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ARE you a parent looking for ways to cope with your toddler without resorting to the naughty step or controlled crying?
A Saffron Walden author believes her second controversial guide will help.
Sarah Ockwell-Smith describes ToddlerCalm – aimed at parents of children aged 12 months to four years – as “a refreshing twist on mainstream popular parenting methods, and it builds on the success of her first book, BabyCalm.
She said: “ToddlerCalm is is likely to prove very controversial since it challenges the most popular parenting methods, such as time out, the naughty step and sticker reward charts.
“Using current scientific evidence but written in layman’s language it questions our current belief that in order to tame toddlers you need to ignore or punish their bad behaviour and reward the good with lots of praise.
“The book sums up the techniques used in the popular ToddlerCalm classes, a company which has only been in existence for 18 months and yet already runs in over 100 locations worldwide including the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, The Netherlands and The United Arab Emirates.”
The book has already won support from model and marathon runner Nell McAndrew, who said: “Within five minutes of reading the real life stories in ToddlerCalm I could relate!”
As well as looking after her own four children, Mrs Ockwell-Smith has a BSc in psychology and worked for several years in pharmaceutical research and development.
Following the birth of her first-born, she re-trained as a paediatric homeopath, hypnobirthing antenatal teacher and birth and postnatal doula, and has also undertaken training in baby massage, hypnotherapy and psychotherapy.
In 2007 she founded BabyCalm, an award-winning company offering support and classes to new parents, and subsequently launched ToddlerCalm in April 2012.
ToddlerCalm is published by Piatkus on October 3 and the paperwork costs £13.99.