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. 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.
Michelle Nicholasen, an award-winning filmmaker for Frontline and Nova, gave up her career in 2004 to raise five children under the age of five. After a two-year battle with infertility, she "hit the IVF jackpot." Michelle gave birth to her first daughter in 2001, and when she and her husband tried for a second child, she became pregnant with triplets. And when her triplet daughters were ten months old, Michelle became spontaneously (and impossibly!) pregnant with her fifth child, a boy. Michelle survived an intense learning curve in child-raising and decided to put all her little-kid behavior strategies into a book to give a leg-up to other moms and dads.
Barbara O'Neal has worked with preschool-aged children, teachers and families for more than forty years in the capacity of Educational Director, parent consultant and teacher trainer. She has co-directed the Arlington Children's Center of Arlington, Massachusetts, for thirty years. Barbara is the mother of three children, and also has three grandchildren. (booksense)