Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Book Nook: Jilly's Terrible Temper Tantrums

When I was growing up, my brother had a lot of temper tantrums. My younger daughter is also prone to overreactions, meltdowns, and tantrums, although she's gradually growing out of them and getting better at self-regulation.

Some kids naturally gain the ability to regulate their own emotions and reactions, while others seem to need a little more help figuring it out. A new book I got to review, Jilly's Terrible Temper Tantrums and How She Outgrew Them, can provide a third-person perspective on tantrums that young kids can understand. As they see Jilly's parents calmly react to her outburst and redirect her energy, she learns on her own how to ask for what she needs instead of resorting to angry outbursts.

The frustrations Jilly faces are things most kids can understand - games not going their way, block towers falling over - and provide a good frame of reference for parents to ask their kids how Jilly could react in each situation, and what they think would help them if they faced a similar struggle. Books can be a wonderful, low-pressure way to instill discipline and values in young kids, and this book is well-suited for that purpose.

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