Remember when I was bragging about my wonderful child, Nana. Terrible Twos? What are you talking about. And you say three is worse? Pshaw. She’s not that kind of child. She is rainbows and sunshine, sugar and spice and everything nice.
Sooo. Yeah. I was wrong about that. Nana is slowly becoming a child who disobeys me while looking me straight in the face. She sometimes has the nerve to have a sly look while doing it. She is slowful, taking forever to follow a simple direction.
That child doesn’t know that sometimes she is working that one nerve. You know that last good one.
So in order to preserve that one nerve, and perhaps nurse the other ones back to health, I’ve decided to do some research through reading books about parenting toddlers. I plan to read the books and share my thoughts about what things resonated with me and what parts wouldn’t work for our family. I would love for folks to join along with me.
The first book will be “The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One- to Four-Year-Old” by Dr. Harvey Karp. It was recommended by the assistant director at our daycare when I expressed frustration with Nana’s behaviors.
The synopsis reads:
In one of the most revolutionary advances in parenting of the past twenty-five years, Dr. Karp revealed that toddlers often act like uncivilized little cavemen, with a primitive way of thinking and communicating that is all their own. In this revised edition of his parenting classic, Dr. Karp has made his innovative approach easier to learn—and put into action—than ever before.
I’m not too thrilled with the words used in this synopsis but I’ll reserve judgement until I read the book. I’ve ordered it through Amazon Prime so I expect to be reading it soon.
In the meantime, I would love for you to drop the names of your favorite toddler parenting books in the comments. I have a feeling that I’m going to be reading a lot more books…