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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Children's Books on: {Tantrums.}

We're basically right "in between" the tantrum stage at our house, as we have a 3 1/2 yo and an 8-month old,  but, alas, I still thought it the right time to guide any of you in the thick of the tantrum stage {aka, "terrible twos"} to some helpful children's books on the topic.

These are great to read with your children to help them understand their own feelings better and cope with them more skillfully.  

The Chocolate-Covered-Cookie Tantrum
The plot, as you can probably imagine, is about a girl wanting a cookie, and Mom saying, "No."  This exchange leads to the temper rearing its ugly head.  But Mom holds firm to her "No," and hears her daughter out {just listens, and understands, and has patience.}  And once the girl is done having her fit, they go home - no shame or judgment, just understanding of the daughter's feelings, which is a somewhat refreshing take on the topic, if you ask me.

Sometimes I'm a Bombaloo
This book features the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, if you will, of a little girl.  The book makes sure to note that the girl is a good girl {most of the time}, but that at times, she gets angry and becomes the "bombaloo."  The author makes it a point to note that this anger can be very destructive and even scary {for both others AND the girl herself}.  The bottom line of the book is that no matter how you feel during a temper, or what happens during it, what's most important is that, care must be taken afterwards to help things & others we may have hurt in our fury.

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