Module 1: ToddlerCalm literature review

In this section there will be a significant amount of reading to do. Each of the 10 books in this module are compulsory reading for your ToddlerCalm qualification. There are instructions for each book on specific things to consider as you read and several short answer questions for each. Once qualified we will provide you with additional recommended reading that will help you to continue and deepen your understanding at your own pace. This is the only pre-course module that does not need to be entirely completed before you face-to-face training. Completing as much as possible would be an advantage.

ToddlerCalm: A guide for calmer and happier parents by Sarah Ockwell-Smith

Instructions for reading and reviewing this book

Please read the whole of this book

It is essential that you have a full understanding of this text. Whilst you are reading this book, please make notes on areas that particularly resonated with you and areas that concerned you or you felt unsure about. If you have already read this book, please skim through and remind yourself whilst making some notes. When answering the questions in this literature review, we encourage you to have the text available to refer to.

Please describe the main themes and topics within the book, highlighting what you felt you particularly gained from reading it.

Please describe how you would use the information in this book to help you as a parent?

Please describe how you might use the knowledge you have gained from this book as a ToddlerCalm consultant, highlighting the key differences from your description in the previous question.

Please highlight any deficiencies that this book has and how you might seek to rectify those in your knowledge base.

How do you feel the research/evidence stacks up in favour of the conclusions drawn by the author of this book?

What every parent needs to know (The Science of Parenting) by Margot Sunderland

Instructions for reading and reviewing this book

Please read the whole of this book

It is an essential first insight into neuropsychology and the impact that parenting can have on development of the brain. Whilst you are reading this book, please make notes on areas that particularly resonated with you and areas that concerned you or you felt unsure about. If you have already read this book, please skim through and remind yourself whilst making some notes. When answering the questions in this literature review, we encourage you to have the text available to refer to.

Please choose one section of the book that was a "light-bulb" moment for you and describe it's contents and what you think of it.

Please choose one subject of the book that you either didn't fully understand or that didn't seem consistent with your understanding/values and describe it and your thoughts on it.

Playful parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen

Instructions for reading and reviewing this book

Please gain a thorough insight into the themes and topics in this book

Playful parenting provides an insight into how play relates to development and can shape parenting techniques. Whilst you are reading this book, please make notes on areas that particularly resonated with you and areas that concerned you or you felt unsure about. It might be useful to note some examples of some techniques that you feel might work well and those that might not. If you have already read this book, please skim through and remind yourself whilst making some notes. When answering the questions in this literature review, we encourage you to have the text available to refer to.

Please describe the main themes and topics within the book, highlighting what you felt you particularly gained from reading it.

It is useful as a ToddlerCalm consultant to be able to recall anecdotes or scenarios where you have used methods with toddlers. Please note a quick example of how you have (or could) implement a technique in the book in real life.

Please highlight any deficiencies that this book has and how you might characterise these with parents if they ask.

Unconditional parenting by Alfie Kohn

Instructions for reading and reviewing this book

Please read the whole of this book

Unconditional parenting is an amazing book that can be quite emotive for some people. Whilst you are reading this book, it may help you to make a reflective log of your emotional reactions to the concepts in the book. You should also note areas that particularly resonated with you and areas that concerned you or you felt unsure about. If you have already read this book, please skim through and remind yourself whilst making some notes. When answering the questions in this literature review, we encourage you to have the text available to refer to.

Please describe the main themes and topics within the book, highlighting what you felt you particularly gained from reading it.

Please describe two reactions you had to the concepts in the book and highlight how reflecting on this may help you be a better ToddlerCalm consultant

My child won't eat by Carlos Gonzales

Instructions for reading and reviewing this book

Please read the whole of this book

An interesting book that highlights our (adults) relationship with food and introduces normal toddler behaviour in this area. Whilst you are reading this book, please make notes on areas that particularly resonated with you and areas that concerned you or you felt unsure about. It may be worth noting some things that you think may complicate trying to provide parents with this information. If you have already read this book, please skim through and remind yourself whilst making some notes. When answering the questions in this literature review, we encourage you to have the text available to refer to.

What important reflections do you have about the parenting you received around eating?

What reflections do you have about your eating habits now?

What "light bulb" moments do you think parents might have when being presented with this information?

Please note any complications with providing this information to parents:

Love bombing by Oliver James

Instructions for reading and reviewing this book

Please gain a thorough insight into the themes and topics in this book

Love bombing is an important concept to fully understand. Whilst you are reading this book, please relate the love bombing concept to the ideas and evidence in the other books you have read. If you have already read this book, please skim through and remind yourself whilst making some notes. When answering the questions in this literature review, we encourage you to have the text available to refer to.

Describe the concept of love bombing in 100 words as if you had to explain it to a stranger in an  'elevator speech'.

Please describe any limitations you can see with the love bombing technique.

Why baby wearing matters by Rosie Knowles

Instructions for reading and reviewing this book

Please read the whole of this book

This is a condense introduction to the importance of baby wearing, written with great attention and love. Whilst you are reading this book, consider how this information relates specifically to parents with toddlers. If you have already read this book, please skim through and remind yourself whilst making some notes. When answering the questions in this literature review, we encourage you to have the text available to refer to.

Why do you think we have included this on the ToddlerCalm training, even though it is about "baby" wearing? Discuss particularly the importance of language here

Do slings create clingy children? Please explain your answer

The Gentle Sleep book by Sarah Ockwell-Smith

Instructions for reading and reviewing this book

Please ensure that you read chapters 1-6 and 10-13 inclusive

As the first book in the Gentle Parenting series and the first offering from Sarah Ockwell Smith since BabyCalm and ToddlerCalm, this is important reading. Whilst you are reading this book, please consider how it is different from ToddlerCalm. If you have already read this book, please skim through and remind yourself whilst making some notes. when answering the questions in this literature review, we encourage you to have the text available to refer to.

Please identify one or two things that you feel are an improvement in this book from ToddlerCalm

Please highlight any areas/themes or anything that you feel is less good than ToddlerCalm.

Describe how you might use the information in this book to assist you as a ToddlerCalm consultant

The whole brain child - Dan Siegal & Tina Bryson

Instructions for reading and reviewing this book

A fascinating perspective on the brain. Whilst you are reading this book, please make notes on areas that particularly resonated with you and areas that concerned you or you felt unsure about. It may help you to consider how this book is similar and different from "what every parent needs to know". If you have already read this book, please skim through and remind yourself whilst making some notes. When answering the questions in this literature review, we encourage you to have the text available to refer to.

Please describe the main themes and topics within the book, highlighting what you felt you particularly gained from reading it.

Please describe how you might use the knowledge you have gained from this book as a ToddlerCalm consultant

Please highlight any deficiencies that this book has and how you might seek to rectify those in your knowledge base.

How do you feel the research/evidence stacks up in favour of the conclusions drawn by the author(s) of this book?

Peaceful parents, happy kids by Laura Markham

Instructions for reading and reviewing this book

Laura Markham provides a compassionate toolkit for gentler parenting. Whilst you are reading this book, please make notes on how the techniques and ideas are presented and how this approach compares to others'. If you have already read this book, please skim through and remind yourself whilst making some notes. When answering the questions in this literature review, we encourage you to have the text available to refer to.

Please describe the main themes and topics within the book, highlighting what you felt you particularly gained from reading it.

Please highlight any deficiencies that this book has and how you might seek to rectify those in your knowledge base.

How did this book make you feel as a parent and what can you learn from that?