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#1 of 16 Old 12-20-2002, 04:57 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I need some inspiration -- Anybody know of a good book about the joys of life with a toddler? (That's not a totally sarcastic comment -- ds is SUCH a joy, but he's also um . . . challenging sometimes.) You know, a book that talks about the developmental stage and how it's normal for them to be "negative" and to wig out on us when they can't have the WHOLE box of cereal dumped out on the kitchen floor.

I've read The Magic Years by Freiberg and just checked out a daily affirmations for toddler moms kind of book . . . Any others?
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Good question! I just looked on the Mothering book reviews and didn't see anything other than the "Magic Years" and "Everyday Blessings" (both of which I know you've read) that sounded like what you are looking for. I am constantly referring to The Baby Book, The Successful Child, and The Discipline Book (ALL VERY AWESOME!!) for inspiration and ideas on how to redirect, avoid power struggles, and how to handle everyday toddler situations. I'm sure those suggestions surprise you coming from me and you may already own those books. I wonder if anyone else has any suggestions. BTW, I purchased "The Spirited Child" by Kuchinka (sp?) and I returned it. My Searses books were more my speed. I just couldn't get into her book even though so many people have raved about it.

Good luck! Peace!

Edited to add "Everyday Blessings" as an inspirational book, but b/c I know Breathe from the Mindful Parenting Book Club on MDC I guess that's why neither one of us thought to mention "Everyday Blessings," which by the way is wonderful and I'm glad Saraha suggested it further down this thread.
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It's not exclusively about toddlers, but I really have enjoyed Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting
by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Their philosophy of parenting is ideally suited for dealing with a toddler, and it's a book you can pick up over and over again, even when your kids are in high school!

edited to change todder to toddler. Not that it matters.
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Playful Parenting by Laurence Cohen. Mostly about "older" kids, but gave us lot of fantastic ideas.
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Someone here recommended Smart Love to me, and I really like the toddler section.
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Most of the books I pick up are about either babies or older kids...even toddler books are more about almost preschoolers...not this 1yo monkey--climbing thing I have going on. And a lot of toddler moms seem to be the most in need of ideas and resources.
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I really like "Playful Parenting," and "Everyday Blessings" which have already been mentioned.

My favorite, favorite parenting book, though is "You Are Your Child's First Teacher" by Rahima Baldwin Dancy. I always find it reassuring and comforting about whatever may be going on with us at the time!

And another vote NOT for Raising Your Spirited Child. I know it's really helped a lot of people, but it just didn't click with me. Maybe it's just more appropriate for older children?
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I'm enjoying "Girlfriends Guide to the Toddler Years", it's not really a "reference" book more a casual read that tells you everything is quite normal through this stage. It's quite humourous at times too.
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Thanks for the suggestions, Everyone! I'll add that my LLL leader suggested Mothering Your Nursing Toddler and I've read only 3 pages but love it so far! My Xmas gift to myself this year is cutting out all TV and reading wonderful books instead!

Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, etc. to all!
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You're so awesome, Breathe! I wish I would have suggested that book (Mothering Your Nursing Toddler) to you. I read that in May as a suggestion for future reading from one of our LLL leaders and I loved it and have suggested it to many moms b/c I really found it so helpful. I'm glad you found out about it.

Happy, happy everything to you too!
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Thanks "Curly Locks" (that one's gonna take a little getting used to for me!)!

Just wanted to tell you that you're my inspiration for giving up TV! So thank you, thank you, thank you for all you've taught me already, Heather. I look forward to many shared lessons together in the future!
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Vicky Iovine's Girlfriend Guides are mainstream, but a good laugh and help get things in perspective. Helped me a lot. Helped me learn to laugh, instead of despair.
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For more humor, a little less mainstream, check out The Big Rumpus by Ayun Halliday. Awesome book.
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I'm enjoying "Girlfriends Guide to the Toddler Years", it's not really a "reference" book more a casual read that tells you everything is quite normal through this stage. It's quite humourous at times too.
I LOVE this book. It is so funny, and uplifting, and it has a few really inspiring moments that make you think, but at the same time being real, and somewhat comical.

I love it!
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Thanks "Curly Locks" (that one's gonna take a little getting used to for me!)!
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Just wanted to tell you that you're my inspiration for giving up TV! So thank you, thank you, thank you for all you've taught me already, Heather. I look forward to many shared lessons together in the future!
Ditto!!!! Like I said earlier, "You're so awesome" and I meant it! MDC moms give me hope for the future and hope everyday I read their posts. It was a "Mothering" mom I know IRL that inspired me to quit watching TV.

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I also love The Discipline Book by Sears(I'm currently reading The Family Nutrition Book; Mothering Your Nursing Toddler; You are your Child's First Teacher; Watch Me grow: I'm 2; believe it or not, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer for Toddlers(I know...when I first heard about this lady I thought..goody, more cio advice, but the toddler book is actually good although I need to get it again from the library to finish). I also think Vicki Iovine is great(although, she is mainstream one time in her column which is in Child magazine she gave some cool advice to a mom nursing her toddler.)
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