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The Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvey Karp, M.D. (excerpt)

The Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvey Karp, M.D. (excerpt)

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This streamlined revision of the breakthrough bestseller by renowned child-development expert Dr. Harvey Karp will do even more to help busy parents survive the “terrible twos” and beyond....

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.

Combining his trademark tools of Toddler-ese and the Fast-Food Rule with a highly effective new green light/yellow light/red light method for molding toddler behavior, Dr. Karp provides fast solutions for today’s busy and stressed parents. As you discover ways to boost your child’s good (green light) behavior, curb his annoying (yellow light) behavior, and immediately stop his unacceptable (red light) behavior you will learn how to soothe his stormy outbursts with amazing success—and better yet, prevent these outbursts before they begin! And the new thirty-item glossary of Dr. Karp’s parenting techniques will save you valuable time when you need to instantly calm an out-of-control child. The result: fewer tantrums, less yelling, and more happy, loving time for you and your child.
This streamlined revision of the breakthrough bestseller by renowned child-development expert Dr. Harvey Karp will do even more to help busy parents survive the “terrible twos” and beyond....

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.

Combining his trademark tools of Toddler-ese and the Fast-Food Rule with a highly effective new green light/yellow light/red light method for molding toddler behavior, Dr. Karp provides fast solutions for today’s busy and stressed parents. As you discover ways to boost your child’s good (green light) behavior, curb his annoying (yellow light) behavior, and immediately stop his unacceptable (red light) behavior you will learn how to soothe his stormy outbursts with amazing success—and better yet, prevent these outbursts before they begin! And the new thirty-item glossary of Dr. Karp’s parenting techniques will save you valuable time when you need to instantly calm an out-of-control child. The result: fewer tantrums, less yelling, and more happy, loving time for you and your child.

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More Praise for Dr. Karpand
 THE HAPPIEST TODDLER ON THE BLOCK
“Dr.Karpsexcellentapproachgivesparentsthetoolstheyneed.Hissimplemethodsmakeraisingrambunctioustoddlersawholeloteasier.”
—Steven P. Shelov, M.D., Editor in Chief, American Academy of Pedi-atrics’ 
Caring for Your Baby and Young Child
“Dr. Karps approach is terrific...and fun!”
—Martin Stein, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, University of California at San Diego, Children’s Hospital San Diego
“Parents will be delighted by this clever approach to communi-cating with toddlers. It allows us to see the world from our chil-drens unique point of view.”
—Janet Serwint, Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Harriet Lane Chil-dren’s Clinic, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine 
“Dr. Karp’s new book is an innovative, unique, and thoroughly enjoyable guide to toddler behavior!”
—Donald Middleton, M.D., Professor of Family Medicine, University of  Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
“Dr.Karphelpsparentsturntheterribletwosintoterrifictwos.Hisworkwillrevolutionizethewayourcultureunderstandstoddlers!”
—Roni Cohen Leiderman, Ph.D., Dean of Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies, Nova Southeastern University 
Itreallyworks!Withgreathumorandagentletouch,Dr.Karpshowshowtoraisehappy,well-behavedtoddlers.Hisbookisin-valuable.”
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 TheHappiest Toddler on the Block
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How to Eliminate Tantrums andRaise a Patient, Respectful, andCooperative One- to Four-Year-Old
Revised Edition
Harvey Karp, M.D.
 with Paula Spencer
Bantam Books

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periwinklejane_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Toddler-ese isn't working on my 16 month old yet, but I really like how Karl encourages parents to be respectful of their child's feelings.
vvilliam_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
A book of some really good tips on parenting. I've been practicing on my 13-month old, and some like the FFR aren't working, but I expect it's because of his limited English. I'll be reviewing this later. Note that some of the later sections are wordy, but it also helped to reread the same simple ideas to have them sink in.
lquilter_2 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Review of The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block. Karp "discovered" the toddler approach. He "discovered" the infant calming reflex. Oh please! He named things (rocking babies, swaddling, saying shush; talking to toddlers on their level) and made a brand. I might note that his claims to have "discovered" what has been known and practiced by most of the world for most of human history eerily echo the claims of many other "discoverers" of lands and knowledge possessed only by natives, women, and other non-important people. Oh, and also? In Happiest Toddler his whole premise is based on the idea that "toddlers are little cavepeople", and he has articulated it by assigning stages of human evolution to stages of infancy. This, he tells us, is based on the scientific principle that "ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny" -- apparently, his genius was to see that toddlers are still developing! So they are ontologizing too! or something. Anyway Haeckel's recapitulation theory is wrong. It seems intuitive to people first learning about development and/or evolution, but it was refuted numerous times in the 20th century. One would have hoped that in the years Karp claims to have spent researching anthropology, biology, and so forth, he would have come across some of the literature actually discussing why it was wrong, and why educational vogues based on these ideas a hundred years ago are also wrong. And his artfully posed author picture kills me. Never mind. If you can get beyond the lame theorizing, and the pompous gasbaggery (carefully disguised in a patronizingly playful tone), and the painful politics of white male professionals claiming to have "discovered" historical parenting techniques -- if you can get past all that, then there are some nuggets in the books. For the most part these nuggets can be garnered by skimming through the book in half an hour. The videos are more useful, as they show actual parent-child interactions. In summary: Check out of the library; do not buy.
knitbusy reviewed this
Rated 5/5
These days, it seems as though every book written by a doctor has a catchy gimmick designed to grab the interest of the reader. This book was no exception, as on the back cover Dr. Karp lovingly refers to toddlers everywhere as pint-sized cavemen. Since I am currently in the throws of the toddler years, I had to agree with Dr. Karp, as there are days that my little one happily wreaks destruction. Lest you think that Dr. Karp is somehow being insulting, let me assure you that it is very evident that not only does he enjoy toddlers and find them fascinating, but that he respects them as well. The point of all the prehistoric talk is really just a clever way to point out the differences that exist between the thought processes of an adult and a child (ages 1 to 4).Dr. Karp's premise is that in the first four years of life your child will accomplish huge developmental milestones as their brains grow and develop. He divides the ages into four 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). Each of these groupings is actually a pneumonic used to describe the highlights of that particular age grouping, for example Cave-Kid's are:C= Curiouser and curiouserA= Attention IncreasesV= Very BusyE= Enjoys Pleasing YouK= KinderI= Interested in Order and ComparisonsD= Determined to CommunicateDr. Karp also enourages adults to speak to toddlers in their own language, or what he refers to as "Toddler-ese." Basically, the idea is that when a child is upset it is pretty pointless to try and talk to them as little adults. He offers basic tips on communicating more effectively with your toddler, and I found that many of these tips were good communication pointers in general.I took my time reading this book as I was anxious to give his suggestions a try. Many of them actually worked! It was a little embarrasing speaking "Toddler-ese" in public, but Dr. Karp makes a good point that when your child is in the midst of a tantrum, you usually feel that you are the center of attention anyway. Most of all, I really enjoyed reading this book as it was fascinating to think about all the things my little one has already accomplished and all she will continue to accomplish. If you have young children, or spend a lot of time with the 1 to 4 set, then I can't recommend this book highly enough.
sarahtar reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Wasn’t crazy about it. Seemed very manipulative.
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