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Book Review: I Brake for Meltdowns

Posted Sep 09 2008 2:13am

I’ve always thought that taking care of babies is a breeze compared to raising toddlers and preschoolers. Parents would definitely have it much easier if there was a “baby boot camp” for children between their first and fifth birthdays. Although these 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, such as when your child:

• has a tantrum in the store
• becomes aggressive toward playmates
• clings to you when you leave
• won’t stay in bed
• won’t sit at the dinner table
• refuses to eat
• takes off his diaper
• won’t go in the potty
• bites other children
• uses offensive words
• misbehaves while traveling
• sucks his thumb
• won’t get his fingernails clipped
• won’t get into the car seat

…and much, much more! 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. I plan to initiate many of their strategies with my own kids, who have recently been heard to call each other “potty head” and whine when they don’t get their way! 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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