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Add to Wishlist. USD Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Overview Are two-year-olds really so terrible, or does the world have a slightly skewed view of this sometimes difficult, sometimes adorable lot? Ames and Ilg, recognized worldwide as authorities on child behavior and development, offer parents practical advice and enlightening psychological insights on children this age. What are two-year-old girls and boys thinking and feeling?
How do they see others around them? With humor and compassion, the authors describe the general characteristics of these complex toddlers: their physical growth trends, their emotional and psychological maturation. Also included are insights into how two-year-olds behave with family and other children, and advice on how to handle them, as well as tings to avoid.
All rights reserved. Sort order. I really enjoyed this--albeit somewhat outdated--series. There's nothing revolutionary in here, but it's a reassuring voice that tells you what your irrational little critter is going through. Unlike other parenting books that are packed with more information than you need thorough lists of equipment, possible meals, etc. A quick read that gave me an extra dose of empathy. Apr 08, Beth A. Shelves: nonfiction , parenting. This book was written in I was 4.
But I haven't seen a more recent book that so specifically describes approximate age related behaviors and how they relate to discipline issues. Ames' writing is easy to read. It's gentle, kind, and compassionate, reminding me to be, too.
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I laughed when Ames described that one of two year olds favorite games is putting their dolls or stuffed animals to bed. I often see my daughter spreading a favorite blanket over her stuffed animal babies. She describes so This book was written in She describes some of her favorite techniques "tricks" for two year olds. But be sure a make it simple because the slightest variation can be upsetting. Another example is "We'll go out to play just as soon as we've picked up.
Actual parent picking up is implied here.
I guess this is kind of a pick your battles attitude, although she doesn't use that phrase. Use diversion, distraction, or a change of scene. This doesn't mean give in, just distract while, for example, dressing a child who does not want to be dressed. If you do give choices in may be helpful to know that children this age often choose the last choice. I enjoyed this book and thought it was full of good advice, although definitely on the lenient side.
Feb 05, Rachel Bryan rated it it was ok. Overall, I found this book to be outdated. The characteristics of two-year-olds are relatively constant, so that part was interesting.
But, for example, potty training techniques and timing have changed a lot, so this book wasn't helpful in that regard. Also, one part about needing a stern word from Father to get toddlers to stay in bed was eye roll-worthy. View 2 comments. Mar 31, Katherine Wilkins Bienkowski rated it it was amazing. This book was helpful in that it revealed that my terrible 2.
View 1 comment. Jan 13, Emily rated it really liked it. I found it comforting.
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Although the book does give some very good pointers to take you through the journey as a 2 year's parent. But as a father, the book falls short. Because this is an old book, released in , the authors and the thoughts are archaic. The father is very rarely mentioned, and it's the mother who has to change her ways, should find some other mothers who will baby sit. The mother should not lose heart and be patient and yada, yada.. So that was bit of a turn down too. That said it also tells you a lot of things as to how at 2.
Lot of pointers on how to not feel guilty and that it's okay to be mean to your kids in some situations.
At multiple locations it's quite reassuring. But if you were looking for a parenting book for the age of 'terrible two' I wouldn't recommend this book as the first.
Feb 20, Becky rated it it was ok. It took me almost two months to read this because it was non-fiction and not terribly insightful. I did enjoy the things that were totally backwards from today like when she suggested buckling your toddler up in the backseat because some toddlers can be distracting to the driver but on the other hand the front seat allows the child to see more. I learned some things like typical children go through a phase about 18 months and then the "terrible twos" are typically at two and a half years old.
The It took me almost two months to read this because it was non-fiction and not terribly insightful. The main message though was that each child is unique and that while some follow the patterns listed in the book others may not. The section that had actual parent letters and the doctors responses to those situations was pointless. Basically the doctors said "this situation is very common just try to follow a good daily routine and do your best to get through this difficult stage. In the unfortunately quite natural battle for supremacy between parent and child, children are very quick to spot areas in which parents are vulnerable.
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If you can force yourself to remain quite clam as to whether or not, or how much, or what, your child eats, chances are he will quickly appreciate that this is not an area where he can cause excitement or get satisfaction by objecting and insisting. One can practically guarantee that a normally healthy child will not starve himself to death. Your handling may make things better or worse, but you do not produce your child's basic personality, other than through the genes you gave him!
Jul 11, Sara rated it liked it. This book was written in the s and I found some of it very dated. For instance, some techinques involve giving "licks" or tying your child into their room. There is a LOT of very sexist advice about what mothers and fathers should do and very rigid roles, as well as some other pretty out of date notions.
That said, I was reading for advice about my daughter's behavior and how I can react. I did like the specific points that had me nodding in agreementhow giving choices can be great sometim This book was written in the s and I found some of it very dated. It gave me a bit more insight into why she is acting as she is and what I can do to help her grow through it. I did like the points about all these being chances to help her grow and learn, and that they should pass quickly when handled effectively.
I can already see a difference in 1 day from my previous reactions. Nov 25, Christa rated it liked it. My favorite line is: "Do not be surprised if you are unduly fatigued at the end of day. Also the ness of it sh My favorite line is: "Do not be surprised if you are unduly fatigued at the end of day.
Also the ness of it shows in suggestions to have father give directions once mother has been unsuccessful, tie children's doors shut to keep them in their rooms, and to offer them tranquilizers via a doctor, of course! Feb 15, Audrey rated it really liked it. Had an old edition so some of the things seemed dates, but in general really interesting to read. Especially interesting looking at the difference of 2 and 2.
Dec 31, Katie rated it it was ok. I thought it was a 70s book, but then I saw that she recommends other books written in the 90s.
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