Hiting and Biting

hitting and biting

Kids will be kids. What does this mean to you? If it means that you have to put up with rough and even violent actions, these great books can help you teach your child behavior that is safe, respectful, and appropriate. Aggression does not have to be a part of childhood; for your child to grow up healthy and feeling safe and loved, he needs to know that violence is not ok. Kids will be kids – they will be fun-loving, adventurous, feisty, and energetic – but they do not have to hit, kick, bite, or fight in order to do this.

Top 3 Books for Teaching About Hitting and Biting

hands are not for hitting Hands Are Not for Hitting: Instead of just saying, “No, no. Don’t do that!”, this excellent choice teaches children alternatives to hitting. Children respond to positive messages, and they will love the friendly, simple message and colorful pictures. When children feel anger, fear, or anxiety, they need tools to deal with them; if they do not know what to do with their feelings, they are more likely to lash out physically. Hands are not for fighting; they are for waving, playing games, making music, painting. When children have outlets for frustration, they are happier and make better – nonviolent – decisions.
no hitting!: a lift-the-flap book No Hitting!: A Lift-the-Flap Book: Does your toddler like to hit her brother? Toddlers are bundles of self-centered energy, which can turn into hits, kicks, and bites for those around them. Children need to know that violence is not acceptable, but also that they have alternatives. Want to hit your brother? How about we hit some pots and pans instead? This and other suggestions make this a great way to teach your children behavior that is safe for everyone. Great pictures, simple text, and fun flaps make this a great way to discuss positive choices and behavior with your child.
teeth are not for biting Teeth Are Not for Biting: The best children’s books offer lessons and suggestions. In this installment of the Best Behavior Series, author Elizabeth Verdick takes a bite out of biting by exploring why children do it and what they can do to stop. Are they angry? Uncomfortable? Bored? Teething? Whatever the reason, there are tips for dealing with feelings that don’t involve teeth! Your child can learn redirect his biting behavior by chewing on a toy, having a cold drink, asking for help, or simply getting hugs from you. Verdick offers helpful tips for parents in a friendly, fun format.

Honorable Mentions

when i feel angry When I Feel Angry: It is important that children know that it is all right for them to feel angry, but that they cannot act on their anger physically. Teaching children behavior that keeps everyone safe and happy is essential and this gentle story is a big help. The rabbit narrator goes through several circumstances that make her angry – from mom paying more attention to the new baby to getting teased on the playground. When she wants to act out physically, she reminds herself of ways to react without fighting. Author Cornelia Maude Spelman offers realistic and healthy alternatives for your child.
no biting! No Biting!: Aren’t children precious? Perfect little angels, until chomp! They strike. Almost every child will bite at some point in their young lives and correcting that less-than-perfect child behavior is crucial for everyone’s sake. Whether your child bites out of boredom or out of discomfort, Karen Katz shows them a better way to behave. The toddlers in this cute story show kids that you don’t have to bite; they just lift the flaps to find out what they can do instead. The clear text, engaging pictures, and fun flaps help your child keep his teeth where they belong.
feet are not for kicking Feet Are Not for Kicking: “Ouch, kicking hurts!” This refrain is not only memorable, it will help your child keep her feet to herself. This bouncy children’s book is part of the Best Behavior Series and deals with alternatives to kicking. When the urge strikes, what can you do? You can kick balls, you can kick leaves. Straight-forward text and fun pictures help children understand that kicking is not an acceptable way to handle anger. Whether you are trying to stop a bad habit or prevent one, this is a useful tool and excellent way to start discussions about good behavior.
what about me: twelve ways to get your parents’ attention without hitting your sister What about Me: Twelve Ways to Get Your Parents’ Attention without Hitting Your Sister: What can you do when Mom won’t pay attention? Or when Dad’s busy with your sister? Eileen Kennedy Moore helps kids – and parents – answer these tough questions. This gentle rhyming story provides loads of useful tips for big brothers or sisters, like, “Offer to share – even give Sister half./Make silly faces so Baby will laugh.” Sharing you with a new sibling is tough for kids; this book shows them that peace in the house is good for everyone. And they may just start to like their sister.
no fighting, no biting! No Fighting, No Biting!: Willy and Rosa bite and bicker as they sit next to each other on the couch. They complain to their cousin, who compares them to a pair of alligators. She tells them stories of these rambunctious alligators, and the lesson goes over their heads as they continue to fight. Will Rosa and Willy learn that fighting and biting is wrong? You can be assured that they – and your children – will definitely see the error of their ways. Teaching your children behavior that is wise not wild is easy with this Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak classic.

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