Excellent Emotion And Behavior Books For Children

Reading books are an excellent way to help our children understand things from a different perspective, including their own behavior.

Toddler Tantrums

Children aged between 1-3 years old tend to have temper tantrums. A lot happens within a young child. Their social and emotional skills are developing and therefore clash with their inability to properly express themselves. Your child may start to show explosions in emotions and behavior that seem completely unnatural.

Generally, the best thing we can do to help our children through these tough transitions is to comfort and guide them. One of the most successful methods for us has been reading stories that focus on struggling with emotions and behaviors. These books help my children understand their own emotions as well as right and wrong.

You can read more about dealing with toddler tantrums in my article about How To Find Perspective With A Strong-Willed Child.

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Emotion and Behavior Books For Young Children

Help your child understand the difference between each of their emotions. Let them know that emotions are not bad behavior but that certain behaviors, like hitting and screaming are not okay. Show them that it’s okay to feel sad or mad, we all feel them, but that our actions also have consequences. And remember that when our little ones are frustrated, sometimes they just need a moment to cool down, breathe, and although they may not show it, they will definitely need some cuddles.

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Some of these books are ideal for very little ones, with short and basic stories, and others for school-aged children struggling with a lot of changes around them.

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August 6, 2020 7:07 pm

Thanks for this resource! We can add to our collection, but already love “You Get What You Get” in our house!

August 7, 2020 2:05 pm

Thanks for these great book tips! We’re going through tantrums at the moment with my almost 3 year old. They come out of nowhere! Thanks for sharing!