H.B. asks from Evansville, IN on February 29, 2008
Need Suggestions on Books Please!
ANyone have any good ideas for good books on raising toddlers? Dicipline, games, etc... My son is 19 months old and it seems as the days go on, he starts to act up more and listen less! My parents were spankers and I do not want to ever resort to that, so Im looking for good books! Thanks!
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C.B. answers from Indianapolis on March 02, 2008
My husband and I are huge fans of the Ezzo and Bucknam duo who wrote On Becoming Babywise. That was the first book we read, but we have since read all of their books. My favorites: On Becoming Toddlerwise, On Becoming Childwise, and On Becoming Preschoolwise. Hope they help you as much as they've helped us!
B.B. answers from Cleveland on March 01, 2008
One of my favorite books is the Gymboree Toddler Activity Book. I found a lot of great things in there to keep my little guy busy. Best wishes!
E.C. answers from Columbus on March 01, 2008
1, 2,3, Magic is a good one for discipline ages 2-12 (though can be adapted slightly for younger than 2) as is Happiest Toddler on the Block.
J.C. answers from Fort Wayne on February 29, 2008
Parenting with Love and Logic
Dare to Discipline
Bringing up Boys
These are all GREAT books!
K.H. answers from Indianapolis on March 01, 2008
I have three children. 17, 9 & 7. We've had our ups and downs, but 99% of the time they are well behaved, polite and a joy to be around. I never have a problem getting a babysitter for the younger ones. The absolute best book I have ever read (its also available in an audio series) is by Zig Ziglar called "Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World". All you have to do is look at Ziglar's life and the lives of his children and know that he did well. Dr. Sears also writes good books based on his experience. You can get Zigs on www.ziglar.com. Get a book written by someone that has children.
A.B. answers from Columbus on March 01, 2008
I really like Love and Logic (teaching children responsibility) by Charles Fay. I am reading it for a second time because I feel like I needed to refresh some of the ideas in my mind.
C.W. answers from Cincinnati on March 01, 2008
Do you have cable or satelite. There are some really good programs that address just thouse issues on Nick. One is Wonderpets and Yo Gabba Gabba is another. They talk about team work. Not hiting friends. Playing together.Also blues is good for teaching to help with clean up of toys.
I am not sure of books but if you have a local library like we do in Cincinnati they can help you find some and they would be free.
I know the above programs work because I watch a 2 year old and he has learned so much in my care. He suprised his mother recently by picking up his toys with out her asking. He does it here all the time.
M.R. answers from Columbus on March 01, 2008
My favorite has always been T. Barry Brazelton's books on development and dicipline because he really tells you why they act the way they do at each age, but read everything you can get your hands on!
The best advice I ever got was from a pre-school teacher. She caught me telling my daughter "don't..." and said to try telling her what I wanted instead of what I did not want her to do. So instead of "don't yell" I would say "speak quietly" and this worked incredebly well! She said that if they have to interpret what we say by having to do the reverse of what they are doing, they have to think too much to get done what you want. But with a clear command of what to do, they can comply and it makes them proud of themselves. You could give it a try while you are looking for good books!
Good for you! M.
M.W. answers from Terre Haute on March 01, 2008
bringing up boys by james dobson is a fabulous book for parenting boys. as for entertaining toddlers, do you have play dates with other moms? take him to the library? there are lots of free, or cheap things you can do with little ones to occupy his time. i'm sure getting out of the house will be a relief for you as well!
S.C. answers from Indianapolis on March 01, 2008
My husband and I have great success with both of our children (1 girl-8 and boy-4) using any of the "Touch Point" books by T. Barry Brazelton. "The Essential Reference" has everything you can imagine about raising children! I think it is a parent MUST HAVE!
Happy reading and good luck,
C.H. answers from Columbus on March 01, 2008
I really liked 'The Happiest Toddler on the Block", it is written by Dr. Harvey Karp. It helps you identify your toddler's personality and gives you ideas for dealing with them based on that.
After reading all of these responses, I'm also going to have to get myself some of Jo Frost's books - I love her show and didn't realize that she has books out as well!