No kid wants to be labeled at such an early age, but far too often our children don’t realize that the actual behaviors they are displaying are earning them a title. And as parents, we frequently don’t have the right words to introduce a topic or to jump into an important conversation with our own kids. This can be frustrating for both you and your child.
How many times have you stumbled over your words, let emotions drive the conversation or remained silent because you just did not know how to say what you wanted to say to your child? Thankfully, we have tons of talented authors who have already put our thoughts into their words. So use the power of a well written story to act as a mirror, highlighting for your child their behavioral errors.
There is a simple formula to follow. Read the book first to yourself. Then read it with your child. Then talk about the book. Finally, read it again together as you help your child to formulate their new plan of action.
Here are a few good books to help you and your child better understand and ultimately defeat their title:
Tease Monster (A book about teasing vs. bullying) by: Julia Cook
Simon’s Hook (A story about teases and put-downs) by” Karen Gedig Burnett
King of the Playground by: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
I Didn’t Know I Was A Bully by: Melissa Richards
Just Kidding by: Trudy Ludwig
Scaredy Cats by Audrey Wood
Sorry! By; Trudy Ludwig
I Did It, I’m Sorry by Caralyn & Mark Buehner
Mary Louise Loses her Manners by: Diane Cuneo