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Taming Tantrums

Taming Tantrums

Today, we’d like to share a proud moment of strength we had a few months ago. When online school started, this flew out the window and we had our fair share of moments that we’re not proud of. We’ll save that for another day, because for now, let’s focus on strength.


April 20, 2021:
I gave Kyle a heads up that he only had a few minutes left on his iPad. When the timer rang, I took it and said “time’s up.” Usually he relents, but this time, he started whining and shouting “NO!”. Then my phone rang, so I answered it. That riled him up even more, and he started hitting me softly. He kicked me as I was putting the iPad out of reach. I looked him in the eye and said “stop it,” which only had a momentary effect.
I finished my call, squatted down, and asked him what he needed. A hug? NO. Water? NO. Should he run to his bed to keep himself from hitting, like he said he would the last time? Take a deep breath to calm himself down? Think of a funny thought? Hug his monkey? NO, NO, NO! He looked me straight in the eye while hitting and kicking me, and I was on the verge of losing my temper as well.
I decided to take my own advice and stop. I closed my eyes, took deep breaths, and said out loud: “I am getting upset, but I will remember that even if Kyle hits me, he doesn’t mean it. I know that he loves me, and I love him.” The next thing I knew, he wrapped his arms around me. He hugged me tight, and I could feel him taking deep breaths. He whispered softly, repeating everything I said. “Mommy loves me, and I love my mommy.” I hugged him back and felt his anger melt away.


“What should we do now, mom? What do you feel like doing?” “Should we read some books?” “Okay! I really wanted to read Llama llama last night.” We read together, then I asked him about what happened. He chuckled and said “I got so angry, mom.” He said sorry, admitted he was wrong, and promised not to do it again. He said he will try my strategy next time because it really, really works. Spoiler alert: It didn’t work the next time.


But hey, life’s like that. We just have to keep on trying.


#wholebrainchild #parenting #tempertantrums

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Our Favorite Books about Feelings

Best books about kids feelings

Our Favorite Books about Feelings:

As much as we love writing books about feelings, we also acknowledge that there are many wonderful books out there that tackle the same topic. Each is different because every writer has his and her own signature style of writing, and we all have a unique message to share. Find one that resonates with you and your child, and go from there. After all, you can love more than one book series about feelings!

Here are our favorites so far, in no particular order. We’ll keep adding to the list when we find more!

books about feelings for kids

“It’s okay to feel all your feelings- you can’t always help how you feel. It’s important to remember that these feelings are normal and real.”

from Feeling All My Feelings Book, by Kim T. S.

Hello Genius Books by Michael Dahl

We fell in love with these books when Kyle was still a toddler, because they are so simple and easy to relate to. Little Monkey Calms Down helped Kyle with a few of his tempers during his terrific two’s. Now that he’s almost six, he loves reading his own books and looks for more challenging ones. But thank you, Michael Dahl, for helping us through many little milestones!

A Little Spot Series by Diane Alber

We stumbled upon these books recently when we subscribed to Kindle Unlimited. Kyle immediately downloaded other books in the series, and we proceeded to read them one-by-one. We were only able to read a few, though, because Kyle wanted to read other books, instead. I think the series has a wonderful message, but is maybe better suited for older kids. Nevertheless, I love the concepts and cute illustrations!

The Feelings Book and Goodbye Book by Todd Parr

Kyle’s grandpa passed away when Kyle was 3 years old, and a good friend sent over a copy of The Goodbye Book. Reading it comforted us dearly, and Kyle could easily relate to it. Todd has a gift of presenting difficult concepts in a simple but touching way.

Feeling All My Feelings Books by Kim T. S.

Last but definitely not the least, Feeling All My Feelings Books are our very favorite books about feelings. It’s a fresh take on a classic topic, and the rhymes delight and inspire both kids and adults alike! Make sure to check out the series if you haven’t yet. The first book is out now!