I generally consider myself a pretty tuned in, communicative parent, but there’s no denying the moments when stress, fatigue, or just being human result in a short fuse and loss for words. And for those moments there's Betsy Brown Braun’s Just Tell Me What to Say. Replete with tips and scripts to help parents learn the basics of effective communication and handle everything from discipline to tantrums to praise to sibling fights to food battles to tough topics (e.g., death, divorce), I've been particularly impressed by how quickly some of Braun’s bullet points have helped me realize the impact of seemingly innocuous behavior (e.g., spelling out words in front of Laurel, identifying her as shy when she hides from strangers), and then how much better it feels to stop the behavior and opt for a different script.
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