This book gives helpful hints and reasons for all ages and stages of children's behavior. It helped me understand and motivate my students using the STEW method and taught me how and why their "cups" need to be emptied. Empty the Cup gave me "permission" to allow my students to share their ideas and rid themselves of much of their pent-up emotions and energies on mornings (or anytime) learning was the last thing on their young minds. If you ever get the opportunity to see and hear Dr. Mendes be sure to take it. He's even more inspiring in person.