The Magic Years: Understanding and Handling the Problems of Early Childhood

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Simon and Schuster, 1996 - Family & Relationships - 320 pages
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To a small child, the world is an exciting but sometimes frightening and unstable place. In The Magic Years, Selma Fraiberg takes the reader into the mind of the child, showing how he confronts the world and learns to cope with it. With great warmth and perception, she discusses the problems at each stage of development and reveals the qualities—above all, the quality of understanding—that can provide the right answer at critical moments.

To a small child, the world is an exciting but sometimes frightening and unstable place. In The Magic Years, Selma Fraiberg takes the reader into the mind of the child, showing how he confronts the world and learns to cope with it. With great warmth and perception, she discusses the problems at each stage of development and reveals the qualities—above all, the quality of understanding—that can provide the right answer at critical moments.
 

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This book was given to me 32 years ago and it was the most useful and perceptive book I have read on early childhood. As I didn't have the benefit of my mothers guidance when raising my children this was a handy and practical substitute.
I have since recommended it to every new mother I have known. Now my offspring will be the receivers of this sensible guide as they start their own families.
 

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This is a must read for any parent. The best explanation of what is going on with children from ages 0 to 6. I have purchased several copies for friends.

Contents

All About Witches Ogres Tigers
3
What Is Anxiety?
10
Laughing Tiger
16
An Infant Scientist
23
Shake Off Slumber and Beware
35
Civilization and Its Discontents
68
In Brobdingnac
107
Education Toward Reality
146
A Shut in the Center of the Universe
179
Education fob Love
210
ttt CONTENTS
218
Education of Conscience
242
PartV CONCLUSION
285
INDEX
303
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About the author (1996)

Selma H. Fraiberg was Professor of Child Psychoanalysis and Director of the Infant-Parent Program of San Francisco General Hospital, University of California School of Medicine. Her articles were published widely in professional and popular magazines.

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