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Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2020
I'll start by saying that our home is set up to ensure our baby's safety while allowing as much exploration, growth, and learning as possible. At 11 months old, our baby can not only walk, but actually run all over the place. Our baby eats and tastes everything I offer. And our baby can understand basic words and directions (such as "This is a fish," "Give this to Daddy," or "Time for bed") in two languages already.
I was hoping for a book that would help us do even better.
This book failed miserably.
It came on as elitist, discouraging, highly privileged, and just plain depressing. I don't remember reading a book about toddlers as discouraging as this one, honestly.
The discipline advice in this book was nothing I hadn't already read in every other book about babies and toddlers. Except the other books didn't have those elitist, unrealistic views on how perfectly good and educative plastic toys should be thrown away (which, considering the number of kids out there who have nothing at all, is a complete waste and disgrace), how music should only be enjoyed in a peaceful environment and not as a background, or how kids should have discovery stations all over the place, which is unrealistic and unfeasible for most parents in this world.
There are wonderful apps out there to teach you how to make sure your toddler grows into a happy, curious kid and a caring human being.
And if like me, this book made you feel absolutely awful, please remember you are trying your best. That's all that matters.