1, 2, 3... the Toddler Years: A Practical Guide for Parents & Caregivers

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Toddler Press
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5.57 X 8.53 X 0.55 inches | 0.69 pounds

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About the Author

Irene van der Zande is an internationally-recommended personal safety and child development expert who has directly taught thousands of people of all ages and abilities how to take charge of their emotional and physical safety and how to develop positive relationships that enrich their lives. Irene is the founder and executive director of Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International, a global nonprofit that has protected over 3 million children, teens, and adults from bullying, abuse, harassment, assault, kidnapping, and other violence through greater awareness, action, and skills. The inspiration for starting Kidpower happened in 1985, when, in a public place with people standing all around, Irene protected a group of eight young children, including her own two, from a man who was threatening to kidnap them. Searches for answers to questions raised by this frightening experience led Irene to collaborate with educators, mental health professionals, law enforcement officials, martial artists, health care providers, and other parents to establish Kidpower in 1989. Since then, Irene has led the development of personal safety programs that are effective, empowering, and fun - and that build confidence. Kidpower's Positive Practice Teaching Method (TM) coaches students so that they are successful in rehearsing how to handle difficult - and dangerous - problems with people in situations that are relevant to their lives. Irene is an inspiring speaker, a dedicated leader, and an author whose writing is filled with humor, memorable stories, and practical advice. Her many books include 1,2, 3 ... The Toddler Years; The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People; Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe; the Relationship Safety Handbook for Teens and Adults; One Strong Move: Cartoon Illustrated Self-Defense Lessons; Earliest Teachable Moment: Personal Safety for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers; the Kidpower Safety Comics, the Kidpower Youth Safety Comics, and the Fullpower Safety Comics series; and training manuals for educators. Currently, she is working on two book projects, Face Bullying With Confidence: How to Create Cultures of Respect and Safety for All Ages and Stages of Life and Doing Right by Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society.
Founded in 1976 by two women who were concerned about the lack of quality care for young children, the Santa Cruz Toddler Care Center has grown into a model program visited by people from as far as New Zealand and Japan. The Toddler Center is inspired by the approach presented by Infant care specialist Magda Gerber, known as the RIE philosophy.


"Reading this book is like looking through a one-way mirror into daily life with a toddler. I recommend it highly..." -- Maga Gerber, Founder of Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE)
"Concise, easy-to-read, informative guide gives wonderful, real-life examples of toddler behavior and offers creative, respectful strategies..." -- Janis Keyser, Family and Program Support Manager of Google's Children Center
"... a treasure house of information and examples of respectful interactions with toddlers...I heartily recommend this book..." --Janet Gonzalez-Mena, Faculty at the Program for Infant-Toddler Caregivers (PITC) and author of 13 early childhood books