In The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer, Dr. Harvey Karp explained how to calm your crying newborn.
In his newest book (a national bestseller, by the way) - The Happiest Toddler on the Block: The New Way to Stop the Daily Battle of Wills and Raise a Secure and Well-Behaved One- to Four-Year-Old - Dr. Karp explains how to "eliminate up to 90% of the tantrums...in just days!"
His book essentially spells out the best way to "communicate" to our little "cavemen." He helps parents understand how the minds of toddlers work so that we can empower our kids to engage in appropriate behaviors.
Karp empathizes with parents by explaining that toddlerhood is tough - even if we're good people and good parents. In fact, he points out that it can be a bit of a shock to some parents when their gentle baby becomes a little person with a mind of his own. Karp explains, "Even though most of us expect toddlerhood to be hard, few of us have any inkling of just how tough these three years can be."
He goes on to say that: "Many parents of easy kids falsely believe that the tantrums they see in other kids are the result of poor parenting. Yet often exactly the opposite is true. Parents of spirited children are often the best parents. But they have a super tough job."
I thought Karp's synopsis that "the 'terrible twos' [typically] occur between 18 and 24 months" was especially interesting because I've often heard that same sentiment from parents in my circle.
The book lays out how to better understand your toddler, how to help your toddler understand you, and how to get past common toddler problems (biting, public meltdowns, picky eating, etc.). I found some helpful "nuggets" of information, but I also felt that the book was a bit long-winded at points and the constant references to cavemen was tiresome.
The DVD, on the other hand, is a shortened "re-cap" of the book and I found it to be even better than the book. Dr. Karp visually demonstrates how his "techniques" work in a way that the written word simply couldn't. I loved watching the process "in action" and plan to try out The Fast Food Rule and Toddler-ese with my Little Beauty.
You can purchase the book and/or DVD on The Happiest Baby website if you want to try it out for yourself.
WIN IT! One mama will win "The Happiest Toddler on the Block" book AND DVD. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post prior to Friday, Mar. 21, at midnight (don't forget to follow the rules). The winner will be announced and contacted on Saturday, March 22. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
* UPDATE * The winner is #58 Laura. Congratulations!