As a parent, you will likely encounter behaviors in your kids that you don’t like. And this won’t surprise you. But it might surprise you how hard it is to get them to stop doing the things you don’t like. You probably never gave too much thought to how you would explain to someone why they can’t bite you. Or their sister, or their playmate, or the cat. And I don’t know about your kids, but just saying “No!” doesn’t usually cut it. As an avid fan of books and reading in general, I have found children’s books to be useful teaching tools for behavior issues. In particular, I’ve found the Best Behavior Series Board books to be extremely useful for behaviors like biting, yelling, and hitting. You know, all the fun stuff. If you’re currently dealing with a behavior issue, check out this list of my favorite books from the Best Behavior Series.
The Best of the Best Behavior Series
Voices are Not for Yelling was the first of the Best Behavior Series books I purchased. My oldest daughter has a problem with volume control. Which is no surprise since both her dad and I have been known to raise our voices now and again. Which now, after reading this book, prompts my kids to say, “Mom! Voices are NOT for yelling!” every time I slip up and raise my voice. A good lesson for all of us. And this book addresses both yelling in anger and yelling because you’re a kid who likes to randomly scream. Just in case you have one or both of those issues at home. Which you probably do, what with having kids and all.
Violence is never ok. But sometimes kids get mad, or impatient, or don’t know how to use their words. And then they hit. You or their playmates. And nobody likes that. Like all the books in the series, this one uses simple words and bright colored pictures to make the point that hands are not for hitting. If you have problems with feet more than hands, there is also Feet are Not for Kicking.
Seriously, biting is the worst! It’s horrible when your kid bites you. Even worse when they bite someone else. But it happens with almost all kids at some point. This book talks about the reasons kids might bite, ranging from teething to crankiness, to boredom. It also offers positive alternatives to leaving teeth marks on others. If your kiddo is a little Jaws, this is a must for your bookshelf.
I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed lately with the kids and squeezing in work during nap time and my oldest daughter starting school. So, we decided to get a puppy! What?!?!? I know, right? Kind of a crazy decision. But I figured we’re in a chaotic stage of life, why not embrace it? That said, teaching a preschooler and a toddler to leave that little wagging tail alone has been a challenge. A challenge this book has met by teaching the concept of kindness to animals in wonderful detail. Kids and puppies are a great combination. As long as your kids learn that Tails are Not for Pulling. So use this book to teach them.
Kids are so cute, the little nosepickers. Who doesn’t love when you’re out in public with your kids and you see one of them knuckle deep in their nostril digging for gold. Classy. This book can help you guide your little one to a box of tissues and a handwashing sink. And learn to keep their fingers out of their noses! Gah!
If you have a child in daycare or preschool, chances are you cringe at the start of cold and flu season. Between snotty noses and uncovered coughs, kids are the perfect vector for sharing germs. Blech! So use this colorful and entertaining book to help your kids remember things like hand washing and covering coughs. Because Germs are Not for Sharing!
We’re always telling our kids to use their words but sometimes kids say mean things! This book has been useful for teaching a little restraint when it comes to filtering what comes out of little mouths. And with an emphasis on saying “I’m sorry,” this book teaches a great lesson in taking responsibility for what you say to others.
Are you dealing with a behavior problem not listed? Check out the rest of the Best Behavior Series on Amazon to see if they have a book that can help YOU out!
And please share your favorite books for correcting problem behaviors in the comments. I’m always looking for help for current and future problems.