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 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 laying the foundation for life-long success. Dr. Klein reveals the new science behind developing crucial lifelong skills such as resilience, self-reliance, self-regulation, and empathy that are more critical to success than simple intelligence. How Toddlers Thrive helps parents to troubleshoot the day-to-day struggles (like getting out the door, mealtime, bedtime, tantrums, defiant behavior, toilet training) and to ensure that your toddler receives the kinds of positive attention, guidance and interactions they need at this unique window in their lives.
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“There are a lot of parenting books out there, but this one is unique— it’s told from the point of view of the child! Dr. Klein’s firsthand experiences with young children provides parents an understanding of child development within the context of family dynamics. She doesn’t judge parents, instead she empowers them with knowledge about the whys behind their children’s behaviors.”
–Rosemarie T. Truglio, PhD, SVP of Curriculum and Content for Sesame Workshop
“Rarely does someone with so much knowledge write in a way that is so accessible and heartwarming. What Tovah has created will help every parent stand on their own loving ground, assured that they are creating the foundations for their child to grow into an adult who will have a deep sense of purpose and the will to effect much needed change.”
–Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting, Beyond Winning and The Soul of Discipline
“How Toddlers Thrive is a delicious book overflowing with practical wisdom from the world of Toddlerdom. Dr. Tovah Klein, a noted child psychologist and educator extraordinaire, holds our hand as we jump into the minds of our toddlers and begin to see their adorable, delightful, confrontational and sometimes annoying behavior in a whole new way. If you are interested in raising a self-confident, happy child bound for later success, this is a book you will want to keep by your bedside.”
–Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, professor of psychology at Temple University and author of Einstein Never Used Flashcards
“Dr. Klein’s wonderful book is a parenting milestone, unraveling the mysteries of your toddler while helping you create a clear path for his or her future happiness and success.”
–Harley A. Rotbart, M.D., author of No Regrets Parenting: Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Memories with Your Kids
“In this wonderful book, Tovah Klein draws on her deep understanding of toddlers and their development to offer a treasure-trove of wise and practical advice. Placing a special emphasis on seeing the world through toddlers’ eyes, Klein shows how we can help them meet life’s challenges with confidence and enthusiasm. How Toddlers Thrive will be cherished by parents and professionals alike.”
–William Crain, author of Reclaiming Childhood: Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society
“If only there was one single, sensible, sympathetic book that answered all your toddler questions. Well there is. And you’re holding it: An easy-to-read source that explains what toddlers do, why they do it, and whether you have to jump in or not. The good news is: Often the answer is ‘not.’”
–Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Kids (Without Going Nuts With Worry)
“You survived your baby’s infancy and you’re about to give as sigh of relief (and maybe get some sleep) when toddlerhood hits you like a ton of bricks. Trust Tovah Klein to help you navigate those confusing—and sometimes infuriating—years from 2 to 5. This is a compassionate book that helps parents see the world from a toddler’s point of view, which in turn leads to more successful and relaxed parenting.”
–Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., author of The Opposite of Worry and Playful Parenting
“Tovah Klein’s book is as much about parenting as it is about toddlers. Like a wise and practiced friend, she introduces us to the world of toddlers, helping us understand the wonder, worry, and bewilderment toddlers experience and the challenges and joys of parenting them. The book is filled with fabulous advice, informative anecdotes, and a point of view that teaches you to trust yourself no matter how demanding your little ones may seem to be.”
–Samuel J. Meisels, Executive Director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute
“Dr. Klein has provided a critical resource for parents–she combines state-of-the-science research with examples of and practical guidelines for everyday toddler-parent interactions. Most importantly, Dr. Klein appreciates that every toddler and parent is unique and therefore, there is no single parenting “recipe.” Instead, How Toddlers Thrive offers a perspective that appreciates the variability in approaches that parents could take. This book is valuable for parents and researchers alike.”
–Nim Tottenham, Ph.D., developmental neuroscientist at UCLA