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Short introductions to parenthood over 165 easy-to-read pages                          $24.95  for the set of 12 titles


Babies are born learning. The more they are held, nurtured, and stimulated by language, movement and play in the first three years of life, the better their brains will be for the rest of their lives.

2. BABY ON THE WAY : THE FIRST 6 MONTHS   (18 pages)

Every brain, just like every fingerprint or tongue print is unique, and we each possess a gigantic network of information to which we have almost no access. Can we understand what’s going on in the brain when we love someone, when we listen to a piece of music, when we read a play or a book or a piece of poetry? It is trying to understand what makes us human that generates these, and other, fascinating questions.

3. FROM 6 MONTHS TO 12 MONTHS     (14 pages)

A newborn’s brain is about 25 percent of its approximate adult weight – but by age 3 it has grown dramatically by producing billions of cells and hundreds of trillions of connections, or synapses, between these cells. There are many ways parents and caregivers can help children get off to a good start and establish healthy patterns for life-long learning, enhancing the body’s ability to reduce the incidence of chronic preventable diseases

4. FROM 12 MONTHS TO 18 MONTHS     (8 pages)

Between 13 and 20 months, a toddler’s brain is able to process speech more quickly. At this age, children understand more of what is being said to them than they are able to say themselves. Beginning around 12 months, a child’s babbling will gradually transform into her first “words.”

5. FROM 18 MONTHS TO 2 YEARS           (10 pages)

At this age, your toddler starts to experience new emotions like anger and frustration, guilt, shame, possessiveness and excitement.  These ‘big’ emotions can be hard to deal with for your toddler, and you might see some temper tantrums as a result. Your child is also beginning to think about how she feels, and might link her feelings with words – for example, she might tell you she’s ‘sad’.

6. FROM 2 YEARS TO 3 YEARS                  (16 pages)

Toddlers between two and three really want to find out about themselves and what they want and don’t want.

Because they are beginning to talk in sentences, and sometimes say things in a big and definite voice, we can be tricked into thinking that our toddlers are more grown up than they really are. The most important thing to remember about your children at this age is that they are still babies

7. FROM 3 YEARS TO 4 YEARS            ( 12 pages)

Your three year old is at the very beginning of learning how to get on with others. He can control his strong feelings somewhat better than he did at two but he is still likely to have some tantrums. He starts to understand social skills like sharing and being kind, but he can only practise these skills for a short time when he is feeling safe and happy. Three year olds often enjoy being with other children and they now begin to play together more. They are learning that other people are real and have feelings. This means they can be upset when other people are upset.

8. FROM 4 YEARS TO 5 YEARS              ( 12 pages)

Four year olds are less likely than two year olds to have kicking and screaming tantrums. They are eager to please you. With your help they might be able to try something else or wait for a few minutes. Your child may still have fears of noises, the dark, animals, monsters etc. Five year olds are developing a sense of humour and like to laugh at and repeat silly words and situations.

9. FROM 5 YEARS TO 6 YEARS              (12 pages)

Five to six year olds are moving out into the world and can usually play happily with other children and enjoy lots of physical games as well as stories.

They are learning to understand about the feelings and needs of others, and their behaviour shows that they can feel empathy for others and can share their toys and take turns, at least some of the time.

They may sometimes feel jealous of their parents’ relationship.


Good communication helps children develop confidence, feelings of self-worth and good relationships with others. It makes life with them more pleasant and helps them grow into adults who have good feelings about themselves and others.

11. MANAGING BEHAVIOURS           (19 pages)

You cannot change your child’s temperament. Understanding why your child might be behaving the way he does is better than trying to change him. Some babies are born placid and easy to settle, while others are wakeful and active. Some are regular in their habits from the early days, and others have irregular sleeping and toileting times. These traits start to show themselves in the first few weeks of life, and are linked to particular temperament types. Temperaments are inborn, and are not the result of the actions of adults

12. IT’S PLAYTIME!       (16 pages)

We know that secure attachments and stimulation are significant aspects of brain development and that play provides active exploration that assists in building and strengthening brain pathways. Young children’s play allows them to explore, identify, negotiate, take risks and create meaning. Children who engage in quality play experiences are more likely to have well-developed memory skills, language development, and are able to regulate their behaviour, leading to enhanced school adjustment and academic learning