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I Brake for Meltdowns: How to Handle the Most Exasperating Behavior of Your 2- to 5-year-old Paperback – July 1, 2008
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About the Author
Barbara O’Neal, mother and grandmother, has co-directed the Arlington Children’s Center for thirty years. She lives outside of Boston.
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Top Customer Reviews
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 years.
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!
What I really like about this book is that it's practical. It gives real solutions for how to handle very specific scenarios. In fact, the list is so extensive that you're sure to find a solution to your particular parenting problems. Written by Michelle Nicholasen--a mom who had five children in five years (including triplets)--and Barbara O'Neal--a mother of three children (and three grandchildren) who has worked with preschool-aged children for more than 40 years--the authors bring a wealth of wisdom and experience to the table. Every parent with a 2- to 5-year-old needs to pick up "I Brake for Meltdowns." It will give them hope that they can survive the trials of raising toddlers and preschoolers!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have not finished this book yet but I had barely gotten through the introduction when I found useful information that I use several times a day with my 3 year old boy. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amy McIntosh
I checked this book out from the library, and I must admit that though I read a lot of parenting books, I didn't get very far into this one. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved the book would recommend it to Mom's going threw this. As alot of good advice dealing with your child.Published 23 months ago by Liza
this book doesn't give any extra tips or tricks that we haven't already tried ourselves. It's nothing special unless you never look online or talk to other parents to figure these... Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by LaRae
THis book was an awesome help to me as a mom and I loved the fact that it was not real expensive and was easy to have shipped to me and have help right there. Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by proudmom
This book was bought for my Daughter and she thought that it contained some helpful insights and it was easy to find the information she was looking for.Published on May 12, 2012 by MUTTLOVER
Great handbook for exasperating and not-so-exasperating situations written by a Mom with 5 closely-spaced kids, and a veteran childcare expert. Read morePublished on March 10, 2012 by Single Mom by Choice
I bought this book for a book review assignment in one of my classes. I will be holding on to this one! Really helpful and an interesting read.Published on December 13, 2011 by Jredd