How Toddlers Thrive

Dr. Tovah Klein, called “the toddler whisperer” on Good Morning America, has penned “a parenting milestone” (Dr. Harvey Rotbart, No Regrets Parenting) with How Toddlers Thrive, which shows parents of children ages two to five how to harness the singular power of the toddler mind during what might be the most crucial time of a child’s brain development, to plant the seeds of lifelong success.

Why do some children thrive, and others struggle? The answers may surprise you. New research indicates that the seeds for adult success are actually planted in the toddler years.

Dr. Tovah Klein’s research and firsthand work with thousands of toddlers explains why the toddler brain is best suited to laying the foundation for success. Dr. Klein reveals the new science behind drivers such as resilience, self-reliance, self-regulation, and empathy that are more critical to success than simple intelligence. She explains what you can do today to instill these key qualities in your toddler during this crucial time, so they are on track and ready to learn when they enter school at age five.  

How Toddlers Thrive explains why the toddler years are different than any other period during childhood. She shows what is happening in children’s brains and bodies at this age that makes their behavior so turbulent, and why your reaction to their behavior—the way you speak to, speak about, and act toward your toddler—holds the key to a successful tomorrow and a happier today. This provocative book will inspire you to be a better parent, and give you the tools to help you nurture your child’s full potential. A smart and useful guide, this book cracks the preschooler code, revealing what you can do to help your toddler grow into a fulfilled child and adult—while helping you and your toddler live more happily together now, and every day.

Meet the Author

Tovah P. KleinTOVAH P. KLEIN, Ph.D. is the Director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development (Barnard Toddler Center) and a psychology professor at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a doctorate in psychology from Duke University. She was a clinical fellow at Harvard University, Boston Children’s Hospital and a visiting scholar at UCLA.

Dr. Klein has been steeped in work with parents and toddlers for nearly three decades and considers the toddler-world a ‘toddlertopia’. She has been referred to as the ‘toddler whisperer’ and finds humor an essential piece of parenthood (her own and those she works with). She conducts research on early development, including parenting challenges and work and family issues; children’s play; sleep and separation; and child trauma.

She writes for and is frequently quoted in the media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Parents.com, Everydayhealth.com and Slate.com.

Dr. Klein consults worldwide to programs for young children, was a developmental advisor to Sesame Street, and is on the advisory boards of Room to Grow, Ubuntu Education Fund, Rwanda Educational Assistance Project, PerDev, and LearnNow.org. She lives in New York with her husband and three children.

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