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About Paula Spencer Scott
Scott has been a columnist for Woman's Day, a contributing editor of Caring.com, WebMD, Parenting, and BabyTalk, and a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America journalists-in-aging program. Relevant family history: She and her husband have six kids, and five close family members had dementia. See survivingalz.com and paulaspencerscott.com.
Books she's co-authored with doctors include Dr. Harvey Karp's The Happiest Toddler on the Block, The V Book, and Bright From the Start. She was a consulting editor for The BabyCenter Guide to Your Baby's First Year and wrote a 3-book series for Parenting Magazine. Her articles have also appeared in AARP Bulletin, Parade, Reader's Digest, Health, and other national media.
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Toddlers can drive you bonkers…so adorable and fun one minute…so stubborn and demanding the next! Yet, as unbelievable as it sounds, there is a way to turn the daily stream of “nos” and “don’ts” into “yeses” and hugs…if you know how to speak your toddler’ s language. In one of the most useful advances in parenting techniques of the past twenty-five years, Dr. Karp reveals that toddlers, with their immature brains and stormy outbursts, should be thought of not as pint-size people but as pintsize…cavemen.
Having noticed that the usual techniques often failed to calm crying toddlers, Dr. Karp discovered that the key to effective communication was to speak to them in their own primitive language. When he did, suddenly he was able to soothe their outbursts almost every time! This amazing success led him to the realization that children between the ages of one and four go through four stages of “evolutionary” growth, each linked to the development of the brain, and each echoing a step in prehistoric humankind’s journey to civilization:
• The “Charming Chimp-Child” (12 to 18 months): Wobbles around on two legs, grabs everything in reach, plays a nonstop game of “monkey see monkey do.”
• The “Knee-High Neanderthal” (18 to 24 months): Strong-willed, fun-loving, messy, with a vocabulary of about thirty words, the favorites being “no” and “mine.”
• The “Clever Caveman” (24 to 36 months):
Just beginning to learn how to share, make friends, take turns, and use the potty.
• The “Versatile Villager” (36 to 48 months): Loves to tell stories, sing songs and dance, while trying hard to behave.
To speak to these children, Dr. Karp has developed two extraordinarily effective techniques:
1) The “fast food” rule—restating what your child has said to make sure you got it right;
2) The four-step rule—using gesture, repetition, simplicity, and tone to help your
irate Stone-Ager be happy again.
Once you’ve mastered “toddler-ese,” you will be ready to apply behavioral techniques specific to each stage of your child’ s development, such as teaching patience and calm, doing time-outs (and time-ins), praise through “gossiping,” and many other strategies. Then all the major challenges of the toddler years—including separation anxiety, sibling rivalry, toilet training, night fears, sleep problems, picky eating, biting and hitting, medicine taking — can be handled in a way that will make your toddler feel understood. The result: fewer tantrums, less yelling, and, best of all, more happy, loving time for you and your child.
With The V Book, women will learn everything they need to know about the basics of vulvovaginal—or “V”–health, an essential yet often overlooked area of women’s health. Dr. Elizabeth G. Stewart, the nation’s foremost expert in vulvovaginal care and sexual-pain disorders, answers the questions about the all too common “V” ailments that women are embarrassed to discuss even with their doctors.
Drawing upon the latest medical research and two decades of experience treating thousands of women in her specialized gynecological practice, Dr. Stewart has compiled a wealth of information and advice. This
comprehensive and authoritative guide for women of all ages includes:
• How your vulvovaginal concerns change throughout the life cycle, from your teens through menopause and beyond
• How to pick a good gynecologist, and how to ask the right questions
• Dos and don’ts of V hygiene—and why sometimes less is better
• The safest use of tampons, pads, and pantiliners
• How to handle common symptoms, such as redness, itching, dryness, and discharge
• Which medical tests you should insist upon from your doctor
• Tips for safe and pleasurable sex, and what to do when sexual intercourse is painful
• The latest research on vulvodynia, the vaginal pain syndrome that won’t go away
• Diagnosing and treating yeast infections, allergies, and other ailments
• What to do if your doctor detects cancer or precancer cells
And much, much more...
Should you really read to your baby? Can teaching a baby sign language boost IQ? Should you pipe classical music into the nursery? Dr. Stamm translates the latest neuroscience findings into clear explanations and practical suggestions, demonstrating the importance of the simple ways you interact with your child every day. It isn’t the right “edu-tainment” that nurtures an infant’s brain. It is as simple as Attention, Bonding, and Communication, and it’s within every parent’s ability to provide. Practical games and tips for each developmental age group will show you not only what the latest findings are but, more importantly, tell you what to do with them.
This new edition of Surviving Alzheimer's offers the best, most current thinking on how to help a loved one with memory loss and related symptoms without sacrificing YOU. You'll learn:
- What's behind odd, frustrating behaviors like repetition, wandering, personality changes, bathing resistance, and aggression—and what you can do
- How to defuse resentment, guilt, and family friction
- What to say for better communication and more cooperation
- Special advice for spouses, out-of-town caregivers, and other specific situations
- 100s of confidence-raising solutions from top doctors, social workers, dementia specialists, and family caregivers
Soul-saving wisdom in a fast, scannable format perfect for busy or overwhelmed helpers.
* The best, most current thinking on what's behind odd, frustrating behaviors--and what to do about them
* Practical tips for easing stress, guilt, resentment, and family friction
* Secrets to decoding the language of Alzheimer's
* 100s of ideas from leading dementia therapists, doctors, caregiving experts, & families who've been there
* Answers to dealing with memory problems, personality changes, and other stressors that undermine so many of us
* And more ways to protect your loved one's quality of life -- while preserving your own
Through her own personal journey as well as her work with thousands of women as an Ob-Gyn, Dr. Gaudet knows that being able to tap into the spiritual, emotional, and cyclical realities of female life has a powerful effect on health and well-being. Yet she has found that many women are “unconscious” of the intimate connections between these realms. Now Dr. Gaudet explains to women how to reconnect their bodies and their souls, in order to become “consciously female.” Using her experience in integrative medicine, which draws on the best of both alternative and conventional Western practices, she offers mind-body techniques that will give you a deeper understanding of the inner workings of your body, and access to your unique feminine wisdom.
By helping you make the best possible choices to support your health and wellness, the process of becoming “consciously female” will enrich and empower your life, day to day, week to week, year to year.
If the latest “breakthrough” child-development theory, parenting technique, or child-appropriate diet makes you worry or groan (or just want to lie down for a nap), it’s time to make way for Momfidence! Paula Spencer, parenting expert and mother of four, provides refreshing, down-to-earth proof that most of the business of raising confident, healthy children involves nothing more complicated that trusting your instincts, using common sense, and above all, hanging on to your humor.
•Using “perfect” only to describe such wonders as a ripe peach, a cloudless day at the beach, or a husband who does diapers and dinner. . . It has no application whatsoever in describing motherhood.
•Recognizing that there are appropriate times and places for lying, yelling, threatening, bribing, and saying “I told you so”
•Sending yourself to time-out—preferably with chocolate and/or your spouse
•Being completely amnesiac about the day’s exasperating transgressions when you peek in your children’s bedrooms at night and watch them sleep
Based on her popular Woman’s Day and Parenting columns, Momfidence! explains how obsessing less and winging it more can keep you sane—and your kids healthy and happy. It’s a hilarious look at “perfect motherhood” that cuts parents a long-overdue break by reminding us that we’re not the amateurs here—we’re all experts, too.
For the past decade, Parenting magazine has gained the loyal readership of smart, involved parents by getting to the heart of what moms and dads need to know about raising a child. Now Parenting, with an advisory board of leading experts, have created a comprehensive sourcebook to give parents-to-be--and their newborns--the best start possible. The Parenting Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth takes you from conception through the first weeks of a baby's life. Here is up-to-the minute information on:
What's Going on in Your Body: Common changes
• Tips for a good night's sleep
• When to call the doctor
• Pregnancy and sex
What's Going on in Your Head: Mood swings
• Miscarriage fears
• Ways to feel your best
How Baby Grows: Trimester-by-trimester look at fetal development
• First flutters and kicks
Checkups and Tests: Choosing a caregiver
• All about prenatal tests
• Genetic counseling
• Eating and fitness: sensible weight gain
• Sneaking in nutrients
• Foods to avoid
• Exercise basics
• Getting your body back after pregnancy
Special Situations: Multiple births
• Placenta problems
• Gestational diabetes
• Older mom
• Bed rest
• The breech baby
The Big Day: Why every labor is different
• Pain management
• Stage of labor
• Epidural pros and cons
• Cesarean birth
Plus: Work Concerns
• Newborn basics
• Naming baby
• Travel tips
• Real moms' advice stories
• Handy checklists
And much more!
Drawing on the best of both complementary and conventional Western medicine, Dr. Gaudet has written a groundbreaking guide that shows you how to become an active participant in your pregnancy. By working with the natural processes of pregnancy, you can discover how to:
• Pick up important signals from within about what you need, what your body needs, and what is right for both you and your baby
• Tune in to cues that can alert you to early signs of problems
• Use the mind-body connection to reduce stress, explore this remarkable life change, and bond with your baby
• Nurture your whole self, including your evolving sexual and sensual needs
• Make informed and conscious choices that reflect both your personal feelings and the latest
• Collaborate with your doctor or midwife, and build a supportive health-care team
Empowering, inspiring, and respectful of the wisdom of the female body and spirit, this invaluable book also includes advice on eating right and staying active, and natural and alternative approaches to pain relief. Whether you’re already pregnant or preparing to be, the time to start listening to your inner wisdom is now, and the guide to doing it is here.
GET THE MOST FROM THE TODDLER YEARS!
Expert guidance and smart, hands-on advice have made PARENTING magazine the preferred child-care resource for today's parents. The PARENTING books offer the same great mix of helpful, practical information and reassurance on raising children today. Now, PARENTING Guide to Your Toddler offers a step-by-step resource to the most challenging stage of your child's development:
Developmental Milestones: Your child's first complete sentence, first friend, first tricycle - Growth patterns, physical coordination, and identifying developmental delays - The fast-changing emotional life of the toddler
The Myth of the "Terrible Twos": Understanding how and why a toddler declares independence - Choices and self-control - Dealing with fears, clinginess, and aggressive behavior
Health and Safety: Common toddler ailments - Scheduling immunizations - Safety away from home
Daily Routines: Why regular family meals matter - Delicious, healthy snacks - Stress-free bedtimes and well-timed naps
The Do's and Don'ts of Discipline: Dealing with tantrums in public places - Choosing your battles (and letting your toddler win some) - Using "time-out" effectively
Having Fun Together: Identifying your child's unique "play style" - Activities toddlers enjoy most - Chores your toddler will love to do
Savvy parents have come to rely on PARENTING magazine for its focused advice and expert guidance on all the tough issues of raising children. Now PARENTING readers are delighted to find the same winning blend of upbeat writing, quick information, and up-to-the-minute research in the PARENTING books. This latest volume in the series takes parents through the ins and outs of raising children with healthy, loving discipline, from infancy to age 6 and beyond. Featured topics include:
Discipline and punishment: Knowing the difference ¸ Defining realistic, age-appropriate goals for your child ¸ Why cooperation works better than coercion
Why kids misbehave: Heading off bad behavior by understanding its underlying causes ¸ How to be a guide rather than a cop ¸ Rechanneling all that energy
Avoiding common pitfalls and mistakes: Side-stepping power struggles and defiance ¸ Making rules your children can understand and obey ¸ Creating win-win situations through patience and consistency ¸ Using positive reinforcement instead of criticism and control
Discipline through ages and stages: Expectations your children can meet from infancy to elementary school ¸ Dealing with sibling rivalry ¸ Working with a babysitter or day care provider ¸ Dialogues, routines, and strategies geared for each phase of childhood
Raising responsible children: Chores your child is ready for ¸ Using rewards fairly and effectively ¸ Getting compliance without nagging or policing
How NOT to spoil your children: The difference between nurturing and overindulging ¸ Giving gifts without creating undue expectations ¸ When and how to set limits ¸ Setting the right example
Can you ask your friends to do your baby's laundry? When should you tell your boss you're pregnant? How do you let your mother-in-law know that you're not naming the baby after her? And what if your water breaks in public? Everything Else You Need to Know When You're Expecting is the complete guide to the old and new customs, traditions and etiquette for expectant and new parents, and those who love them. After years of both professional and first-hand experience, Paula Spencer has compiled the answers to those questions every woman asks herself as soon as she knows she's expecting. Topics include Pregnancy at Work, Handling Busybodies, and Tricky issues (such as the all-too-common anxiety about starting labor in a crowd--or an elevator). There are also detailed explorations of such classic concrns as Naming, birth announcements and shower gifts.