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In this book, her follow-up to the best seller Discipline Without Damage, Dr. Lapointe advises new parents how to put their child on a path to optimal development during the crucial early years.  

The baby and toddler years are the most important period for any child's emotional and psychological development. Parents naturally want to do what's best for their kids, but they often struggle to know what that is, especially when dealing with the big "battlegrounds" of sleep, feeding, and managing aggression.  

The latest scientific research indicates that it is through a strong and stable sense of connection to their parents that children learn how to regulate their emotions, master social skills, and develop a sense of identity. Unfortunately, many of the currently accepted parenting practices and traditional attitudes disrupt healthy connection rather than foster it, leading to behavioral issues and emotional problems that can last into adulthood.  

Dr. Lapointe helps parents to understand how mindful and conscious parenting can help them to avoid passing unhealthy patterns down from one generation to the next. Rooted in compassion and understanding, Parenting Right from the Start shows parents how to build a firm, caring presence in the early years that a child can lean into for a lifetime.

©2019 Vanessa Lapointe (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Warm, educational and empowering. Highly recommend

Vanessa has a way of conveying the substance of text books into a very warm, practical and empowering read/listen. She has a brilliant way of conveying the message as a teacher that can be trusted but in a way that comes from a place of working alongside than over; She is very relational. The content is meaty and informative but easy to digest and kudos to Adrienne Fish whose tone and overall delivery were outstanding. Vanessa's book is also very supportive and while I hoped to feel more motivated, those expectations were very much exceeded and among the practical learnings, her words "You've got this" have sounded in my head when the confidence has been teetering and/or I've been dealing with a challenging situation - most helpful. I've just bought "discipline without damage" too and now have high expectations of that.

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Cathartic and hopeful

Vanessa deals with how you as the parent were parented at the same time as showing you an evidence-based approach to good parenting. It was healing to think through my childhood and understand that bits of it were definitely not ok. I think that if I didn't go through this process I would put my little one through the same crap I went through. I highly recommend this book!

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Incredible! Mind blowing

So helpful! And incredible insight into supporting me through my parenting journey! This is her second book I have read and I can’t believe they get better and better

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  • Mitesh
  • 05-06-2020

nothing new or helpful

just a repeition of other books . No new insight. Didn't find it helpful.

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  • Becky F
  • 05-01-2020

Another brilliant book from Dr Vanessa

I bought this straight after finishing Discipline without Damage and was not disappointed. We're currently wrangling a high energy 2 year old boy and this book is so helpful. Between the 2 books I no longer get stressed when he has meltdowns whether in private or public and now have the tools to help him through them gently and quickly. He's just such a joy to be around! Can not recommend enough!!!

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