The Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvey Karp
The New Way to Stop the Daily Battle of Wills and Raise a Secure and Well-Behaved One- to Four-Year-Old

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Toddlers can drive you bonkers…so adorable and fun one minute…so stubborn and demanding the next! Yet, as unbelievable as it sounds, there is a way to turn the daily stream of “nos” and “don’ts” into “yeses” and hugs…if you know how to speak your toddler’s language. In one of the most useful advances in parenting techniques of the past twenty-five years, Dr. Karp reveals that toddlers, with their immature brains and stormy outbursts, should be thought of not as pint-size people but as pintsize…cavemen.

Having noticed that the usual techniques often failed to calm crying toddlers, Dr. Karp discovered that the key to effective communication was to speak to them in their own primitive language. When he did, suddenly he was able to soothe their outbursts almost every time! This amazing success led him to the realization that children between the ages of one and four go through four stages of “evolutionary” growth, each linked to the development of the brain, and each echoing a step in prehistoric humankind’s journey to civilization:

• The “Charming Chimp-Child” (12 to 18 months): Wobbles around on two legs, grabs everything in reach, plays a nonstop game of “monkey see monkey do.”
• The “Knee-High Neanderthal” (18 to 24 months): Strong-willed, fun-loving, messy, with a vocabulary of about thirty words, the favorites being “no” and “mine.”
• The “Clever Caveman” (24 to 36 months):
Just beginning to learn how to share, make friends, take turns, and use the potty.
• The “Versatile Villager” (36 to 48 months): Loves to tell stories, sing songs and dance, while trying hard to behave.

To speak to these children, Dr. Karp has developed two extraordinarily effective techniques:
1) The “fast food” rule—restating what your child has said to make sure you got it right;
2) The four-step rule—using gesture, repetition, simplicity, and tone to help your
irate Stone-Ager be happy again.

Once you’ve mastered “toddler-ese,” you will be ready to apply behavioral techniques specific to each stage of your child’s development, such as teaching patience and calm, doing time-outs (and time-ins), praise through “gossiping,” and many other strategies. Then all the major challenges of the toddler years—including separation anxiety, sibling rivalry, toilet training, night fears, sleep problems, picky eating, biting and hitting, medicine taking can be handled in a way that will make your toddler feel understood. The result: fewer tantrums, less yelling, and, best of all, more happy, loving time for you and your child.

About Harvey Karp

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Harvey Karp, M.D., is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine, with a private practice in Santa Monica. Author ofThe Happiest Baby on the Block, Dr. Karp is a nationally renowned expert in child development, children’s health and the environment, and breast-feeding. He lives with his wife and daughter in California. For further information and for information about the award-winningThe Happiest BabyDVD/video andThe Happiest ToddlerDVD/video, please visit Paula Spencer is a freelance writer whose eight books includeThe V BookandMomfidence!: An Oreo Never Killed AnybodyandOther Secrets of Happier Parenting. Author of the “Momfidence!” column inWoman’s Day, she is also a contributing editor toParentingandBaby Talk. She lives with her husband and four children in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Published August 26, 2008 by Bantam. 336 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Popular pediatrician Karp (The Happiest Baby on the Block) points out that 60%–80% of parents say their kids have sleep problems.

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Karp, a pediatrician in Santa Monica, Calif., and assistant professor at the School of Medicine, UCLA, offers a new method to calm and soothe crying infants.

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Viewing toddlers as primitive thinkers akin to prehistoric man, Karp divides his patients into developmental groups: the "Charming Chimp-Child" (12 to 18 months), the "Knee-High Neanderthal" (18 to 24 months), the "Clever Cave-Kid" (24 to 36 months) and the "Versatile Villager" (36 to 48 months).

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If you have school age children, the anxiety of back to school can leave you exhausted.

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Portland Book Review

Dr. Harvey Karp, one of America’s most well known pediatricians and author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block now has his first book in seven years The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep.

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Dr. Harvey Karp quickly became America's favorite pediatrician after the release of this national bestseller, a manual written to help parents solve one of the most potentially terrifying problems: how to soothe the crying newborn.

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And honestly who is going to turn down a chance to have the following tagline “The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer”, that is something that new parents are going to jump all over.

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