I remember being just 18, totally scared and pregnant with my first son, when my Mother brought me home a copy of What to Expect When Expecting. This book quickly became my pregnancy bible. By the end of my pregnancy I had read and gone over the book so many times that it was falling apart, but it was still pack away in my hospital bag and useful after birth. When I got pregnant with my other three I bought a copy of this book each time. As many kids as you have, it's very true that each pregnancy is different, this book was always able to provide me with accurate, up to date facts and information. I say up to date because this book has been updated to keep up to date with new pregnancy, facts, info and concerns.
When I was contacted about hosting a review and giveaway for What To Expect The Second Year, I was of course right on board as I believe this series of books is a must have for every Mother new and "old".
What To Expect The Second Year:
Walking, talking, picky eating, endless curiosity, bedtime battles, biting, making friends—it’s all covered in a brand-new, easy-to-access, thorough, topic-by-topic format with chapters on growth, feeding, sleeping, learning behaviors of every conceivable kind, discipline, keeping a toddler healthy and safe as he or she takes on the world, and more.
The second year is one of mind-boggling development as a child suddenly becomes his or her own little person on two little feet—with a mouth-full of words (including “No!” and “Why?”) and a body full of energy. It’s not surprising it’s also a year of challenges for both toddlers and the parents who love them. Why is my son suddenly rejecting bath time? Why is this round of teething so much more painful? Is it too early to introduce the computer? How can I get a wriggly toddler to sit still in a restaurant? What are the myths and truths about scheduled immunizations? How does my child stack up on the growth charts?
Author Heidi Murkoff, answers these questions and more with her signature style, reassuring voice, and practical advice, guiding parents as they learn to decode and fully enjoy the fascinating, maddening, and always adorable person last year’s baby has become.
Great excerpts from What to Expect the Second Year:
We Could Learn a Thing or Two from a 1-Year-Old, By Heidi Murkoff
Toddlers have a lot to learn (how to share, how to wait their turn, how to use a fork instead of fingers. . .to name a few). But believe it or not, we could all learn a thing or two from a 1-year- old.
Live life to the max. Experience what I like to call “joie de toddler” (if only it could be bottled so we could all tap into it, or at least splash a little behind our ears). Joie de toddler is unabashed, unapologetic. Uncensored, definitely unscripted. It sparkles, it shines, it knows no bounds (literally–since limits are one of the things that toddlers have to work on!). And it’s living large–especially for one so small.
Stop and smell the flowers …or watch an ant crossing …or listen to a bird singing or a plane flying by … or follow a butterfly. Don’t take the world around you for granted–see it like you’re seeing it for the first time, through a toddler’s eyes. Put your senses on full throttle.
March to your own drummer. Somewhere along the line, usually the school lunch line, most of us decide that it is more expedient to blend in with the crowd than to stand out in it. But because toddlers are so me-occupied, so self-centric, they’re completely authentic, true only to themselves. I am what I am, and that’s all that I am. And who among us couldn’t learn a thing or two about being true to ourselves?
Persevere. If at first you don’t succeed at reaching the remote, try, try again. Taken a tumble? Get up. Toddlers meet challenges head on–and often, head over heels. The takeaway for you: Have a set back? Don’t let it set you back.
Lose your inhibitions. Can’t dance? Can’t hold a tune? Have no rhythm? No problem if you’re a toddler, who delights in doing what comes naturally–even if it doesn’t exactly come naturally. So go ahead–take those two left feet out to a tango class. Sing loud and proud in the shower. Join your toddler in a finger-painting fest–even if you’re less Great Master, more Master of the Stick Figure.
Be curious. Inquiring toddler minds want to know–what’s behind that cabinet door, or under that rock? What happens when I turn my cup of juice upside down? Why does wet sand stick to my fingers, but dry sand doesn’t? I wonder if Daddy’s wallet will float in the toilet? Okay, don’t try that at home. But try to remember what it’s like to wonder.
Learn how to love learning–again. We grown-ups know a lot, that’s true. But it’s also true that sometimes, the more you know, the less you learn. That’s why toddlers–who know so relatively little, learn so much so fast. What’s more, they crave learning– they yearn to learn. Question what you think you know–and you might just learn to love learning all over again.
Use your imagination. We adults tend to be realists–that’s what real life (say, paying bills) will do to a person. But toddlers haven’t had their reality checked yet–to a 1-year-old, anything is possible, even if it isn’t probable (that is, when you’re 2 ½ feet tall and have a 7:30 bedtime). It’s imagination that allows a little one to think big–to turn the sofa cushions into a teddy bear triage, or fill an empty pot with magic soup, or don daddy’s shoes and mommy’s briefcase for a day at “work.” Couldn’t we all dream a little bigger?
Eat because you’re hungry. It’s a pretty basic concept most adults–and even older children–have lost track of: Eat when you’re hungry, stop eating when you’re full– repeat when you’re hungry again. Healthy toddlers, at least toddlers who aren’t pushed to eat (or to stop eating), or encouraged to eat for the wrong reasons (for comfort, to relieve boredom), instinctively eat to appetite–and whether parents believe it or not, usually eat exactly what they need to thrive and grow. Instead of taking a page from your dust-collecting diet books, take one from your hopefully still-self-regulating toddler.
Hang up your hang-ups. So you haven’t quite lost your baby fat. Maybe your thighs jiggle and your arms wiggle. But have you ever met a 1-year-old with body image hang-ups? Nope–they can’t get out of their clothes fast enough (especially if there’s company over). Have you ever seen a toddler suck in her cheeks or hold in his tummy? Nope–they let it all hang out. And you may have heard: A healthier body image leads to a healthier relationship with food.
Love thyself. Yes, most toddlers have a lot to learn about loving their neighbors in the sandbox or at a playgroup. But loving themselves–that, they’ve got down. And believe it or not, a little one’s outsized ego isn’t just age-appropriate, it’s an accessory that’s necessary in the development of empathy: Toddlers have to learn to care about themselves before they can care about others. Application for you: Me matters, too. Have you hugged yourself today?
Take risks. Okay, chances are your toddler takes more risks than you’d like–trying to climb over the crib railing comes to mind. But the truth is that just about all of life’s important accomplishments, including those really early ones, involve risk–without risking a fall, you don’t learn how to walk ...or run … or climb. Sensible risk prevention makes sense at any age (which is what childproofing is all about). But take away all the risk, and you’ve taken away the potential to progress. Protect your little one (or yourself) from all risk, and you prevent those next steps.
Live in the moment. For a toddler, there’s no time like the present … in fact, there’s no time but the present. Without a concept of “next week” or “tomorrow” or even “later,” a 1-year old only knows “now” (which explains why juice must be poured into my cup “now,” why daddy must put down his iPad and read me a story “now,” why I want to get out of the stroller “now”). Yes, patience is a virtue (one your toddler will learn … later), but so is living in the present tense …. and really being “present.”
As I hope you can tell from the except above, an absolute favorite of mine, That this book will help you not only conquer struggles with your toddler but help you find some peace of mind and fresh perspectives. After 4 children I've come to live and let live, and I think this section of the book really does speak the truth..Not only do our children learn from us but we learn from them on a daily bases as well and some of those lessons they teach us....are more fun then you could ever imagine. There is no greater joy in the world then being a Mother but sometime we all need a little reassurance and this series of book gives you just that.
Buy It: Look for What to Expect The Second Year for sale on April 5th, 2011 retailing for 15.95 in soft cover and 24.95 in hard cover.
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