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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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2008

    Happy Mommy

    Got this book a few weeks ago and have already diminished some of the everyday tantrums and battles my 15 month old was having! It seems as if he feels understood and he is a lot more easily redirected now that I have incorporated some 'toddler-ese' when we start having a meltdown.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2005


    I thought that this book was very disappointing. I heard and read such good reviews on it, but when I got it I was so disappointed! First, his references to monkeys/apes and the human race is not for this Christian family. If he did it once in awhile I would have been ok with it and probably just ignore it, but when literally 1/2 of the book references us as primates is just not for us. Second, he wants me to speak to my child like a dog -- literally! I feel like I am demeaning my child. I know children understand more than we think. Thirdly, I could have skipped the first couple of chapters since the 'meat' of the book isn't until a little bit before the middle. If you're ok with all I wrote, then get the book. I'll give you mine!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2004

    reads like long textbook

    I returned it. It's rather long winded and heavy. If there is good advice in it, it's buried and hard to find.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2004

    Dr. Karp Does It Again!!

    I couldn¿t have lived without The Happiest Baby on the Block and think Dr. Karp¿s new Toddler book is just as wonderful. He really presents an interesting theory. If we stop and think about it, all parents know that their toddler acts like a caveman at times. (It's no accident they named one of the toddlers on the Flintstones 'BamBam!') I know a few parents don't believe in evolution, but we all want ways to teach our young children to be happy, respectful and well behaved...and Dr. Karp really delivers on his promise. His approach is fun, easy and EFFECTIVE. It dramatically helped my uncivilized little toddler in just a few days! For those who don¿t have the time to delve into ¿another parenting book,¿ Dr. Karp has thoughtfully created a DVD. This is a great way for busy moms and dads to get all of the tips, while bypassing the theory. It¿s 30 minutes of solid advice. This is the only way I finally got my husband to sit down and learn the techniques¿and he really loved it. It has truly transformed the way he communicates with our two year old...and made their relationship 100 times better!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2004

    Battle of the Wills No More

    Battle of the Wills soon faded in our home. Needless to say, we did what Dr. Karp said to do over and over and finally, our twin girls got it. It seems odd in the beginning but then, bam, it all works. We love his knowledge about toddlers and now know that his words of wisdom really work. We also love Pocket Parent and Mommy-CEO. Both books cover many topics surrounding toddlers and are a must have with Dr. Karp's book. The three of them saved our sanity!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2004

    Many Techniques Really Work...although a bit awkward at first

    Although the analogy to prehistoric man is overdone a bit, there are so many sensible, clear strategies to try with 1-4 year olds that really are working for us. Talking toddler-ese has really made a difference in the cooperation we are now getting from our 2 and 3 year olds. Mirroring their feelings and 'wants' with short, repeated phrases that reflect the child's words, tone and body lauguage has quickly and almost magically stopped much of my toddlers' defiant, annoying behaviors. Karp emphasizes that what you say to someone who is really upset is less important than HOW YOU SAY IT. And his theory has proven itself to be correct in our home. The only suggestion in the book that I have a problem with is using a hook and eye latch to lock a child in his room even for a very short time-out. I feel this can be scary for the child and although it may get the child to know that you do mean business, I prefer not to get compliance from my children with fear, guilt or humiliation. Karp does suggest that you explain to the child in 'toddler-ese' how the locking mechanism works (before you use it) so that the toddler will know the door will not open when mom does use it. I also recommend another one of my favorite parenting reference books as a compliment to Karp's hardcover book called 'The Pocket Parent'. This is a very practical, quick read, little paperback book loaded with many positive discipline and communications tips written exclusively for parents of 2-5 year olds. Peppered with humor and organized alphabetically by behaviors such as: Anger, Bad Words, Biting, Bedtime and Mealtime Refusals, the 'Gimmees', Interrrupting, Morning 'Crazies', and Whining...Pocket Parent is a real sanity saver. Both books will lift your spirits with specific ideas to try as well as loads of compassionte support from authors that have been there, too... especially when you feel you are just about at your wits' end with the little ones.

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