The first three years of a child's life are a crucial time for development of healthy self-esteem and a positive attitude towards learning. This guide can help you make the most of those precious early years. Its unique blend of practical advice on daily concerns and insights on social and emotional development can help everyone who cares for a little one - from first-time parents to professional caregivers. What causes colic? when do babies begin talking. How can I prevent tantrums? 'The First Years' answers these questions and offers suggestions on how to most effectively encourage and praise your little one as he or she tackles the challenges of growing into a healthy toddler. In language that is easy to understand, the authors describe the stages of language acquisition, play styles, emotional and physical needs, and other developmental milestones. the book also provides over 75 full-color photographs illustrating the techniques discussed, over 25 special boxes with useful tips, 25 boxes with expert advice, and a thorough list of resources to contact for special concerns. Drawing from professional expertise and personal experience, the authors help you encourage your child's good eating and exercise habits, emotional growth, and communication skills. All information has been reviewed by the I Am Your Child Foundation, a national organization devoted to raising public awareness about the importance of learning in a child's first years of life.