SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years

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The first three years of life are the most important for nurturing a child's full potential: that's when they start forming attachments, developing a sense of self, and learning to trust. During this time, there are critical windows of opportunity that parents can take advantage of-if they know how. In a dozen succinct yet information-packed chapters, award-winning columnist and professional therapist Dr. Jenn Berman gives parents the knowledge they need. Her enlightening sidebars, bulleted lists, and concrete, ...

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Overview

The first three years of life are the most important for nurturing a child's full potential: that's when they start forming attachments, developing a sense of self, and learning to trust. During this time, there are critical windows of opportunity that parents can take advantage of-if they know how. In a dozen succinct yet information-packed chapters, award-winning columnist and professional therapist Dr. Jenn Berman gives parents the knowledge they need. Her enlightening sidebars, bulleted lists, and concrete, easy-to-use strategies will help parents raise happy, healthy babies…who grow to be flourishing toddlers and successful adults.

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Every attentive parent knows that the first three years of life are vital for nurturing your child's full true potential. Establishing a baby or toddler's sense of identity, empathy, trust, and emotional intelligence isn't always an inbred skill for mothers and fathers, but it can be sharpened under the encouraging tutelage of psychotherapist/author Dr. Jenn Berman (The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy Confident Kids). "Doctor Jenn" uses her expertise and communication skills to teach lessons that can benefit your offspring in all his or her future years. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

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The popular author of The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy, Confident Kids focuses now on the first critical years in a baby's life. Berman's direct and caring approach includes advice from parenting experts and insights gained from her own experience as a therapist and mother. Twelve key areas are covered, ranging from The Importance of Play to Creating Security and Predictability, and well-organized chapters are laid out with easy-reference suggestions, tips, guides, and breakout boxes where experts weigh in on topics: Too Many Screens in the Lives of Too Many Children, for instance, features a real-life examination of the methods two sets of parents use to cope with their toddlers at a restaurant, and the ramifications. Berman doesn't shy away from hot-button issues like exposure to TV and spanking, the latter allowing her to share 10 reasons why you shouldn't, including "Experiencing pain does not teach children to develop a conscience." It's not about raising an "überbaby," Berman notes, but about aspiring to be a super parent who raises an empathetic, resilient, and emotionally intelligent child. Her comprehensive, accessible book will arm parents with a valuable tool that will help them do just that.
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"Dr. Jenn," author of the award-winning The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy Confident Kids, here focuses on the first three years of life, presenting the latest research and tips from leading experts demonstrating how best to take advantage of this critical window of development that forms the foundation for attachment, a sense of self, and trust. In chapters covering such topics as communication, language development, security, and the importance of play, Berman does a good job of translating the research into practical applications and giving sample dialog to use with youngsters. Some of this is a bit over-the-top for most of us (e.g., reading three books per day in a foreign language), but this title is receiving a lot of publicity, and libraries will want to have it available. Recommended. Julianne J. Smith, "Parenting Short Takes", Booksmack!, 10/21/10
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402770333
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 147,363
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. Alan Greene xi

Introduction xiii

A Note to the Reader xvi

1 Talk the Talk: Respectful Communication 1

2 You Got Me! Responding to Cues 29

3 Tick-Tock: Creating Security and Predictability 49

4 Let Your Fingers Do the Walking: The Importance of Touch 71

5 More Than Chitchat: Promoting Language Development 91

6 Talk to the Hand: Sign Language 117

7 Babies without Borders: Foreign Language 141

8 Baby Got Book: Reading 175

9 A Different Kind of Toy Story: The Importance of Play 209

10 Thinking Outside the Box: Screen Time 239

11 It's Easy Being Green: Reducing Exposure to Toxic Chemicals 271

12 Food for Thought: Eating and Nutrition 305

Appendix A Child Care 345

Appendix B Preschool 358

Appendix C Sample Baby Schedules 369

Appendix D Reducing the Risk of SIDS 375

References 379

Resources 404

Acknowledgments 408

Index 410

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  • Posted August 25, 2010

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    Common Sense and Helpful

    As my husband and I prepare for our first child, I have been researching various parenting books to try and prepare a gameplan for how we want to parent, and of the dozen or so books I have looked at, this one was one of the best so far. I was skeptical at first, thinking that this book would be another gimmicky exploration in bizarre, complicated and expensive things to press your child into becoming a super-genius. Instead, right off the bat the author simply talks about building blocks that a baby needs to be healthy and happy and smart and well adjusted. The great majority of these techniques are very simple and are how best to just spend time with your baby, interact with them and let them be babies. Some of her "building blocks" do involve some extra time and energy, such as teaching your child to be multilingual, but she breaks down some of the more daunting sounding tasks into managable parts that make it seem more do-able. I liked that all of the author's bulding blocks are firmly backed not only by anecdotal evidence of her own children and others, but also by her experience with many children as a child therapist and most importantly by many studies and well documented research.

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    SuperBaby is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted March 16, 2012

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    Finally a parenting style I can be in tune with! This book is gr

    Finally a parenting style I can be in tune with! This book is great for any parent who wants to raise happy healthy well adjusted children. I like the empathetic parenting approach where you can learn to have a better emotional and intellectual relationship with your child without all the drama. Starting from the beginning the book educates you in the way to avoid poor behavior pitfalls and to raise emotionally intelligent children that you can mold into respectful understanding people. I only gave the book 4 stars because it repeats some information, but it's an exceptional book!

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

    Great Book

    This is an enjoyable book full of valuable information and ideas. I would defnitely recommend it.

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