I Brake for Meltdowns: How to Handle the Most Exasperating Behavior of Your 2- to 5-year-old
Any parent of a toddler knows the drill: you’re having a nice day with your child, then suddenly-meltdown! How to react? Or not react? I Brake for Meltdowns offers parents welcome relief: an annotated listing of all the exasperating things little kids do and step-by-step advice on how to handle each situation. From “Public Meltdowns” to “In Search of Sleep” to “Dinner Disasters,” this book covers every bugaboo by category-including biting, teeth-brushing, refusal to wear a coat, and what to do when your youngster won’t hug Aunt Marge. Handy action points, suggested language, and “Been There” sidebars point the way to resolution. Infused with funny, often commiserating advice, this is an invaluable resource for parents who try their darnedest but need a cheat-sheet for when they’re stumped by their willful tots.
Great resource for new parents; great reminders & tools for experienced parents.
By VAMomof4 - October 22, 2008
Highly recommend! As a mom of 4 children aged 11 down to 2, it's not often that I have time to pick up a parenting book anymore. But this great book kept me reading & gave me some helpful new parenting tools for my arsenal. It would be a wonderful resource for new parents, too.
Targeted to common parenting challenges -- e.g., pushing, mean & angry talking, refusing to stay at the dinner table -- the book suggests very specific words & actions parents can use with young children for each particular issue -- with a loving, respectful, but firm tone that most of us aspire to, but don't always achieve. So busy parents can flip right to the problem at hand for a quick refresher on an ideal response, or for another approach to try when you're stuck in a parenting rut. The authors include lots of examples & solutions from their own experience that really ring true & make this a much more practical & helpful resource than most of the parenting books I've consulted over the... read more
Finally, A book I can reach for!!
By J. L. Kara "jkara" - July 2, 2008
Wow, wow, wow! Finally a parenting book I can relate to! As the mother of one three year old boy and an avid reader, I find myself reading a lot of parenting books. So far I haven't found one that I could really get on board with (and I have read a LOT of them!). This one finally changed that for me. This book is great! Not too "crunchy", not too old school, just sane parenting advice.
I love the way the book is organized with an index AND a table of contents to help me find exactly the situation I need help with at the time. I also love the feel and the look of the book (as a book lover, paper texture and feel is important to me). This is a fantastic book for those of us searching for a way to deal with our dear children in an effective and reasonable way. Five stars!
Good book, expected more
By Cassandra Blomberg "Cassandra" - September 3, 2010
It was a good book. I expected more, or something more solid to apply like maybe a consistent approach to handling the meltdowns, though. But, it does provide so many solutions for everyday situations. The other books I bought didn't touch nose picking, rudeness to strangers, meltdowns in vehicles, etc. A wide, wide variety of everyday battles to look up. I understand they were trying to provide solutions for a small child and older children so there are so many examples and they are different. If you have children within this range, I'd say it's a good choice. But, we thought they gave way too many chances and alternatives. For example, I'm not making two meals for my child every night for dinner just because she may not like one. She eats what we eat, or she can have what's already on the table, like bread. But, that's just us. Some people may think that's too harsh. Overall, I'd say there is no consistent approach addressed in the book, every situation is handled differently, but... read more
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