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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; annotated edition edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738211672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738211671
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LibraryJournal.com, 6/10/08
“Show[s] parents how to intervene by providing language that is most often very sensible and would help parents in the middle of a crisis.”


About.com
“I'll be totally frank here: I absolutely loved this book!...Does an outstanding job of organizing kid behaviors…A great buy…Makes parents feel they really can effectively manage almost anything--and isn't that the point?”


Boston Globe BoMoms blog
“A clever cheat sheet…You’ll appreciate [the local authors’] calm, non-violent advice for top-level badness.”


Words To Mouth blog
“Incredible resource…Like the What to Expect When You’re Expecting for the toddler years.”


Mid-Ohio Valley Parent, 3/09
“This is a handy reference book to keep around.”


Mindful Mama blog, 9/23
“Offer[s] practical solutions to real-world challenges involving children in this age group.”

About the Author

Michelle Nicholasen, an award-winning filmmaker for Frontline and Nova, is a full-time mom. She lives outside of Boston.

Barbara O’Neal, mother and grandmother, has co-directed the Arlington Children’s Center for thirty years. She lives outside of Boston.

Customer Reviews

I found this book to be very practical and realistic.
Emom
Yes, some advice seems intuitive, but it's really nice to have just read - and be able to remember - that advice when you are with a screaming child.
buzzman
This book has some great suggestions on how to handle all different situations that my daughter can challenge me with!
WN

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By VAMomof4 on October 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
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 years.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cassandra Blomberg on September 3, 2010
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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 toddlers need consistency and limits. For the level of detail on the meltdowns in a small child's life, I'd say it's a good choice, but have your own plan in place for how to handle things consistently and just use this book as a supplement maybe.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Kara on July 2, 2008
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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!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By JenBig on July 7, 2008
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The previous review is right, this book, which I happened upon in a local bookstore is WONDERFUL! I sat down in the store to look at it real quick and after 30 seconds I decided to buy it. The BEST part of this book is the table of contents, pick the problem/s you are having with your child, "Child not hugging grandparents", go to that section and there is the problem, and the solution, even better, if that solution doesn't work, they offer another solution and often times even a third. This book is so easy to move around in and the advice is right there, you don't have to read page after page to get what you are looking for. If you are having any frustrations with your kids, buy this book, it is worth every penny.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Emom on September 12, 2009
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I found this book to be very practical and realistic. You can tell that the writers have real life experience. You can easily find the behaviors/ situations that apply to you and skip the ones that you don't need. Good buy for parents of toddlers.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Susan M. Heim VINE VOICE on September 8, 2008
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Although the toddler and preschool ages are wondrous years of learning and discovery, they are often overshadowed by power struggles, tantrums, and battles. It can be a very frustrating time for both parents and children. As I'm currently in the throes of raising twin four-year-old boys, I immediately jumped at the chance to read "I Brake for Meltdowns: How to Handle the Most Exasperating Behavior of Your 2- to 5-Year-Old." Finally, a book has been written to help me cope when life with little ones makes me wonder if I'm truly adequate for the job of parenting!

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!
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