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Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents Paperback – February 19, 2008
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“Parents of young children will find themselves reaching for this wonderful book by Betsy Brown Braun over and over again!” (--Reveta Bowers, Head of School, The Center for Early Education)
“Betsy Brown Braun is a fine observer of children....This is a book I will recommend to all my parents.” (--Robert M. Landaw, M.D., Pediatrician and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UCLA)
About the Author
Betsy Brown Braun is the bestselling author of Just Tell Me What to Say, a renowned child development and behavior specialist, popular parent educator, and mother of adult triplets. She is a frequent speaker at educational and business conferences, has been a guest expert on Today, the Early Show, Good Morning America, and NPR, and has been cited in USA Today, the New York Times, Family Circle, Parents, Parenting, Cookie, and Woman's Day, among other publications. As the founder of Parenting Pathways, Inc., Betsy offers private consulting and parent seminars as well. She and her husband live in Pacific Palisades, California.
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"Just Tell Me What To Say" is just that: a collection of situations with scripts of what to say to kids. It is calm, wise and completely honest. It has great advice. On the topic of swearing, for example, tips include suggesting funny alternative words to swear words ("Fooey-spitooey!" "Rats!") and that parents should never wash out a child's mouth with soap.
1. SMALL TALK IS BIG TALK. Communicating with your children
2. "TOMMY JUST DOESN'T LISTEN." Discipline do's and don'ts
3. "IT'S ALL MOLLY'S FAULT." Sibling issues
4. "HOW MANY BITES `TIL I CAN GET DESSERT?" Children's eating habits and behaviors
5. "GET YOUR FINGER OUT OF YOUR NOSE!" Manners and social graces
6. "IT'S NOT FAIR!" Day-to-day parenting dilemmas
7. "HOW DID THE BABY GET IN YOUR TUMMY?" Learning about the Birds and the Bees
8. "WHY DID MOMMY'S HAIR FALL OUT?" Talking about serious illness
9. "WHY IS MY GOLDFISH FLOATING IN THE TOILET?" Learning about death
10. "MOMMY AND DADDY HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU." Talking with your children about divorce
11. "IS THE FIRE GOING TO COME TO OUR HOUSE?" Answering questions about natural disasters, terrorism and war.
From page one of Just Tell Me What to Say, I didn't have enough answers, and thankfully, this book would give me them all.
Throughout the chapters of Just Tell Me What to Say, I found a treasure trove of information and advice, many things I did not have in my parent arsenal of answers... but do now! By the end of the book, I felt empowered, ready to take on questions from my toughest toddler, and comforted by the fact that I have an invaluable resource handy, should I need to deal with more sensitive issues like illness and death.
Just Tell Me What to Say covers it all, from sex to divorce, to rudeness in public and picky eaters. The author, Betsy Brown Braun, provides tips and scripts, and oodles of advice, written in a fun, friendly, "parent to parent" style that's easy to identify with and comprehend. Ms. Braun is truly an expert and her advice, priceless.
I could go on and on praising the merits of this book, but in a nutshell-I'm convinced Just Tell Me What to Say is a book that every parent and childcare professional needs. Get a copy and read it today, you'll be grateful you did...and your children will be, too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Helpful book for promoting positive relationships between parents and their children. I was hoping I would be able to adapt more of the positive ideas to my toddler classroom. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Book Lover for Life
This book is so complete, I also bought a copy for both my adult children who have toddlers. As a mother, MiMi, and retired principal, I find this to be a very helpful book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by MAC
Love this! Betsy Brown Braun tells it like it is, with common sense and language every parent can use. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Patricia Fitzgerald
Have very practical advice, some even can be applied for adult relationships ... of course is not a magic book ... implementations is the key :0)
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I have really enjoyed this book and it certainly has made me feel more human! I like most of the tips provided - they seem easy enough to follow and aren't too new-agey. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by rbrown
I would highly recommend this book to any parents that feel like they need some help or new ideas for how to communicate effectively with their young child. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Emily Priddy
Short opinion: If you've ever longed for a parenting manual, this book comes pretty close to being IT (for toddlers at least)! Read morePublished on November 16, 2011 by PickyPositiveMom