|About the Book|
Is your toddler making your life a misery? Are tantrums and defiance a regular part of your daily parenting struggle?This book is for anyone who feels powerless to control their child, but are wracked with guilt when they lose their temper- anyoneMoreIs your toddler making your life a misery? Are tantrums and defiance a regular part of your daily parenting struggle?This book is for anyone who feels powerless to control their child, but are wracked with guilt when they lose their temper- anyone who knows there must be a better way than shouting and Time Out.Harriet Morris is the founder of parenting website toddler-ideas.com, which helps over 3,000 parents a month. This book describes three routes to more confident & harmonious parenting: understanding, techniques and empowermentUnderstanding why children aged 1 to 4 misbehave is vital. Because of the intense developmental changes of toddlerhood, they become like overenthusiastic superheroes – SuperToddlers - who take their new-found skills too far. The same innate abilities that allow them to persevere with walking, talking and social skills make them want to decorate your kitchen wall with jam, snatch toys on playdates and run into the road.Part 2 is packed with techniques that channel these abilities and appeal to your child’s need for independence in a safe and cooperative way, while keeping you firmly in control. Working with SuperToddler psychology, you persuade and distract rather than force – it’s a win-win situation. Strategies include:*4 alternatives to Time Out*How to diffuse tantrums using picture cards*The specific ways to offer choices to transform defiance into cooperation*How to say no to your child in a firm but calm way*What to do when ordinary distraction techniques fail*How to check your child actually understands your instructions*Avoiding bribery*The 2 words that will help any toddler accept a change of activityWhile many of these techniques will empower both you and your toddler, the author recognises that sometimes absolutely nothing works with this age group. She explains why ordinary positive thinking is doomed to failure, and what to replace it with - a practical mental toolkit that even the most jaded sceptics can use to develop an empowered mindset - ideas like the mental loyalty card and short term change trials.The Toddler Behaviour Handbook is not a book that preaches perfection. Instead it offers hands-on solutions for even the most stressed & overwhelmed parent. If you want to finally enjoy the life with your toddler, and be the parent you know you can be, then this is the book for you.