How to Calm a Challenging Child and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Start reading How to Calm a Challenging Child on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

How to Calm a Challenging Child: Foreword by Cassandra Jardine, The Daily Telegraph [Paperback]

Miriam Chachamu
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
RRP: £9.99
Price: £6.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10. Details
You Save: £3.00 (30%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 14 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 24 July? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £3.80  
Paperback £6.99  

Book Description

26 Nov 2008
Every parent has to cope with tantrums or uncooperative kids and many parents feel that no matter what they do, nothing seems to work. This book is here to help. It's been written for busy, exhausted parents who want concise and easily accessible information to help them deal with everyday challenges. In addition to clear explanations, it contains over 120 cartoons demonstrating concepts and skills. Parents can read a straightforward description of typical family dynamics and get an insight into the way children feel and think. They'll also learn practical communication skills which they can use to help their children be their best. The book also shows how to prevent everyday problems from occurring in the first place and how to diffuse difficult situations as they occur. The examples used come from real life situations; such as children not wanting to get up in the morning, or refusing to come home from the park. The skills suggested are positive, gentle yet effective, and are based on the author's professional and personal experience.

Frequently Bought Together

How to Calm a Challenging Child: Foreword by Cassandra Jardine, The Daily Telegraph + 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child: The Breakthrough Program for Overcoming Your Child's Difficult Behavior + Raising Your Spirited Child Rev Ed: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic
Price For All Three: £21.27

Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Foulsham (26 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0572034954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0572034955
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description


"I liked it a lot. I've learned new tricks, even though I've attended your parenting classes. It reminded me of how important it is to involve the children in making rules." Cassandra Jardine (Vermilion). "For busy parents, this book brings clarity and simplicity to everyday situations. You will find lots of good advice in these pages... and the cartoons bring it all home to make it easy to understand." Bonnie Harris (Piatkus)."

About the Author

Miriam Chachamu is a family therapist and mother of three, who has spent the last ten years helping parents and children improve the quality of their family lives. She wrote the book as a response to the many parents continuously asking her where they could read more about her ideas and the skills she uses.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Copyright | Excerpt | Index
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

3 star
2 star
1 star
4.9 out of 5 stars
4.9 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For a more harmonious existence... 22 Dec 2008
I wish I'd read this book years ago!

It leads the reader though:
∑ The difference between what children need and what they may want.
∑ How to encourage and reinforce desired behaviours
∑ Giving your child positive attention
∑ Why and how to avoid an argument
∑ Keeping children in the loop
∑ Dealing with Anger, and preparing for success
∑ Play, sharing & siblings
∑ Healthy living in terms of exercise and nutrition

The book was enjoyable, and easy to read.
Yet it rang true and clearly comes from a great deal of experience.
I have three children and the examples and cartoons reminded me of the joys and also of some of the awkward moments.

For a more harmonious existence I heartily recommend this book.

Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for parents 21 Dec 2008
By Louisa
This is a really great book. Its packed full of real explanations regarding why children behave as they do AND practical solutions to everday... and not so everyday difficulties that every parent experiences at one time or another. But, more importantly the recommendations in this book REALLY work AND they can start working straight away. What a relief! This is a must have book for parents, grandparents, teachers and psychologists who work with children. Dont miss it.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 20 Dec 2008
By Ian
Easy to use, practical advice for parents that actually works. And there's an added bonus - the author tells you what to do if your first efforts don't work. Thoroughly recommended.

Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read for Parents 13 July 2009
As a parent and a teacher, I found this book full of insights presented in a thoroughly readable way. It covers use of language, entering the child's world, understanding the parents' needs and point of view and why children can be so challenging - all in a gentle, non-judgemental way. It is a must read.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to calm a challenging child 12 Jan 2009
I have four children from 3-11 and all of them have their challenging moments. This is a great book that every parent should read. No one is immune to the challenges of parenting and all children have their challenging moments. It gives you well-researched, down-to-earth advice. It doesn't preach and the suggestions are all easy to put in place even within the busy family lives we lead. It is so easy to read with great chapter summaries, funny and poignant cartoons and lovely stories from parents. Highly recommended
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A happier calmer family life. 17 Dec 2008
This is a challenging but fascination easy to read book. It is a glimpse into our world from a child's perspective. And is full of commonsense suggestions for parents, simply put and clearly explained on how to work towards achieving a happy, calm co-operative family. ("Health warning", don't aim to try all these ideas at once!) These suggestions are amusingly illustrated and backed up with personal anecdotes from parents who have found they work. I personally tried two or three of these ideas out this last week-end when looking after my two perpetually waring competitive grandsons aged 8 and 10. Every spat bar one was diffused and the result of their being asked how they would solve their own problems I can only describe as magical! After their departure my husband remarked how much better their behaviour had been this week-end! I cannot think of a better present for parents or challenging children alike this Christmas.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lifesaver 23 July 2011
I am a mum of 4 spirited children and I must say I was at the end of my tether. I wanted to be a good mum but was losing sight of what was important. This book put me back on track and made me realize what my kids needs were. Really recommend this for anyone having any troubles with their kids! Well written with some comprehensive realistic strategies to become a better parent.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From a one time challenging child 20 Mar 2010
Length: 0:58 Mins
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Was this review helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very interesting.
Published 24 days ago by Mrs C Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars A great help
I don't normally write reviews but this book has helped me so much that I feel that I need to comment. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Miss M Ovanessoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Very wise, fun, and helpful, even if you don't have kids. It's about human relations. one two three four five
Published 16 months ago by Think otherwise
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing advice
I am an adopted Mother who came across this book whilst looking into 'the explosive child' which was recommended for my defiant 3 year old, I didn't go for that as I felt my child... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Scottie14
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent buy
This book has made me realise that I am not the only mum who has a very challanging child. There are many good tips, I have shared the book with my Daughter who is 8 as there are... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Misty76
4.0 out of 5 stars great help for parents
I've not finished it yet but have found many comments and suggestions really helpful. Not everything works but when you're at your wits end you'll be amazed what does work! Read more
Published on 23 April 2012 by Mrs. SAB
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically helpful
I found this book fantastically helpful, detailed and clear at the same time. It covers a lot of material. If you only read one parenting book this is the one!
Published on 24 Nov 2010 by LN
5.0 out of 5 stars Best parenting book I've ever read!!!! And I've read a few...
I cannot recommend this book highly enough! If you have lively, spirited children, who are strong-willed and un-cooperative, please please read this book... Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2009 by J. M. Bezzant
5.0 out of 5 stars Real life examples that work
Even though I didn't have a lot of time to read this book, I started just looking at the deceptively simple cartoons and got so much from them straigt away. Read more
Published on 24 Dec 2008 by Amazon Customer
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category