What My Kid is Reading Wednesday
Hands are Not for Hitting and Teeth are Not for Biting from the Free Spirit Best Behavior Book Series
Right before Minky started talking there was a period of time where he would get over-excited/frustrated and would hit us and occasionally bite. In retrospect I am sure it was just his way of trying to physically express the frustration he felt at not being able to tell us what he wanted/needed, but at the time we were at a loss for what to do. It was not a constant problem, but enough of one that we did not want things to continue.
So at the recommendation of some Tumblr folks, we picked up two books out of the Best Behavior Series - Hands are Not For Hitting and Teeth are Not For Biting (other titles include Tails Are Not for Pulling, Pacifiers Are Not Forever, etc.).
The books are colorful, simple, and offer constructive options for dealing with the causes of the behaviors. When we first got Teeth Are Not For Biting Minky would cry when we read it, because of a picture of a sad kid on one of the early pages of the book, but he would still frequently request both of these (and thankfully no longer cries when I read that one). After a few weeks of regularly reading them the hitting/biting behavior was not only reduced, but when he would go to hit one of us we could simply say “What are hands for?” and he would pause and wave them in the air rather than hit. Success!
Will this series solve all your child behavior problems? Probably not, but they do a great job of walking kids through problematic behaviors and offering good alternatives to manage those impulses. In combination with some patience, and general parental reinforcement I think these are great tools, and a small investment to make for a little additional parental sanity!
Would you like to share what you and your kids are reading this week? You can! Simply tag your posts #whatmykidisreadingwednesday to participate, #growinguplast if we can re-blog, or just submit your picks directly to the blog!
Thank you, Kat! Exactly what I need for Maurice right now.