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Becoming the Parent you Want to Be: A Source Book of Strategies for the First Five Years
by Laura Davis
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Becoming the Parent you Want to Be: A Source Book of Strategies for the First Five Years

This is a wonderful resource utilizing proactive, compassionate and 'diversity' minded philosophies. To date it is my favorite resource that covers a range of issues, ideas, etc., on being and becoming a parent.

Reviewed by OonaBesman on Jan 4, 2011

The Birth to Five Book: Confident Childrearing Right from the Start
by Brenda Nixon
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The Birth to Five Book: Confident Childrearing Right from the Start

I found this book very reassuring and helpful. The chapters are only about five pages long and each one tackles a specific topic. The writing is straightforward and conversational in tone which makes it engaging and inviting. The book has four main sections: Parenting your Infant, Parenting your Toddler, Parenting your Preschooler, and Parenting Anytime. Many important topics are covered such as child development, whether or not newborns can be spoiled, breastfeeding, reading to your baby, discipline, thumb sucking, and toilet training. There is also an appendix that focuses on child development and an appendix with a list of resources by topic. As a new parent I found this book really helpful!

Reviewed by cockerillj on May 19, 2010

NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children
by Po Bronson
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NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children

Bronson discusses in detail many important issues of parenting such as the following: how children are affected by praise, IQ testing, language development, how kids are affected by loss of sleep, and teen rebellion. Each chapter is dedicated to a specific topic. The discussions are backed up by the findings of numerous scientific studies and interviews which really help to clarify and solidify the point the author is making. In the chapter entitled The Inverse Power of Praise Bronson discusses how praising children may not have the consequences parents intend. Bronson shares the details of a study that focused on how children responded to being praised on their intelligence and how they responded when praised on their effort. The results of this study were striking. The children who were praised for their intelligence didn’t do well when they were challenged with more difficult tests while the children praised for their effort fared much better.

Throughout this book, I was surprised at how often the scientific studies yielded results I wouldn’t expect. I began to think differently about many different aspects of parenting and education. I think this book offers useful information for parents and educators.

Reviewed by cockerillj on Feb 16, 2010

The Baby Book
by William Sears and Martha Sears
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The Baby Book

Nine months into parenthood, my previously pristine copy of The Baby Book is rather dogeared and tattered. I have referred to this book on countless occasions with countless questions about physical development, illness, feeding, and sleeping. As parents, and as a physician and a nurse, the Sears' provide gentle, thoughtful advice on baby care. I highly recommend this book to any parent or caretaker of babies.

Reviewed by harbisons on Jun 22, 2009

I Just Got a Kitten. What Do I Do?
by Mordecai Siegal
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I Just Got a Kitten. What Do I Do?

Having problems with your new furry ball of terror? And what about those teenage years? This book offers step-by-step instructions for raising a well-adjusted cat. It also presents many helpful tips for litter box training and kitty discipline. A must read for all new kitten owners!

Reviewed by ann on Dec 30, 2008

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