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What Babies Say Before They Can Talk: The Nine Signals Infants Use to Express Their Feelings    by Paul C. Holinger & Kalia Doner order for
What Babies Say Before They Can Talk
by Paul C. Holinger
Order:  USA  Can
Fireside, 2003 (2003)
* * *   Reviewed by Ayesha Baumgartner

This is a valuable book to help parents avoid behavioral problems and raise happy, capable and responsible children. What Babies Say Before They Can Talk explains how kids are born with the innate capacity to express their full range of feelings, using a communication system of nine signals. Examples of parents' experiences show that the environment influences how a child feels, and that an infant expresses those feelings through clear signals.

By the end of the book you will have a better understanding of your child (as well as of yourself) and learn to be attuned to an infant's ways of communicating. A baby tells you what he needs, thinks, and feels, even before being able to talk. You will learn how the infant's development of her emotional character is directly influenced by the reception of her attempts to communicate from those responsible for her welfare. You will get a clear understanding of the meaning behind your child's expressions and the deeper feelings, needs and wants that are being expressed. This knowledge will help you understand how to boost a child's self-esteem so that he or she grows up to be a healthy, productive, and confident individual.

What Babies Say Before They Can Talk is a must read for all parents-to-be, educators and caretakers, anyone who feels overwhelmed while dealing with infants - basically anyone interacting with young kids. It's an excellent how-to manual on raising emotionally healthy kids, resulting in healthy, productive adults. The process of learning about how a baby communicates and about your own child raising behavior will also enlighten you about yourself. This excellent book will enrich both your child's life and yours.

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