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Watch me grow, I'm one--two--three : a parent's essential guide to the extraordinary toddler to preschool years
O'Brien, Maureen, 1961-
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New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [2002]

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716 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Now in a three-part edition that incorporates the latest research on pediatric brain development, Watch Me Grow: I'm One-Two-Three helps parents in their decision-making by explaining how children experience the world during the wondrous toddler years.

In addition to offering the most current research on age-appropriate behavior and sharing parenting stories, this book also gives sound advice from an expert on child development. Using wisdom and humor, Dr. O'Brien gives parents and childcare providers a deeper understanding of the hearts and minds of their growing one-, two-, and three-year-old children.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

O'Brien, formerly director of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Boston's Children's Hospital, and Tippins, a writer in the child development field, have reprinted their first two volumes (Watch Me Grow: I'm One; Watch Me Grow, I'm Two) and added a section for the 38- to 48-month-old preschooler to complete this set. Parents who derived help and comfort from the first two books will certainly enjoy this compilation. The authors combine the latest research in child development with an array of engaging and sometimes humorous child-rearing anecdotes (some from OBrien's own experiences with her twins) to make sense of the seemingly incomprehensible actions of a toddler or preschooler. For example, when a three-year-old deliberately misbehaves by eating cookies right before dinner, this child may actually be seeking reassurance that parental love is constant. O'Brien advises that when a child tests in this manner, parents should try to put their frustration with the behavior aside and provide their son or daughter with the limits they are seeking without anger. As in the first two volumes, O'Brien and Tippins discuss physical, cognitive and emotional development, stressing that children mature at different rates and their progress should be looked at individually. The strength of this guide lies in the author's ability to present children's actions and feelings from the child's rather than an adult's perspective. A clearly written, positive guide. Photos. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Child development expert O'Brien, a consultant to the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, has combined material from two of her previous books (Watch Me Grow: I'm One; Watch Me Grow: I'm Two) with information on three-year-olds. Using the latest pediatric brain research, she aims to help parents understand children at a particular stage in development and from a child's point of view, so that the typical issues of willfulness, control, and emotional meltdowns are minimized while opportunities for teaching and closeness are maximized. Written in clear, nontechnical language, each section ("I'm One," "I'm Two," "I'm Three") is organized into chapters addressing the physical, cognitive, verbal, emotional, and social development of that particular age, as well as each age group's special needs for routine and limits. This book stands up well against such classics as Penelope Leach's Your Baby and Child. Recommended especially for early childhood development collections.-Kay Hogan Smith, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lister Hill Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xv
Watch Me Grow: I'm One Every Parent's Guide to the Enchanting 12- to 24-Month-Old
Introductionp. 1
1 What I'm Likep. 5
2 Starting the Motor--My Physical Abilitiesp. 25
3 Thinking for Myself--My Cognitive Developmentp. 47
4 "Listen to Me!"--My Verbal Abilitiesp. 75
5 Tears and Laughter--My Emotional Growthp. 101
6 Where I Stand--My Social Developmentp. 133
7 Predictability Helps--My Need for Routinep. 157
8 Drawing the Line--My Need for Limitsp. 185
9 Looking Ahead--I'm Twop. 207
Watch Me Grow: Im Two Every Parent's Guide to the Lively and Challenging 24- to 36-Month-Old
Introductionp. 219
1 What I'm Likep. 223
2 Jump, Color, and Dance--My Physical Abilitiesp. 243
3 Creating a World--My Cognitive Developmentp. 271
4 "I See'd a Plane!"--My Verbal Abilitiesp. 301
5 Pride and Anxiety--My Emotional Growthp. 327
6 "Play with Me!"--My Social Developmentp. 357
7 A Stable Platform--My Need for Routinep. 387
8 "But I Want To!"--My Need for Limitsp. 417
9 Looking Ahead--I'm Threep. 445
Watch Me Grow: I'm Three Every Parent's Guide to the Charming and Demanding 36- to 48-Month-Old
Introductionp. 457
1 What I'm Likep. 461
2 Hop, Pedal, and Skip--My Physical Abilitiesp. 485
3 A Richer Understanding--My Cognitive Developmentp. 509
4 "Guess What?"--My Verbal Abilitiesp. 533
5 "I'm a Big Boy ... Right?"--My Emotional Growthp. 555
6 "Can I Play, Too?"--My Social Developmentp. 581
7 A Guide for Life--My Need for Routinep. 609
8 "Just One More?"--My Need for Limitsp. 635
9 Looking Ahead--I'm Fourp. 663
Bibliographyp. 673
Recommended Readingp. 675
Organizations and Support Groupsp. 677
Acknowledgmentsp. 683
Indexp. 685