After reading some interesting posts on Janet Lansbury’s blog, Elevating Child Care, I was inspired to read the book her philosophy of child care is based on: Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect by Magda Gerber. I actually read the book about a month ago, but I’ve been holding onto my review because of vacations and visitors. The delay has given me extra time to try out some of the methods in the book and think about their effectiveness. Overall, my reaction to this book, and my personal implementation of it, has been quite mixed.
My main gripe was that the book contains a lot of mental coaching on how to think about a situation, but was somewhat lacking in how such a mindset might lead to concrete actions. As I’m a person who demands implementable results, this wishy-washy mindset talk drove me crazy. It’s all fine and dandy to say that you have to adapt to new developments in your child’s behavior, but how about some concrete suggestions on how to adapt to stranger anxiety or toilet training? Where there were concrete suggestions, they were brilliant for the most part. Continue reading