Monday, March 2, 2009
The Birth to Five Book
Brenda Nixon, author of "The Birth to Five Book: Confident Childrearing Right from the Start", is having a mini blog book tour, and I am happy to be part of the tour here today.
Author Brenda Nixon offers practical advice to help readers be confident and successful parents, with guidelines to help our babies and toddlers to become self-confident and independent as they grow up.
The author includes separate chapters on common situations all parents face, like “Cabin Fever Relievers”, “Thumb Sucking Sally”, and “”Bedtime Resistance Remedy.” I counted about 50 chapters, each one loaded with good ideas, and even some funny quotes.
Her chapter “Talk Less, Act More” sums up effective parenting, for me. Instead of repeating an order countless times while your child ignores you, tell the child once and then take an appropriate action. Do not say “get dressed for school” 100 times. The author shares a funny story about her daughter and the school bus, on that topic.
Brenda also includes her recipe for blueberry milkshake that sounds like a yummy, and definitely healthy, breakfast or snack.
She suggests that if your child could answer the question of what she needs in a successful parent, the child might answer “I feel secure when adults run the household. Be the parents.”
This thread of being a wise parent is woven all through this must have book.