Contest & Book Review: I Brake for Meltdowns

by Melanie Edwards on May 4, 2009 · 8 comments

in Giveaways, preschoolers, reviews, toddlers

A really really long time ago, the folks at Da Capo Press sent me a complimentary copy of the book “I Brake for Meltdowns: How to Handle the Most Exasperating Behavior of Your 2- to 5-year-old” to review.

I’ve just now gotten around to actually writing my review of the book. Better late than never I always say.

After reading my review, you can enter to win the book for yourself! I figure I might as well pass along the copy since I held onto it for so long.


The book begins with an overview of various types of tantrums and meltdowns and details several scenarios. It then goes over many well-known toddler behaviors, with chapters on the following:

  • social behavior
  • sleep-related concerns
  • eating dilemmas
  • potty training
  • fighting
  • anger issues
  • manipulation
  • travel
  • health and hygiene
  • refusals
  • other stubborn and annoying behaviors

Each chapter pretty much provides different circumstances and how you can deal with them, with alternatives included. I was stuck on the potty training chapter for a bit (for obvious reasons). One of the tips given is to let your child run naked outdoors. Which makes total sense since it makes for easier cleanup, but really? What if she sits down on the grass…naked? Maybe it’s just my paranoid self, but I’m not about to have ants crawl up my daughter’s butt.

Overall the book seems like a handy resource. Especially for those just beginning to deal with some of those really frustrating situations that come with toddlers and when your kid hits the terrible twos.

You can find out more at

Win a copy of I Brake for Meltdowns: How to Handle the Most Exasperating Behavior of Your 2- to 5-Year Old

How to enter:

  1. Leave a comment with the chapter you think would interest you most.
  2. For a second entry, tweet a message on twitter with a link back to this post.
    Sample text to use: Win this book from @modernmami & learn how to deal with tantrums! Enter contest at
    You’ll need to leave a second comment with the link to your tweet, not your profile, so I can verify. You have to leave a separate comment so that it will count.
  3. For a third entry, write a post and link back to this contest post on your blog. Again, be sure to leave a separate comment with your post link so that it will count.


You have until 11:59 pm EST on Saturday, May 9 to leave your comments. The winner will be posted on Monday, May 11 and will be chosen using

Be sure to check back to see if you’ve won! Remember to include an email address so that I can contact you if you win.

Note: Contest open to U.S. addresses only.

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1 shameka May 4, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Can I choose all of them? No seriously, I think we’re probably in the refusal stage right now………

2 Loukia May 5, 2009 at 8:51 am

Sleep related concerns, fighting (between my 3 and a half year old and 15 month old) and anger issues are the Chapters I would love to read!

3 Loukia May 5, 2009 at 8:52 am

Oh… just realized you have to live in USA to win this! Can you make an exception for Canada? I was going to write a post about this on my blog, too… ;(

4 Melanie (Modern Mami) May 11, 2009 at 8:07 am

@Loukia, I’m sorry Loukia. The shipping for this particular contest is coming out of pocket and it seems a bit high for Canada. But, be sure to enter future contests that may be open to Canada residents! 🙂

5 Jennifer May 9, 2009 at 9:52 pm

I would love to give this to my sister who has twin boys. I think she could really use some help withe chapter on sleep related concernsm Thanks!

6 Melanie (Modern Mami) May 11, 2009 at 8:08 am

@Jennifer, Congratulations! You won the book contest.

7 Jennifer May 14, 2009 at 2:21 am

Thank you! I’m super excited to pass this book along to my sister.

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