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I was given this book way back in 1990, when my eldest son was just leaving babyhood. I thought the first 18 months were tough but nothing prepared me for toddlerhood; suddenly my child was questioning my every move and simple requests were met with a torrent of abuse! I put it all down to jealousy until I was given this book; once I started to read it, I realised that all of his behaviour was quite normal, and that I could look forward to it with child number two (wonderful!!).**What is Toddler Taming?**
There is also an appendix, covering miscellaneous milestones and facts, recommended immunisation, heights and weights and useful names and addresses.Although the book looks quite weighty, each of the chapters is divided into smaller sub sections, some of which are one paragraph, and there are amusing illustrations throughout. This makes it a really easy book to read either in one go (would any one with a toddler have the time?) or as a reference book, scanning through various chapters as needed.
There is a lot of wise advise in this book to help you to get your child through the first four years of life without going mad. What came out of this for me was the fact that you are not alone (almost every child has "challenging" behaviour at some time) and that this period of their life ends at about four and a half…I knew there was hope!!The book is obviously too long to go through chapter by chapter, but I want to share some of the main ideas I picked up along the way…
** Age of Unrest**
Toddler tantrums are extremely distressing and are a normal part of development, as a child suddenly has a sense of himself and his/her own free will; he is still unable to control situations and so starts to see a sense of unfairness (the start of teenage angst!!)
Whilst I was beginning to think that the change in behaviour was my fault, Green suggests that bad behaviour is almost always attention seeking and if they can't get it by fair means, they will resort to any underhand tactics to get that attention they so crave.
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