Janet Lansbury's advice on respectful parenting is quoted and shared by millions of listeners worldwide. Inspired by the pioneering parenting philosophy of her friend and mentor, Magda Gerber, Janet's influential voice encourages parents and child-care professionals to perceive babies as unique, capable human beings with natural abilities to learn without being taught; to develop motor and cognitive skills; communicate; face age appropriate struggles; initiate and direct independent play for extended periods; and much more. Once we are able to view our children in this light, even the most common daily parenting experiences become stimulating opportunities to learn, discover, and to connect with our child. Elevating Child Care is a collection of 30 popular and widely discussed articles from Janet's website that focus on some of the most common infant/toddler issues: eating, sleeping, diaper changes, communication, separation, focus and attention span, creativity, boundaries, and more. Eschewing the quick-fix tips and tricks of popular parenting culture, Janet's insightful philosophy lays the foundation for a closer, more fulfilling parent/child relationship, and children who grow up to be authentic, confident, successful adults.
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The book presents some really good and important points such as respect, connection, acceptance that actually makes the reading worth. From this point of view I would definitely recommend this book
However I would be very cautious with some of the advices here. The book is based on Magda Gerber and although have clear valid points it is NOT BASED on the last RESEARCHS or science facts found about babies' brain and parenting. Therefore some of advices such as not wearing baby as much or comforting with touch for instance dismiss some important aspects about oxytocin. Suggesting leaving a baby crying for short periods to take a shower for example clearly doesn't cover some of the issues that distress can create on infants' brain, etc. Just pointing few exemples here. Also what she says about conditioning the baby with our habits seems totally wrong for me. (For instance The babies learn to like being rocked on womb not in our arms! Rocking is just a natural transition to outside world, therefore instinctive!)
Also touching is such an important aspect of parenting and although the tone of voice it's obviously important, nothing it's like touching and cuddling a baby! And this is an instinctive parenting need! The book can lead to a different perception and that's what worries me with good intentioned parents reading this book...
I loved listening to this book, extremely calming, especially as a perfectionist first time mom.
"Wish I had this book when my daughter was born!"
I really like this approach and it works! there's a lot less yelling at my house and my cooperation from my 4 yr old daughter. I'd highly recommended this book to any mom!
"A beautiful gift!"
Janet Lansbury writes plainly and eloquently about the relationship between caregiver/parent and child. Through her vision of babies/children as whole people I've began the painful and life-changing process of updating my own outdated beliefs. I can begin to see a clearer path to a genuine, enduring connection with my little humans. This book is a gem that I wish I had before my three kids were born and one that I will continue to gift to new parents. Thank you, Janet!
"Best parenting advice out there"
This is such a deeply empathetic approach to child care, it actually made me reflect on my relationships with everyone else around me. Not only that, but implementing these observation and non-interventional techniques into my parenting turned out to be good approaches to dealing with others too. It gives your kids, you, and those around you the chance to do their own best work and find empowerment though the success they found themselves. It sounds backward, but it's not. It's the best parenting advice I've ever received.
"Short & sweet"
The book is like an experienced person telling you the things they wish they had known when they started. It sounds conversational, accessible, but packed with helpful tips that build on some founding principles and philosophies on child rearing.
This book is short, sweet, and to the point. Initially I debated whether I wanted to spend a book credit on this short book, I'm so glad I did. She could have easily fluffed the book with stories and anecdotes to make it a standard 8hr long listen, but I appreciate that she didn't.
The author did a great job of narrating this audiobook.
Finished listening to this book in one day. I plan on buying a hard copy and reading it again!
"Excellent Parenting Strategys"
I love the RIE approach to raising babies, and Janet Lansbury is able to keep it simple but be thorough in her book. Audible books has made my sleepless nights much easier ;)
"Very helpful if you are losing your s@%#t"
This book and No Bad Parents are so very helpful. I've been stressed out and missing the point. I so appreciate Lansbury's books.
"A refreshing, unique approach to caring for babies"
I started listening to this when my third son was 2 months old. I am not new to parenting, but Janet's instructions are helping me approach parenting in a new, more respectful way. It's helping me to see my infant son as a whole person, interrupt him less and connect with him more.
I also appreciate that this is read by the author as her calm, confident presence comes through in the audio.
This book is delivered with such respect and positivity towards babies and children. I plan on sharing this with everyone I know whos willing to listen.
Yes, I would. Since the information given applies to children of a very wide range: infants, toddlers as well as teenegers is a book that I would listen again in the future.
That this approach makes total sense to me, to treat babies and small children in a respectful manner as you would treat an adult.
It's my first time listening to Janet Lansbury.
Yes, when she talked about her mum and her relationship with her.
Very enlightening and logical. I'll listen to it again in a few months when my baby is a toddler.
"Give this book a go you will be pleasantly suprisd"
loved this. I am practising rie. janet voice is very calming and collective.I love listening to the book while I cook or do chores.
"A different but life changing approach"
I first heard this audiobook when my son was around five months old, now fifteen months later I heard it again to remind me of the approach to the toddler challenges. I have to confess that at first not everything made sense, I was overwhelmed, trying to be the perfect parent and it simply wasn't working, now I realize how my life changed with everything I started putting in practice and how I gained confidence with what was natural for me but questioned by many people. My son is a very confident child, focused and we can see his own personality developing day by day. I wish I had heard about this approach before.
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