*Important, Special Note: the book discussed below was purchased by me & is not in any way a solicited nor sponsored placement blah blah blah, etc.*
Having learned the hard way that one - ok, *I* - cannot cram for a baby as one did for the Bar exam, I resolved not to buy umpty-million toddler parenting books as I did for the infant stage. Surprisingly, I've actually stuck to this resolution, if only because I'm so busy preventing Master P from sofa surfing that I have no time to read them all, let alone meticulously highlight and take notes on them*.
*Yes, I wish I was kidding about that. Yes, I believe there are some other Legally Blonde types reading this & nodding in silent, sticky-noted understanding.
It was that first incident of sofa surfing, in which my wee CEO paused only to show me the devilish gleam in his eye before catapulting himself headfirst off the couch, where I realized I might need to read something about rule setting. You might think this would be an intuitive thing, but "Try not to kill yourself!" and "You will never, ever inherit Mommy's handbag collection if you keep this up!" are surprisingly unpersuasive with the toddler set.
So I ordered this book on the recommendation of friends and, after a brief scan, began to implement its discipline philosophy of encouraging critical thinking versus barking out a set of "no" based orders. "No, do not put your toys in the dryer!" becomes, "Uh-oh! If you put your toys in the dryer they might get hurt. Do you want your toys to get hurt or not get hurt?" and so on: