Not too long ago I read and reviewed, You’re Not the Boss of Me by Betsy Brown Braun. I was so impressed by the book that as soon as I finished it I started the author’s earlier book, Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents. I’m happy to say I loved this book just as much.
Both books offer straightforward advice on how to handle the every day and sometimes difficult situations that occur in parenting. The chapters in each book start with a discussion of the problem at hand and why it might be happening. Then the helpful tips and scripts close out the chapters giving you specifics on what to say and how to say it.
In Just Tell Me What to Say, one of my favorite chapters addresses public temper tantrums. In fact, the chapter is even broken down into how to handle a tantrum at the grocery store versus in a restaurant. The author also offers poignant comebacks for what to say when a someone else comments on your child’s behavior.
Another chapter I found extremely helpful was the advice on picky eaters. Some of the original and fun ideas included using a different plate to take the emphasis off the food and onto the plate, inviting stuffed animal “guests” to join you and allow the child to encourage a doll to eat, and to try serving the food in special ways such as Mickey Mouse pancakes.
I truly enjoy Just Tell Me What to Say and find myself flipping through it frequently. Aside from the topics above the book also covers: Communicating with Your Children, Discipline Do’s and Dont’s, Sibling Issues, Children’s Eating Habits and Behaviors, Manners and Social Graces, Learning About the Birds and the Bees, Talking About Serious Illness, Learning About Death, Talking With Your Children About Divorce, and Answering Questions About Natural Disasters, Terrorism, and War.
Between Just Tell Me What to Say and You’re Not the Boss of Me, I have an elite set of parenting books on my nightstand. Often when questions or situations arise, I reference the books and it’s as if I have parenting expert Betsy Brown Braun herself at my side helping me say and do the right things.