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Buy one for yourself and one for a friend or relative.
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2013
Why should you buy this book when technically, the author isn't presenting anything new that wasn't already mentioned in "Bringing Up Bebe"? Well, because your in-laws probably aren't going to bother reading B.U.B. This crystallizes the philosophy of the first book, and can easily be read in an hour or two. You can highlight the most important of the 100 keys so that it becomes a very handy reference guide to help keep you grounded in the midst of the daily grind. The accessibility of it is definitely worth the price.
Do I agree with 100% of what the author says? Nope, but that's okay. I'm suspicious of anyone who says they unerringly subscribe to an author's views, anyway. I won't get into what I disagree with, because really, I might diverge from the author on some particulars, but what's important here is that the author eloquently makes the case for traditionalist parenting. Where else can we find this kind of treatise in a culture that is supersaturated with attachment parenting?
Grant a lot of freedom within a firm set of boundaries. Raise a child who always asks permission of parents who try to say yes as often as they can. Create routines that offer a comforting rhythm for the child but are not slavishly adhered to if circumstances change. A child can learn to sleep through the night and develop a taste for a variety of foods. Treat the child as a member of the family, not the center of the family. Give the child real responsibilities that contribute to the family so that he feels useful. Teach your child self-control by asking them to wait and not immediately rescuing them from their frustration. Respect a child's autonomy and independent play time. These maxims have fallen by the wayside in American homes for the past thirty years, but thanks to this book, I have a resource that offers a glimpse into the calm home of loving, assertive parents who say, "C'est moi qui décide," or in English, "It is me who decides."