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  • After reading Dr. Harvey Karp’s book, “The Happiest Baby on the Block,” and watching that DVD – and having great success using his methods with our newborn – I was anxious to read and watch this follow-up volume. I read the book, “The Happiest Toddler on the Block,” first, which I recommend, to get the nitty-gritty on his methods and to understand the “whys” behind his methods. It takes awhile to get through the book and have it well absorbed, but it is certainly time well spent since it will save you from three or more years of headaches! I was so impressed by the book that I decided to buy this DVD in order to see real-life examples of his methods. I was not disappointed. This DVD offers a great overview/review of the book, real-life examples with parents and toddlers, and thoroughly covers the main points (such as “Toddler-ese” and “The Fast Food Rule”) as well as most of the side topics (such as “Feeding the Meter” and “Gossiping”). Again, it is time and money well spent since it will help save you from headaches and public embarrassment! And more importantly, you will begin to form a foundation of open communication and mutual trust with your child as you learn to communicate love and respect to him – in his own language – instead of resorting to more violent or forceful forms of parenting. I only wish that Amazon.com would bundle “The Happiest Toddler” book with “The Happiest Toddler” DVD, instead of bundling Dr. Karp’s two books together and his two DVDs together. I agree with the other reviewers that you really should read the book, too, to get the most out of what he is teaching here. But everything by Dr. Karp is wonderful, easy-to-understand, highly effective, and trustworthy. His methods are not gimmicky; he really understands kids and you’ll understand yours better after learning this material. My daughter is about to turn one and I already connect with her better by using Toddler-ese! What else would you expect from a friendly pediatrician who always (and I mean ALWAYS) wears blue shirts?!? :)

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