Watch Me Grow, I'm Two: Every Parent's Guide to the Lively and Challenging 24- to 36-Month-Old

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Every Parent's Guide to the Lively & Challenging 24- to 36-Month-Old

This second groundbreaking volume in the acclaimed age-specific childcare series helps turn the "terrible twos" into a terrific, joyous experience for parents and their two-year-old children.

Your two-year-old is less dependent on your "teaching" and more in charge of his learning than ever before. While problem solving and mastery of skills will be his major agenda for this year, improving verbal, physical, and emotional skills make him seem more capable than he really is. There's a big difference between saying "I do it" and being able to do it!) In short, the need to establish his own identity by getting his way may prove more frustrating than adorable at times. Caregivers need to see his efforts as valuable experimentation -- not defiance -- and support this exciting growth.

Incorporating cutting-edge research about twenty-four- to thirty-six-month-old children, Dr. O'Brien highlights how the world looks and feels to them during this time of rapid development. With a delightful mix of the latest scientific findings and true-life stories, O'Brien demonstrates how to listen, observe, and relate to children in ways that enhance not only their growth but the entire family's as well.

    This remarkable series differs from others because
  • it includes the incomparable wisdom and experience of actual parents
  • it translates the newest research on the development of a young child's brain
  • it provides guidance for dealing with toddler willpower by exploring two-year-olds' unparalleled burst in language and complex emotional growth

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Maureen O'Brien, Ph.D., a recognized expert in child development, is a research associate in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, a consultant to the Touchpoints Project at Boston Children's Hospital and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Bentley College. The mother of twins, she lives with her family in Canton, Massachusetts.

From Publishers Weekly:

O'Brien, a pediatric research associate at Harvard Medical School, and her coauthor Tippins (Watch Me Grow: I'm One) continue their exploration of early childhood development in this new volume. Pointing out that problems arising after the second birthday are often the result of a mismatch between parents' expectations and children's abilities (the result of which is impatience on the parents' part and frustration for the toddler), the authors set out to clarify all that a two-year-old can and cannot do. In well-stocked chapters, they cover the two-year-old's physical, cognitive, emotional and social development, with useful charts summarizing the child's milestones and space for "readers comments" so parents can mark their child's progress. Parents will find plenty of information on such classic toddler topics as preschool separation, aggression, social skills and the importance of routines, with the focus on why toddlers behave the way they do and how parents can best provide support, limits and encouragement. While many parents may shore up their disciplinary resources in anticipation of the "terrible twos," the idea, O'Brien explains, is to give the toddler a chance to control her own environment, while leading her toward positive new experiences. O'Brien's upbeat, rational outlook brings the toddler's growth and development into clear focus so that parents will be better prepared to weather the "stormy and unpredictable" moments and enjoy their two-year-old's unique charms. 25 b&w photos.

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