No Hitting!: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Karen KatzThis is the first book my three-year-old daughter ever connected with on an emotional level. She wanted to read it four times when we first checked it out at local story hour program. It was a great jumping off point for many discussions about more appropriate behaviors. I gave it three stars instead of four because I had to read additional behaviors in addition to what Katz wrote. The pages about putting on a coat is not an I can do this instead of this example. There is not alternative behavior for putting on coat in cold weather and we cant always immediately play and jump in leaves after putting on a coat which is what Katz shows in the picture. I suppose she was trying to show when it is okay to jump up and down, but I would have rather seen how the child should act when putting on a coat. Continuing the repetition in the book I added something to the effect of ...and I can help zip my coat. Then we talked about how we would go somewhere fun (or at least make it sound fun.) We also had to talk about the ending in which the boy threw a fit and stuck out his tongue then received a lollipop to lick in the very next picture. In our version, the boy only received a treat when he ate a good supper and asked nicely. Overall, this book was a great starting point for behavior discussion with its simple language and colorful, patterned pictures, but you may have to modify the language to suit your needs.
Positive Behavior Book Series for 2 to 4-year-olds
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A great book can make an abstract emotion, a problem, or situation concrete, real, and most importantly, solvable. Below is a list of our favorites for kids aged 2 to 4. I love the illustrations and the fact that these are easy, lyrical, before bedtime books with a positive message. I hope this author writes more in this series! Rookie Toddler: I love this series of book, Rookie Toddler.
Toddlers may be little, but they sure do come with some big feelings. And as is the case with so many other things in our lives, we've found books to be an amazing way to help our little ones identify and work though all of the big feelings they may be having as they learn to navigate their way through this big, big world. The next time you're at your wit's end about your toddler's biting or don't think you can possibly endure one more tantrum, take a moment, breathe, and pull one of these books off your shelf for some reading time between you and your tiny human. This longstanding classic is a simple, straightforward way to teach toddlers that instead of hitting, hands can do so many good things. Told through vibrant, toddler-friendly art and interactive flaps, this book shows little ones that there are better ways to deal with frustrations instead of biting.
My kids have been there and worse, I was also one of those kids.
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The Best Anger Management Books for Children
Everything is a phase, everything is a phase. I repeated to myself to calm my nerves after being repeatedly stuck by my toddler. At this daunting moment, a few months ago I had a child kicking and screaming, a red spot on my face, tears in my eyes and knew something had to change. Our little girl had many, many meltdowns. She also has a challenge that only a few other toddlers have to deal with, a younger sibling that is less than a year and a half younger copying everything she does and wanting to play with all the same toys. This upset me a great deal to have her lash out and hit me over and over again.
We need to help our children understand their feelings and build skills for coping with emotions such as anger in safe ways. Kids books about anger can help our children learn how to calm down and express emotions in healthy ways. Related: Social-Emotional Games for Kids. The primary way children learn basic calming and self-regulation skills is by watching and learning from the people that they spend time with. When I get angry I do my best to show my daughter appropriate ways to manage it. This includes calm down techniques, apologizing when necessary, and talking about my feelings when appropriate.
I am looking for books that have anything to do with hitting, pinching or biting etc. We are having a BIG problem with this at our house and books really make a lasting impression with my son. He's not quite 2, but we can stick with books that have several sentences per page, and they can be board books or not, doesn't matter. Thank you so much! I have "Hands Are Not for Hitting" requested from the library, but I hope he takes to it enough to buy it! Thanks also Jessica C for the Happiest Baby suggestion. I will look at that too.