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Your two-year-old : terrible or tender
Ames, Louise Bates.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Dell, 1980.

Physical Description:
vii, 149 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Originally published: New York : Delacorte Press, 1976.
Are those twos really so terrible? -- General characteristics of the age -- The child with other children -- Techniques -- Accomplishments and abilities -- Help with routines -- The mental life of the two-year-old, or How he sees the world -- Individuality -- Stories from real life.
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Concord Library HQ772.5 .A4 1976C Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Are two-year-olds really so terrible, or does the world have a slightly skewed view of this sometimes difficult, sometimes adorable lot? Drs. Ames and Ilg, recognized worldwide as authorities on child behavior and development, offer parents practical advice and enlightening psychological insights on children this age.
What are two-year-old girls and boys thinking and feeling? How do they see others around them? With humor and compassion, the authors describe the general characteristics of these complex toddlers: their physical growth trends, their emotional and psychological maturation. Also included are insights into how two-year-olds behave with family and other children, and advice on how to handle them, as well as tings to avoid.
Included in this book:
* A two-year-old's view of the world--and himself
* Bath and dressing routines
* Sex differences
* Stories from real life
* A list of age-appropriate toys and books
* A bibliography for parents
"Louise Bates Ames and her colleagues synthesize a lifetime of observation of children, consultation, and discussion with parents. These books will help parents to better understand their children and will guide them through the fascinating and sometimes trying experiences of modern parenthood."--Donald J. Cohen, M.D., Director, Yale Child Study Center, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology, Yale School of Medicine

Author Notes

Louise Bates Ames is a lecturer at the Yale Child Study Center and assistant professor emeritus at Yale University. She is co-founder of the Gesell Institute of Child Development and collaborator or co-author of three dozen or so books, including The First Five Years of Life, Infant and Child in the Culture of Today, Child Rorschach Responses, and the series Your One-Year-Old through Your Ten- to Fourteen-Year-Old . She has one child, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Frances L. Ilg wrote numerous books, including The Child from Five to Ten, Youth: The Years from Ten to Sixteen, and Child Behavior, before her death in 1981. She was also a co-founder of the Gesell Institute of Child Development at Yale.

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