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Is This a Phase?

by Helen F. Neville, B.S., R.N.

What do new parents do more than anything else? W-O-R-R-Y.

They worry about if a baby is healthy, happy, and developing intellectually, they worry about what behavior is coming next and they worry if they’re making the right choices. In short, they want to know if what they’re seeing is just a phase or something to talk with the doctor about.

That’s why Helen Fowler Neville wrote Is This a Phase? Child Development & Parent Strategies, Birth to 6 Years.

Neville, a veteran Bay Area pediatric nurse and parent educator, has created a reference that belongs in every nursery. Written with concise descriptions and dozens of charts and graphs that will make it quick and easy to use for both fathers and mothers, this reassuring guide explains what to expect at every developmental stage between birth and age 6. Then it walks parents and caregivers through three dozen topics common in the first six years of life: everything from attention span and impulse control to death, divorce, and the red flags that signal reading readiness issues.

The co-author of Parenting Press’s well-regarded Temperament Tools: Working with Your Child’s Inborn Traits (Rev. Ed.), Neville has been affiliated with Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Oakland, California since 1976.

Is This a Phase? was illustrated by Jenny Williams of Wales, who also illustrated Parenting Press’s 25 Things to Do When Grandpa Passes Away, Mom and Dad Get Divorced, or the Dog Dies, by Laurie Kanyer.

The foreword was written by Thomas Breese, M.D., University of California Medical Center, San Francisco.

Silver Medalist
Book of the Year Awards

Honor Award
National Parenting Publications Awards

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Useful for birth–6 years
224 pages
$23.95 paperback
$42.95 library

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Last updated June 05, 2014