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

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

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

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312303259
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/21/2002
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.47(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

The anatomy lesson: changing a diaper1
I want to be alone: the need for solitude4
The long and the short: the "real" quality time7
Baby talk: speaking to your infant10
Safe at home: keeping your baby safe13
Thumbs up: pacifiers and thumb-sucking17
K.i.s.s.: choosing toys21
Just (don't) say no: empathy24
You're only a baby once: developmental milestones27
Hickory, dickory, dock: predictability and routine30
It's all relative: coparenting35
Unplugged: television and videos39
Do as i do: setting an example41
More creating a soothing environment43
Brain aerobics: offering choices45
Food fight: feeding your baby50
Being there: slowing down and doing less54
Body language: active teaching60
Be a believer: having faith in your child64
Baby steps: following cues69
The apple and the tree: respecting your child's choices73
Walking the walk: learning to walk77
Octopus mom: setting priorities and simplifying your life81
In loco parentis: finding a caregiver85
If it ain't broke, don't fix it: baby gear92
Mind over manners: etiquette96
It's my party and I'll cry if i want to: temper tantrums101
Ashes, ashes: telling the truth105
Seen and not heard: learning to listen108
Mirror, mirror on the wall: seeing, not judging114
The committee of sleep: getting your baby to bed117
Take my wife, please!: sharing123
Thought for food: focusing on food128
Days of whine and roses: whining133
Potty on!: learning to use the toilet136
The color of water: recognition versus praise142
Crime and punishment: discipline145
Sticks and stones: teasing150
Carpe diem: flexibility and cooperation154
Playing for keeps: the benefits of free play158
Sound and fury: spanking163
Keeping the peace: siblings168
The real stuff: tv, computers, and books174
Footprints: the search for identity182
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