So I've recently started reading while Colin nurses. He gets so distracted these days I've had to retreat to his room to feed him so I've started keeping a book in there. I've been reading The Happiest Toddler on the Block It is by the same author who wrote, The Happiest Baby on the Block, Harvey Karp. Sean and I could not have lived without the advise from that book when we first brought Colin home, so I thought I would see what he has to say about toddlers. This is obviously a wee bit pre-mature but Colin is already showing a bit of a stubborn streak so I wanted to get a head start.
All things considered, I like the book. I really like his writing style and use of examples. His theory is that our toddlers are like little cave-men. They have limited language and minimal logic, they are ruled mostly by emotion and impulse (I know some adults like that!) because their brains are still developing. One point that I found very interesting is that adults are very good at speaking a toddlers language when he is happy. Saying "MmMMm yummy cracker", instead of "Are you finding that cracker to you liking Colin?" but when they are upset all of a sudden our language becomes more complex "Colin, we don't bite when we are mad, we use our words". He explains when kids are upset they simply hear "Colin blah blah blah blah blah blah" so it stands to reason they would miss the message entirely. He offers lots of tips and solutions for turning off tantrums before they start and shortening them when they do.
If you have a child between the ages of 1 and 5 it might be worth the read! I certainly found it interesting. I can't comment on how well it works yet, but I'll let you know in a year or so!
Next on my pile of books to read: Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day
I really think I need to get a little table to hold my books and my water, but I think Sean would pass out if I try to squeeze another piece of furniture in that room (but it would totally fit!)