When You Feel Like Screaming:
Help for Frustrated Mothers
Pat Holt & Grace Ketterman
So, I suppose in order to do this book review I have to admit that I am a screamer. Yes, I get frustrated and lose my temper all too frequently around here. After sharing with a friend how I struggled with this, she suggested I read this book, which had been helpful to her when her children were younger. Once again, I wish I could give half-stars on Goodreads, because I would give it a 3.5 of 5, but then I realized that the part of the book that I found the least helpful was in fact “Part 2” which was an excerpt from a second book altogether on “Answers to Questions Parents Ask Most” and not in fact, part of the original book on screaming. So, taking that into account, I would rate the original book 4 of 5 stars.
It’s hard to say yet whether this book will have a profound impact on my life, but it does give some good points to think about, and I did feel like it was a helpful read. If anything, it made me more aware of the negative impact my yelling can have on my children and reiterated the fact that I don’t want to be that way. I want to be a positive, nurturing influence on my children and not the kind of parent that will put them in therapy as an adult!
So, would I recommend this book? Yes. If losing your temper and yelling are things that you struggle with like I do, maybe it will help put some things in perspective. As for me, I continue to work on this one day at a time. I’d like to think it’s getting easier. Only time will tell.