation on how the root of almost all toddler behaviour (or rather, misbehaviour) is separation. Why does your toddler not want to get dressed in the morning? Because he knows that means he is going to daycare soon and will be away from you. The same is true of many issues that parents have with putting a toddler to bed. The toddler sees bed time as a separation from the ones he loves the most – his parents. Dr. Klein really helps you to understand this, have more patience, and offers some helpful tips on how to make these every day occurrences go much more smoothly.
If you’re looking for a book that will help you to understand your toddler’s development and behaviour and give you some tools to help make your home a happier and more fun place, this book will be very helpful. While not a quick read, I would recommend it for anyone struggling to understand why their toddler is an angel one moment and a little devil the next!