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Dr. Tovah Klein, called "the toddler whisperer" on Good Morning America, has penned "a parenting milestone" (Dr. Harvey Rotbart, No Regrets Parenting) with How Toddlers Thrive, which shows parents of children ages two to five how to harness the singular power of the toddler mind during what might be the most crucial time of a child's brain development, to plant the seeds of lifelong success.

Why do some children thrive and others struggle? The answers may surprise you. New research indicates that the seeds for adult success are actually planted in the toddler years. Dr. Tovah Klein's research and firsthand work with thousands of toddlers explains why the toddler brain is best suited to laying the foundation for success. Dr. Klein reveals the new science behind drivers such as resilience, self-reliance, self-regulation, and empathy that are more critical to success than simple intelligence. She explains what you can do today to instill these key qualities in your toddler during this crucial time, so they are on track and ready to learn when they enter school at age five.

How Toddlers Thrive explains why the toddler years are different than any other period during childhood. She shows what is happening in children's brains and bodies at this age that makes their behavior so turbulent and why your reaction to their behavior - the way you speak to, speak about, and act toward your toddler - holds the key to a successful tomorrow and a happier today. This provocative book will inspire you to be a better parent and give you the tools to help you nurture your child's full potential. A smart and useful guide, this book cracks the preschooler code, revealing what you can do to help your toddler grow into a fulfilled child and adult - while helping you and your toddler live more happily together now and every day.

©2014 Tovah Klein (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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A wonderful approach to parenting and teaching!

If you could sum up How Toddlers Thrive in three words, what would they be?

Introspective, Methodical, Approachable!

What was one of the most memorable moments of How Toddlers Thrive?

I especially liked the numerous examples provided by this author. In particular, I liked this author's emphasis on routine and how she highlighted this idea through real world experience. In this example, Klein tells us of a student who came to class in tears because he had not hit the button- an action that become part of his daily routine. Klein asks the mother to take her son to the elevator to fulfill the student's routine so that he can move onto class time. The boy quiets, completes his task, and happily goes to class!

What about Tovah P. Klein PhD and Sarah Jessica Parker - foreword ’s performance did you like?

I do not like Sarah Jessica Parker's voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no.

Any additional comments?

Great book, but the voices were very raspy.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Helpful foundation

This book is a good foundation for understanding your toddler. I don’t feel like it helped me with practical every day things as much as other books.

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Great content, hard to listen to

This book is full of thoughtful and useful concepts, though it might be a better one to read rather than listen to. I found the narrators voice and cadence distracting.

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Exactly perfect for where I am

This is a great guideline for raising and handling my toddler. We were struggling with my 2 year old getting up and down at bedtime, and this book helped me feel better about to how to handle it without yelling and get success for my son staying in bed. I gave the performance 4 stars because she talks very slowly. I listened to the book at 1.25 speed and that was a normal speed. It did help me get through it faster, so that was a bonus.

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Redundant

I wanted very much to like this book as I needed a book to provide guidance on the developmental stages of my toddler. Unfortunately, I found this book to be a waste of time. It was redundant and most of what was discussed was common sense. It would have been more helpful to provide more examples and concrete recommendations of how to help your toddler, then spending most of the book telling you why it's important to see it from your child's perspective, which you already know, which is why you are reading the book in the first place.

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EXCELLENT book for parents of toddlers!

I can't say enough good things about this book. I plan to listen to it again. There is so much incredibly helpful insight and advice given for dealing with these tough, but oh so precious years.

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Lots of generalizations and contradictions.

The author speaks in sweeping generalizations that often contradict each other, and the distinctions in how to apply these concepts are not made clear. I also do not feel very comfortable with some of the specific examples given, because when I applied them to my toddler according to my interpretation of Klein's advice, his behavior rapidly deteriorated and I had to swing back to having more rules and acknowledging fewer boo-boos just to bring him back to stability.

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Glad I read it... but if felt like a chore

If you could sum up How Toddlers Thrive in three words, what would they be?

Valuable Thoughtful Longish

What other book might you compare How Toddlers Thrive to and why?

The only other book like this I've read is Brain Rules for Babies, there's some overlap but this book is much more focus on the 2-5 year olds.

What aspect of Tovah P. Klein PhD and Sarah Jessica Parker - foreword ’s performance would you have changed?

She reads the books pretty slowly, I listened to the whole thing at 2x speed which I don't think I've ever done before. Thanks to the audible app this isn't a big problem.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from How Toddlers Thrive?

I feel like I have a better handle on what's normal for a toddler. I've wanted to be more of a hands off parent, oddly I wasn't really sure how to do that, now I have some ideas.

Any additional comments?

I still need time to process this book. I suspect I won't find all her advice helpful, but I think there's plenty in the book that was helpful. Also, the book takes a while to really get going, I suspect the author is trying to earn your trust and build credibility f(or something)... I didn't really need to hear that so it annoyed me, but once I got past that part of the book things did pick up.

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Changed my parenting forever

Where does How Toddlers Thrive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It isn't as grand as science fiction novel but I found it to be very informative and helpful.

What could Tovah P. Klein PhD have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Talk a little faster. I had to speed it up quite a bit.

Have you listened to any of Tovah P. Klein PhD and Sarah Jessica Parker - foreword ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Taking a step back and allowing time to for kids to be bored and play on their own. I don't need to over engage to help them.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed her insights and this gave me a lot to think about.

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Great tips.

Great parenting reminders and tips. A little repetititve and at times, somewhat boring. Kind of what you expect of a "parenting" book, although it sounds like she has had a lot of experience with toddlers, which makes her suggestions credible and helpful.