"The Happiest Toddler on the Block" by Dr. Harvey Karp is an expansion of Karp's "The Happiest Baby on the Block" book. Though Karp became a household name through his writing, Karp's work is not based on respect. "The Happiest Toddler" book advocates for a reward and punishment model of behavior management. The biggest problem with the reward punishment model is that it puts children into a state of threat and research shows people don't learn well in a state of threat. We recommend 1, 2, 3 The Toddler Years for parents who are interested in understanding their toddlers and want to find a way to work with, not control their child.
"Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs" is a fabulous book that explains clearly how brain research explains that education should be focused on life skills rather than content knowledge. "Mind in the Making" outlines seven skills: Focus and Self Control, Perspective Taking, Communicating, Making Connections, Critical Thinking, Taking on Challenges, and Self-Directed Engaged Learning. "Mind in the Making" is a truly meaningful, well organized, and well researched book that gives parents access to current brain research as they work to become the parents they want to be. This book is filled with ideas of ways parents can support their child in playful ways as they develop these skills. This is a great resource for parents and teachers interested in the brain research behind learning that will lead to success. On the down side, this book is a bit long and can be challenging to get all the way through. However, it's good to have to reference and pick up when you have a free minute to learn.
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"Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline" is Dr. Becky Bailey's parenting book. It doesn't have the research or specific examples that Conscious Discipline provides, so while it is a helpful and respectful resource for families, we find that "Conscious Discipline" is a stronger resource. If you're looking for a bit of a lighter and quicker read, "Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline" is a good place to start and can serve as an introduction to the principles of "Conscious Discipline".
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"The Happiest Baby on the Block" is a very popular parenting book because it provides basic calming techniques for very young infants. While some of the principles of the book may be helpful for you and your newborn, we believe this book has a deficit view of children, and we recommend other resources that have a stronger image of children. There is a Happiest Baby DVD that can quickly introduce calming skills for your newborn, but we recommend that you avoid Swaddling, Swaying, Shushing, and Swinging techniques once your child is over 3 months. The Resources for Infant Educarer books provide more respectful resources for parents of infants including newborns. We recommend checking out Baby Knows Best by Deborah Carlisle Soloman or Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect by Magda Gerber