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Hands Are Not for Hitting (Best Behavior) Paperback – March 15, 2009
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“Imagine raising your kids without the help of Goodnight Moon or Is Your Mama a Llama? or Hands Are Not for Hitting.”—Jennifer Garner, actress, Save the Children ambassador
“Offers youngsters an alternative to hitting and other forms of hurtful behavior, guiding them to a more peaceful and positive outcome in their dealings with other children.”—School Library Journal
“Highly recommended...ideal ‘read aloud’ book for parents and care givers.”—Midwest Book Review
“This is a great book to have in your personal collection whether you are a parent, teacher, or caregiver, and an excellent resource to refer to whenever your children or students need a reminder about calm and peaceful hands.”—Chasing Supermom blog
Parent Council® Selection
Parents' Choice Approved
Midwest Independent Publisher Award
About the Author
Marieka Heinlen received her BFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and also studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. She launched her career as an award-winning children’s book illustrator with the original edition of Hands Are Not for Hitting and has illustrated other books in the Best Behavior series and Free Spirit’s Toddler Tools board book series. As a freelance illustrator and designer, Marieka focuses her work on books and other materials for children, teens, parents, and teachers. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and son.
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Top Customer Reviews
As a parent, I really like the last part of the book - the discussion questions and activities. It breaks down the book by pages and gives questions to talk about with your kids like, "When is a time you felt angry?" and "When is a time you said 'I'm sorry?' How did it feel afterward?" There are also some wonderful cool-down activities kids can try when they are angry. I think the advice is also great for adults. I highly recommend this book.
Also the illustrations are great. I've never seen emotions so perfectly reflected in drawings of children.
I think this is a great book to help you talk with your child about controlling difficult emotions.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good examples on how to handle and work through anger. I really enjoy these books, they all have great pics and strategies to help toddlers cope. I highly recommend!Published 8 days ago by Rachel
Great book!! I bought this to use with my 4 year old son who has Autism. He's had some aggressive behaviors, and this book is just what I was looking for. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BMilky
I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I use this book when working with younger children. It's clear and to-the-point. It explains that sometimes, we all get angry. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MH
this book was wonderful in helping my son play more nicely with his friends. thank you!!Published 1 month ago by Meleka86
I wasn't sure this book would be terribly helpful for our son, who was going through a hitting phase. He was not doing it hard, but the frequency was increasing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cassiopeia