Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science

Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science

by Tracy Cutchlow


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Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science by Tracy Cutchlow

NOTE: This is the TEXT-ONLY paperback edition of Zero to Five. For full color, photographs, and a larger format, please see the hardcover edition.

"The coolest—and easiest—book for new parents" (Parents magazine)

You could read dozens of books on brain development, parenting styles, and positive discipline. You could spend hours searching online for baby/toddler/preschooler sleep, feeding kids, screen time, and “my kid is hitting me.”

Or you could flip open Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science.

Friendly and practical, Zero to Five draws on tried-and-true research from experts, covering an impressive range of the topics most important to parents today.

Zero to Five draws on scientific research from a wide range of experts, including Diana Baumrind (parenting styles), Dimitri Christakis (screen time), Adele Diamond (neuroscience and executive function), Carol Dweck (growth mindset), Alison Gopnik (child psychology), John Gottman (marriage and conflict resolution), Megan McClelland (executive function), Patricia Kuhl (language acquisition), Ellyn Satter (feeding children), Dan Siegel (emotions), Paul Torrance (creative thinking), Grover Whitehurst (literacy and reading comprehension), and more.

Then Cutchlow makes it all readable, for that 2-minute break you’ve got during your sleep-deprived day. Zero to Five is the book she wished she had as a new mom.

This parenting book is for you

...if you want solid, not trendy, information—studies that have stood the test of time

…if you are new to parenting or looking for new ideas

…if you want real-world examples of applying the research: not just what but how

…if you are tired of time-outs, bribing, and counting to 3

…if you want word-for-word examples for responding to tantrums, hitting, biting, not sharing, talking back, and not listening

…if you are worried about television and screen time

…if you want to do things differently than your parents did

...if you work with families as a professional and need evidence-based resources (pediatricians, parent educators, child-care providers, home visitors, and family therapists all rate Zero to Five highly)

…if you want to enjoy parenting, not just survive it

Zero to Five is your quick and easy guide to the best practices in parenting. Learn more at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998919232
Publisher: Pear Press
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Sales rank: 544,375
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Tracy Cutchlow is the editor of Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Baby. As a journalist at The Seattle Times , she was a Pulitzer finalist. She serves on the boards of Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS) and the Children’s Screen Time Action Network. She lives in Seattle with her husband and their spirited daughter.

Table of Contents


Peace and quiet, please (at first) 7

Bolster your friendships 8

Eating for two? Not exactly 10

Exercise thirty minutes a day 12

Sing or read to your belly 14

Stress less 16

Share the chores equally 18

If you're suffering, get help 22

Expect conflict as a couple 26

Know you can't truly be prepared 28

Envision baby all grown up 30


Prepare to be amazed 34

Create a feeling of safety 36

Comfort newborn with the familiar 38

Cuddle with baby 40

Get in sync 42

Smile, hug, encourage 44

Include baby 45


Speak in a singsongy voice 50

Talk to your baby a ton 52

Read together 58

Say, "You worked so hard!" 62

Teach sign language 68

Plan playdates in a second Language 71

Sleep, eat & potty

Guard your sleep 76

Guard baby's sleep, too 78

Help baby sleep better at night 80

Give baby chances to self-soothe 84

Crying it out, a certain way, is OK 88

Say "Excuse me" to keep kids in bed 92

Make bedtime less crazy 94

Be laid-back about breastfeeding 96

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." 98

Let baby decide how much to eat 102

Offer the opportunity to potty 104


Let baby touch that 108

Save the box 109

Make music with baby 110

When kids snatch toys, wait and see 113

Play at self-control 116

What makes a great playroom 122

Make-believe 124

Nurture creativity 128

Ask "Why?" and "What if?" 130


Ask for help 134

Choose empathy first 136

Create more ups than downs 138

Know your child 140

Hold weekly family meetings 144

Put down your phone 146

(Almost) no TV before age 2 148

A little TV after age 2 150

Make screen time social 154

Encourage mistakes, discomfort, and boredom 156


Be firm but warm 160

Follow four rules about rules 166

Emotion first. Problem second. 170

Label intense emotions 172

Say what you see 176

Guide instead of punish 180

Plan ahead to avoid trouble 194

Rock your routines 197

Call a calm-down, not a time-out 199

Ask, "Can you think of a better way?" 202


Rock, jiggle, and swing 206

Keep moving 208

Slow down

Be still 216

Don't bother to compare 220

Find your own work-family balance 222

Be more, do less 227

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