Becoming the Parent You Want to Be A Sourcebook of Strategies for the First Five Years

ISBN-10: 0553067508

ISBN-13: 9780553067507

Edition: N/A

Authors: Laura Davis, Janis Keyser

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Informative, inspiring, and enlightening, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be provides parents with the building blocks they need to discover their own parenting philosophy and develop effective parenting strategies.  Through in-depth information, practical suggestions, and many lively first-person stories, the authors address the many dilemmas and joys that the parent of young children encounter and demonstrate a range of solutions to the major issues that arise in the raising of babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  Full of warmth, clarity, humor, and respect, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be gives parents permission to be human: to question, to learn, to make mistakes, to struggle and to grow, and, most of all, to have fun with their children.
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List price: $22.00
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date: 2/3/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.892

A singer/songwriter for over 25 years, Laura J. Davis turned to writing full-time after an emergency surgery caused the loss of her singing voice. Her debut novel about the life of Christ through the eyes of His mother, Come to Me, is a Reader's Favorite Award winner. Her latest book, Learning from the Master, Living a Surrendered Life, is a companion study guide to Come to Me. When she isn't writing Laura is reviewing books and teaching bible studies. You can reach her at

Preface: The Parent I Wanted to Be
Preface: The Teacher I Wanted to Be
Introduction: The Parenting Journey
Developing a Vision for Your Family
Learning About Children
Cultivating a Spirit of Optimism About Your Children
Understanding that Parents Are Always Growing
Learning to Value Struggle and Disequilibrium
Working Toward a Balance of Needs
Teaching Children to Feel Safe, Strong, and Good About Their World
Being Human: When You're Not Yet the Parent You Want to Be
Building a Supportive Community
Learning About Feelings
Responding to Crying and Tantrums
Helping Your Children Deal with Fear
The Dance of Separation
Helping Children Sleep
Children and Eating: Building a Healthy Relationship to Food
From Toilet Training to Toilet Learning
Learning About Bodies
Understanding Difficult Behavior
Moving Beyond Punishment
Putting It All Together: When Children Test Limits
Negotiating Conflicts Between Parent and Child
Supporting Children's Play and Learning
Children's Friendships: Cooperation and Conflict
What Enables Children to Share?
"But Girls Can't Do That": Helping Children Move Beyond Limiting Gender Roles
Preparing Children to Live in a Richly Diverse World
Parenting with a Partner
Building Strong Sibling Relationships
Afterword: Growing Up, Growing Together
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