I was also another mama that read a lot during pregnancy - not so much now! I did read Unconditional Parenting....twice. :) I have downloaded playful parenting to my phone from previous recommendations on this site but haven't had a chance to read it yet. Unconditional Parenting though....that book was made for me. :)
book on toddler parenting? - Page 2
I'm not much help on books... I've read a bunch but can't point to one I thought was great for the age your son is at. I think at that point, you're still dealing more with "redirecting" tactics, more so than "discipline" and a lot of books are more "discipline" related. I think at that age, redirecting, and also making everything FUN and EXCITING and a GAME! helps a lot. At least that's what I vaguely remember. Singing goofy songs... stuff like that. It takes a LOT of energy, that I do remember. Take care!
The Baby Whisperer has quite a bit on Toddlers, which I actually found more beneficial than the baby part...
here is a link to a nice and short daily email digest:
And I just ran across this book: "healing stories for challenging behaviors"
But the most important advice I ever got was to take my children seriously, to listen to them, to acknowledge their feelings, wants and needs to explain my needs and wants in short and simple words; aside from keeping the child well fed and rested, which is a big part of keeping them and us happy.
I found the babywhisperer very cruel.
Edited by belltree - 10/4/11 at 10:37am
I subscribe to the "daily groove" and find it very helpful. I forward relevant emails on to my husband who has actually said he likes them. He's more mainstream in his thinking than I am but still finds them helpful. We also watched the "happiest toddler" DVD together. Some of it we use some of it we don't. I def. find a lot of the parenting books/DVDs/emails and such is hit or miss. We take what we want and ignore the rest.
I just wanted to come back to this thread and give a heartfelt THANK YOU for the recommendations of the Daily Groove and the AHAparenting daily list.
Every time I get those messages it's like a breath of fresh air- a reminder that we ARE doing it right, but we can strive to do even better. It's the daily recentering I need- especially in the holidays- to keep the focus on loving my son.
Thank you, thank you.