I FINALLY finished reading it and can honestly say that it's changed my entire perspective on disciplining and relating to my children! I started using some of the techniques with Venily and have seen a DRAMATIC improvement over the last week and a half! Highly recommended! And I was worried that Jason would be resistant to some of the techniques b/c I knew he would never actually read it, but without even saying anything he is following my lead really well and he can see what a huge difference it has made!!!
Venily was at the point where I will admit, I often did not even want to be around her anymore and she was driving me CRAZY and now she is a completely different child!!!!! It's unreal! If I ever have another baby, I will definitely be reading The Happiest Baby on the Block because the toddler edition is so incredible! There are some things that just don't appeal to me like the extreme of the "Toddler-ese" that he uses, but I have been able to adapt it to better fit our family. The "time-ins", "FFR", and overall insight into a toddler's brain along with the importance of letting a toddler feel in control and how to validate her feelings and basically all the "how to avoid a tantrum" stuff has been a complete lifesaver! They've literally worked like magic!
I think I'm going to read it again in 3 months just to refresh my memory! (or sooner if we have any more troubles) :) There are some things that I think would be really great ideas like the "Magic Breathing" and "Fairy Tale" lessons that I'd like to do, but I don't want to focus on too many things at once. I need to get some of the other things down really well first and then maybe we'll add in some more in 3 months or so! :)