Getting Over The Hurdles

A new Brazelton book shows parents how their behavior can help kids find their way

What lies behind the tempers, compulsions, tears and laughter of young children? Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and Joshua Sparrow, a child psychiatrist, have come up with the term touchpoints in a new book to describe the bursts of inexplicable behavior that seem to grip young children just before they make a developmental leap. A child just about to walk, for instance, might be restless at night, or cranky for days, until the afternoon she masters her first shaky trip across the carpet. Or a three-year-old struggling to acquire his language skills might have daily meltdowns until he can make himself understood...

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