Friday Competition: Take Turns, Max and Millie


*competition now closed our winner was Kim ,well done Kim!*

Usborne toddler books Take Turns, Max and Millie

Max and Millie are two toddlers at nursery both with their eye on one brand new exctiing toy and not much idea of how to take turns. Max jumps in and Millie tries very hard to get a go. tears, pushing shouting, blocking all those lovey toddler ways come into play. The pictures are delightful, so expressive and recognisable!

Take turns

The lovely nursery lady shows them a beteer way to behave and all ends well with lots of laughing and much more fun. A good little learning tale told so simply even a young toddler would understand this I think. A good strong hardback book too with  great message. Part of series of Max and Millie toddler books from Usborne with simple messages Time for Bed and Brush your teeth are also available in this range.  RRP £5.99


I have my read once review copy of this book up for grabs . if you would like it tell me your top tip for a toddler tantrum. Winner picked at random on March 18.

T&C’s:  UK entrants only, 1 entry per person, following @bookreviewsmums on twitter will get you a second entry just let me know.  Good luck!

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  1. carole maciver
    March 11, 2011 / 4:54 pm

    be firm but dont give in ,or have a tantrum yourself

  2. sharon griffin
    March 11, 2011 / 4:55 pm

    i used to find distraction worked, i sometimes sung loudly over the screaming it shocked my toddler so much it stopped him in his tracks 🙂

  3. terri mcilroy
    March 11, 2011 / 7:36 pm

    To ask the child why they did the bad thing and to get them to understand how bad behaviour affects other people.

  4. March 11, 2011 / 8:25 pm

    Be consistent – they’ll always remember the one time that you gave in!

  5. claire woods
    March 11, 2011 / 9:35 pm

    To not give into their demands. Let them have their tantrum.. and find yourself a bit of quiet whilst they get over it.

  6. Alison Reid
    March 12, 2011 / 7:58 am

    let it run its course before trying to talk to them, otherwise you’ll end up frustrated and angry as well

  7. Maya Russell
    March 12, 2011 / 8:16 am

    Try distraction – “What’s that over there?” in a soft voice. Or as them to help you with something because they love to help and to be praised for it.

  8. Maya Russell
    March 12, 2011 / 8:17 am

    I’m following @bookreviewsmums on Twitter as @maisietoo.

  9. Anna
    March 12, 2011 / 10:48 am

    I think the best way is calm a toddler in the middle of her tantrum and… try to stay calm yourself.

  10. deborah davies
    March 12, 2011 / 12:17 pm

    just try to ignore it as much as you can, as long as the child is safe calmly walk out of the room and let them get on with it.

  11. Laura Pritchard
    March 12, 2011 / 1:04 pm

    Speak very quietly to them so they have to calm down to be able to hear you.

  12. ann
    March 12, 2011 / 1:43 pm

    Stay calm and try to distract them

  13. Emma L Clarke
    March 12, 2011 / 2:30 pm

    Ignore the behaviour and do not establish eye contact. They soon get bored.

    I am also a follower on Twitter (@emma1111111)

  14. vicky loveday
    March 12, 2011 / 4:44 pm

    I tell my child ” This behaviour is unacceptable” and ignore them until it passes. Once it has passed I never comment on the tantrum, but I always find something to give them positive reinforcement. E.G. I am pleased with how you brushed your teeth this morning. It makes them feel positive about themselves without raking over the tantrum.
    Do this often enough and they will learn that showing off has no reward.

  15. Tracy Nixon
    March 12, 2011 / 7:47 pm

    Ignore the behavior, stay calm, do not establish eye contact, and DO NOT give in to your child’s demands during the tantrum!!!!

    The one other thing to remember is – it’s not your fault, all kids go through this stage and they will grow out of it!!! (HUG)
    I am following you on twitter and have also shared and tweeted your competition details x

  16. mrs kim mayhead
    March 12, 2011 / 9:45 pm

    Just to ignore the tantrum. Not in a horrible way but i find that if i ignore the tantrum for a few minutes and let my daughter scream it out she then just stops crying and starts to talk to you again. If i try to talk her through her tantrum or comfort her it just gets worse and lasts longer.

  17. Belinda Matthews
    March 12, 2011 / 11:05 pm

    Depending what the tantrum is about and where it takes place, If we are in a public place I tend to try distraction or just ignore it, If we are at home I will have a tantrum too it makes my 2 year old stop so quick

  18. Belinda Matthews
    March 12, 2011 / 11:09 pm

    folowing on twitter as @bettyboop0112

  19. emma brown
    March 13, 2011 / 2:36 am

    well i have a 7yr old with asd so i still have this most days so i just say i cant understand what you are cross about then Ignore when the tantrum has passed i come down IE sit on the floor and ask why was you so mad and help them to see how they could of worked it out better this way they have a understanding of what to do next time it may take a few times but it really does feel fab when you see it working next time

  20. Dessiree Brown-Llaneza
    March 13, 2011 / 9:59 am

    Distraction has always worked for me.

  21. Daisy-Mae
    March 14, 2011 / 8:27 am

    Top tip….. Always get down to the childs level to talk to them,explain why their behaviour is unacceptable,talk firm but not in an angry voice.

  22. Wendy
    March 14, 2011 / 3:47 pm

    pick them up and move them away from the problem

  23. Anne Wright
    March 14, 2011 / 10:31 pm

    distraction is good for my son.

  24. Sharon Harrison
    March 15, 2011 / 12:28 pm

    Walk away and ignore tantrums.

  25. Rachel Titley
    March 15, 2011 / 5:22 pm

    Ignore the tantrum and just don’t give in to whatever it is they want. Say you can’t understand them until they speak properly. My 7 year old hates being laughed at when she is in a tantrum and tickling her so she laughs when trying to be moody works!

  26. Rachel Titley
    March 15, 2011 / 5:23 pm

    Forgot to say I am also following on twitter @racheletitley

  27. lorna anderson
    March 16, 2011 / 2:23 pm

    be calm be firm

  28. March 16, 2011 / 2:27 pm

    Stay calm and try to ignore him/her. Make a cup of tea and take in a packet of biscuits to eat in front of them. Its amazing how soon they stop and want a biscuit. Then talk quietly about what happened and explain as clearly as possible that the behaviour isn’t acceptable

  29. Jen Tonkin
    March 16, 2011 / 9:09 pm

    I lay my son down on the floor (where ever we are!) and say “Let me know when you have finished”. He realises he’s on his own and feels silly so soon stops. (Following on twitter too @TONKS14)

  30. Jen Tonkin
    March 16, 2011 / 9:09 pm

    (prev email add wrong, changed on this post!)

  31. March 17, 2011 / 7:52 am

    Talk calmly to your child. When the tantrum is over ask why it happened.

  32. Leisa
    March 17, 2011 / 8:47 am

    Put him on the naughty step on the stairs

  33. Mandy Brand
    March 17, 2011 / 10:29 am

    When a child has a tantrum the best thing l found was to ignore what they were doing but obviously keeping an eye on them, keeping calm at the same time. When the child realises the tantrum is not having an effect on you they will stop.

  34. Hayley Todd
    March 17, 2011 / 1:11 pm

    The best way to deal with my toddlers tantrums, I’ve found, is basically to ignore her, not so easy when you’re out and about, but it is the best way. Never give in, as, as soon as you do, they know they’ve won and all they have to do next time to get their own way is have another tantrum!

  35. janice taylor
    March 17, 2011 / 9:21 pm

    Try and stay calm.

  36. natalie holland
    March 17, 2011 / 9:25 pm

    When my son is having a tantrum, (who – is additionally autistic) I also find that just taking them and holding them very tightly, can be enough to calm him down. It can be hard if you’re feeling very angry yourself….but it can also calm you down, try it! 🙂

  37. sarah braich
    March 18, 2011 / 11:14 am

    ignore it and dont give them any attention, if indoors leave the room, dont give in to it or bribe them but reward good behaviour

  38. Adrian Clarke
    March 18, 2011 / 11:47 am

    Invest in a good pair of ear plugs & let them get it out of their system without bothering you!

  39. Val Pownall
    March 18, 2011 / 4:40 pm

    Depends on their age, but stay nice and calm and count to ten. Speak in a normal voice, then take whatever their problem was seriously and let them speak about it.

  40. kelly thompsett
    March 18, 2011 / 8:54 pm

    I simply turn my ears off and ignore.
    This technique also works for husbands whinging and older childrens constant demands for money.

  41. kuli lombardelli
    March 18, 2011 / 10:20 pm

    Whilst they are in the first stage of their tantrum, keep calm, talk to them calmly and then make them smile. They will snap out of it quickly.

  42. Jenifer-mary Pettitt
    March 18, 2011 / 10:56 pm

    I smile & whisper & it works wonders because the child then doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry!!!

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