One of the more down-to-earth books in recent memory on raising children from toddlerhood to age six. Galinsky and David (director and research associate, respectively/Work and Family Life Studies Research Bank Street College) recognize that there is no one right way of handling individual children. They cite studies that indicate children are born not as tabulae rasae, but already bearing varying temperaments that require different approaches to day-to-day problems and situations. They have organized their book around actual questions and problems raised by parents in ""hundreds of seminars"" conducted by the authors. Topics covered include discipline, at-home and away-from-home routines, special needs of the two-paycheck family and the single working parent, etc. Sometimes the parents reveal how they groped their way to satisfactory solutions; frequently the authors suggest solutions or refer to advice or research findings by other child-development experts. Meanwhile, almost every aspect of child-rearing is dealt with: how to help socialize an innately shy child; how to handle aggressiveness; what to do about the ""difficult,"" tense, hyperactive, change-resistant child; what to do about ""doctor play""; how to select the best at-home or group care-givers; and so on. Sensible, imaginative, flexible: an almost all-encompassing guide for parents of preschool children.