Sage Advice From Top Parenthood Scholars

From better ways to communicate with your child to learning how to discipline, six leading parenting experts offer you their favorite tips.

The Scholar: Penelope Leach, Ph.D.
The Book: Your Baby & Child (Knopf)
The Advice: Instead of parenting "by the book," try taking your baby's point of view. This will help you make the most of your parent-child interactions by communicating more effectively with him and learning to respond to his individual style.

The Scholar: Miriam Stoppard, M.D.
The Book: Complete Baby and Child Care (DK Publishing)
The Advice: Being attentive to your child's physical and emotional needs, whether by giving an infant massage or teaching the importance of eating as a family, will keep her feeling loved and secure and will help her become an outgoing and relaxed adult.

The Scholar: Stanley Greenspan, M.D.
The Book: Building Healthy Minds (Perseus Books)
The Advice: Your child learns a lot from parent-child interactions. By playing a simple game like peekaboo or comforting him through a tantrum, you can teach problem-solving and trust.

The Scholar: Benjamin Spock, M.D.
The Book: Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care (Dutton)
The Advice: "You know more than you think you do." In other words, raising your child won't be complicated once you learn to trust your instincts. Narrowing down obvious causes for crying (wet diaper, hunger, fatigue) will help you develop a sense of control.

The Scholar: T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.
The Book: Touchpoints: The Essential Reference (Perseus Books)
The Advice: In helping your child navigate the world around her, remember that calm discipline is a necessary part of loving her. Setting reasonable limits is important to your child.

The Scholar: William Sears, M.D., and Martha Sears, R.N.
The Book: The Baby Book (Little, Brown and Company)
The Advice: To nurture the development of a secure child and an enjoyable family dynamic, establish early, intense closeness through breastfeeding on demand, co-sleeping,
and wearing your baby in a carrier.