What's My Child Thinking?

What's My Child Thinking?

by Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Tanith Carey
What's My Child Thinking?

What's My Child Thinking?

by Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Tanith Carey


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Make every moment with your child count. Tap into the psychology behind your child's behavior at every stage of development, and respond with confidence.

Find out what your child really means when he says "Look what I did", "But I'm not tired," or "You're embarrassing me," and discover what's really going on when he can't express himself at all.

Using more than 100 everyday scenarios, the book leads you through each one step by step, explaining not only your child's behavior and the psychology behind it but also your own feelings as a parent. It then gives instant recommendations for what you could say and do in response to best resolve the situation.

Covering all your child's developmental milestones from ages 2 to 7 years, What's My Child Thinking? covers important issues, such as temper tantrums, friendships (real and imaginary), sibling rivalry, aggressive behavior, and peer pressure. There's also a bank of practical "survival guides" for critical times, such as traveling in the car, eating out, and going online safely.

Rooted in evidence-based clinical psychology and championing positive parenting, What's My Child Thinking? will help you tune in to your child's innermost thoughts and be the parent you want to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781465479372
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 02/19/2019
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, is an author, psychologist, and mother of four based in Princeton, New Jersey, whose work focuses on parenting and children's feelings and friendships. She is a professor for the online teaching site The Great Courses, serves on the advisory board for Parents magazine, and blogs for Psychology Today, PBS Parents, and US News & World Report. Dr. Kennedy-Moore has been a featured guest on The TODAY Show and other US television and radio shows and is frequently quoted in major magazines and newspapers. She is the creator of DrFriendtastic.com, and her newest book is Growing Friendships: A Kid's Guide to Making and Keeping Friends.

Tanith Carey is an experienced journalist and author who writes on the most pressing challenges facing today's parents. Her eight previous books have been translated into 15 languages. Having spent time working in the US as an editor and writer before returning to the UK, Tanith has insight on both sides of the Atlantic and her writing has been featured in a wide range of publications, including the Telegraph, the Times, the Daily Mirror, and the New York Daily News. Tanith also regularly appears on TV and radio programs, such as The TODAY Show.

Table of Contents

Foreword 8

Introduction 10

1 What Do You Want For Your Child?

Your own childhood experience 14

What are your values? 16

Be your child's emotion coach 18

A "good enough" parent 20

2 How Children Develop

How children learn 24

Your child's brain 26

Milestones: 2-3 years 28

Milestones: 4-5 years 30

Milestones; 6-7 years 32

3 2-3 Years Old

That's mine! 36

I do it! 38

No! No! No! 40

No broccoli! 42

Parents' survival guide Eating out 44

Blue cup. No, yellow cup. No, blue cup 46

Daddy, sit there! 48

No coat! 50

Mommy don't go! 52

Parents' survival guide Hitting and biting 54

Want your phone! 56

I want more! 58

Don't like her 60

Parents' survival guide Shyness 62

Let's pretend 64

I want it now! 66

I'm not finished 68

Please, please, please 70

Not Mommy, Want Daddy 72

Parents' survival guide Sleep difficulties 74

Want this story 76

I like this stick 78

What does this one do? 80

One for you, one for me 82

Parents' survival guide Carving out quality time 84

When is tomorrow? 86

4 4-5 Years Old

I want a cuddle 90

Look what I did! 92

I want my pacifier! 94

Are you sad, Mommy? 96

I'm so mad! 98

I'm just going to do it 100

That's so funny! 102

Can Mr. Giraffe sit down, too? 104

Parents' survival guide Moving away 106

I love being with you 108

Why is the sky blue? 110

But I didn't hear you 112

When I was little 114

I give up 116

I'm scared of the dark 118

I'm telling 120

Parents' survival guide Car trips 122

You love her more 124

I lost teddy 126

You're always too busy 128

I hate her 130

I feel sad 132

I never wanted a little brother 134

Parents' survival guide Dealing with a sick child 136

They called me a crybaby 138

I had a bad dream 140

I didn't do it 142

I had an accident 144

She's not listening 146

I don't want to clean up 148

You have to 150

You can't come to my party 152

Parents' survival guide Birthday parties 154

I don't want to 156

I wet the bed 158

Will bad people hurt us? 160

It feels good 162

Was that good? 164

Why did Grandpa die? 166

You promised 168

Parents' survival guide Separation and divorce 170

I want it to be perfect 172

No coloring on the wall 174

5 6-7 Years Old

I have to tell you something! 178

It's not fair! 180

I can't do it 182

I hate you! 184

But Mommy said I could 186

Parents' survival guide Good manners 188

No one likes me 190

They're being mean to me 192

I wish I had a different family 194

I don't want to go to school 196

She's my best friend 198

Parents' survival guide School pressure 200

Homework is boring 202

I'm the best 204

You're embarrassing me 206

But all my friends have one 208

I'm the worst 210

Parents' survival guide Money matters 212

Stop fighting! 214

But I'm not tired 216

I'm bored 218

I'm not as good as them 220

I've got a boyfriend 222

I'm not playing anymore! 224

Parents' survival guide The digital world 226

Where do babies come from? 228

Do I have to do music practice? 230

What's a stranger? 232

My diary-keep out! 234

Why do you have to go to work? 236

You never let me do anything 238

I want a phone 240

My legs are too fat 242

Parents' survival guide After-school activities 244

References 246

Index 250

Acknowledgments 256

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