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If many parents find the toddler years the most challenging, they also agree that nothing is quite as gratifying as being present through this special stage. Even though an hour spent coping with a cranky toddler can seem like a year, the opposite is also true: those 24 months from ages one through three pass in the blink of an eye.

While each stage of childhood contains special joys, the intensity of the toddler years offers more emotional highs than any other stage, if parents can open their hearts to the blessings of the many precious moments. Toddlers' enthusiasm as they discover the world is infectious. Parents can re-experience the miracle of life in all of its fascinating manifestations.

These are the years to relive the thrill of leaves blowing in the wind. To marvel at fingers and toes turning to prunes in a bathtub. To revisit the wondrous lands of Itsy Bitsy spiders, London Bridge, and Winnie the Pooh. To again delight in the mystery and beauty of butterflies, earthworms, and dandelions.

These two short years offer parents the chance to revel in their child's long string of victories: Building a block tower and sending it crashing to the floor. Getting a bite of egg from plate to mouth with a fork. Sleeping in a big bed. Zipping a zipper and using a potty. This time offers parents the chance to experience the warmth of a spontaneous kiss, the comfort of a consoling hug, and the reassurance of knowing they are special, important, and oh-so needed.

This book contains tips for every aspect of guiding youngsters through these critical years of rapid intellectual, physical, emotional, and moral development. It summarizes the best available information on everything from diet to safety, from discipline to fun and games.

My best advice to parents shepherding a young one through this special stage of life can be summed up in a nutshell: Relax. Smile. And enjoy!

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