Author(s): Sarah Ockwell-Smith
Sarah Ockwell-Smith, founder of BabyCalm and ToddlerCalm, is passionate about 'gentle' parenting. Her mission is to let parents know that there are other ways to cope with a toddler apart from putting him or her on the naughty step or resorting to controlled crying. This book will fill a gap in the market, helping parents enjoy their toddlers, understand the limitations of current popular toddler parenting methods such as sticker charts and time out, and to have the confidence to ignore the current mainstream 'experts' and parent their own child with trust and empathy. Chapters include: Why toddlers are not mini-adults; the importance of night-time parenting; coping with a picky eater; communication - toddler style; avoiding difficult situations; the importance of unconditional love and why you don't need to be permissive to parent respectfully.
I welcome this book as a sensitive antidote to the alternatives. It is not advocating permissive or authoritarian care, it is a paean to the glorious fun and joy which can result from understanding your toddler, seeing it from their point of view, and then gently nudging them towards maturity -- Oliver James
Sarah Ockwell-Smith is the mother of four young children. She has a BSc in Psychology and worked for several years in Pharmaceutical Research and Development. Following the birth of her firstborn, Sarah re-trained as a Paediatric Homeopath, HypnoBirthing Antenatal Teacher and Birth and Postnatal Doula. She has also undertaken training in Baby Massage, Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. She is the founder of Babycalm (www.babycalm.co.uk), an award-winning company offering support and classes to new parents and subsequently launched ToddlerCalm in April 2012. ToddlerCalm have 50 UK teachers as well as teachers in place in Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. They have also formed a partnership with the Active Birth Centre and run regular workshops from their London headquarters (www.toddlercalming.co.uk).