Trees Make the Best Mobiles: Simple Ways to Raise Your Child in a Complex World

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Books like Simplify Your Life and Don't Sweat the Small Stuff have encouraged millions of readers to slow down and enjoy life more. Now, Jessica Teich and Brandel France de Bravo help new parents- who barely have time to return a phone call or wash a sock- learn to do less, listen more, and spend focused, fruitful time with their children. Practical and fun to read, Trees Make the Best Mobiles urges parents to treat every task-even diapering and feeding-as a chance to connect with their child, and gives calming ...

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Trees Make the Best Mobiles: Simple Ways to Raise Your Child in a Complex World

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Overview

Books like Simplify Your Life and Don't Sweat the Small Stuff have encouraged millions of readers to slow down and enjoy life more. Now, Jessica Teich and Brandel France de Bravo help new parents- who barely have time to return a phone call or wash a sock- learn to do less, listen more, and spend focused, fruitful time with their children. Practical and fun to read, Trees Make the Best Mobiles urges parents to treat every task-even diapering and feeding-as a chance to connect with their child, and gives calming advice about hot-button issues from pacifier use to temper tantrums. Parents will be relieved to discover that they don't have to buy lots of stuff-a tree outside a baby's window can serve as a mobile-or shuttle kids from one activity to another. In fact, in today's hectic, high-speed world, children need less "stimulation" and more unhurried interaction with the people who matter most. The authors call their approach "present parenting," because they believe being "present in the moment," without resentment or distraction, is the greatest present any parent can give.

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"Moms-to-be Gwyneth Paltrow and Heidi Klum are gaga for this back-to-basics childcare guide."
- US Weekly, (5/3/2004)

US Weekly

"Moms-to-be Gwyneth Paltrow and Heidi Klum are gaga for this back-to-basics childcare guide."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312303259
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 624,407
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Teich is a journalist and filmmaker.

Brandel France de Bravo is a poet and health educator. Both are mothers of young children and long-time students of RIE, a unique method of infant and toddler care.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Preface xv
The anatomy lesson: changing a diaper 1
I want to be alone: the need for solitude 4
The long and the short: the "real" quality time 7
Baby talk: speaking to your infant 10
Safe at home: keeping your baby safe 13
Thumbs up: pacifiers and thumb-sucking 17
K.i.s.s.: choosing toys 21
Just (don't) say no: empathy 24
You're only a baby once: developmental milestones 27
Hickory, dickory, dock: predictability and routine 30
It's all relative: coparenting 35
Unplugged: television and videos 39
Do as i do: setting an example 41
More k.i.s.s.es: creating a soothing environment 43
Brain aerobics: offering choices 45
Food fight: feeding your baby 50
Being there: slowing down and doing less 54
Body language: active teaching 60
Be a believer: having faith in your child 64
Baby steps: following cues 69
The apple and the tree: respecting your child's choices 73
Walking the walk: learning to walk 77
Octopus mom: setting priorities and simplifying your life 81
In loco parentis: finding a caregiver 85
If it ain't broke, don't fix it: baby gear 92
Mind over manners: etiquette 96
It's my party and I'll cry if i want to: temper tantrums 101
Ashes, ashes: telling the truth 105
Seen and not heard: learning to listen 108
Mirror, mirror on the wall: seeing, not judging 114
The committee of sleep: getting your baby to bed 117
Take my wife, please!: sharing 123
Thought for food: focusing on food 128
Days of whine and roses: whining 133
Potty on!: learning to use the toilet 136
The color of water: recognition versus praise 142
Crime and punishment: discipline 145
Sticks and stones: teasing 150
Carpe diem: flexibility and cooperation 154
Playing for keeps: the benefits of free play 158
Sound and fury: spanking 163
Keeping the peace: siblings 168
The real stuff: tv, computers, and books 174
Footprints: the search for identity 182
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2004

    Prioritizing Simpler, More Effective Family Connections

    Full of wisdom, warmth, clarity, humor, and respect. This book and one other called 'The Pocket Parent' have reminded me of the many simple, common sense things that I already knew but forgot are options to do and say relating to my young children. I am very consciously no longer on automatic (often hysterical) parenting pilot 24/7 (yelling, nagging, obsessing, bribing, competing, rushing, criticizing and punishing). Thanks to these 2 books teaching the many communication and discipline skills that work, there is more peace and joy in our home and more happy quality time spent with our children. Our priorities are changing and we are deciding what we need to do differently to reach our short- and long-term family goals. If you have young children, check out both of these eye-opening supportive books, chockful of suggestions that can change your life. The bottom line is so simple...we just need to embrace it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2002

    A diamond in the rough of parenting books

    This book is a gem. If you're a practiced mindful parent, you will appreciate the well-written and thoughtful reminders of how to 'be' with children. If you are new to the more simple ways of living, you will treasure the insight and practical advice given here. The chapters are short, easy and a pleasure to read. This is one of my favorite books to recommend.

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