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Hands Are Not for Hitting (Board Book) (Best Behavior Series) Board book – February 15, 2002
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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
"We love this series because they are a fun way to explain basic do's and don'ts' to your child and repetition from hearing the same book over and over gives you a better chance that it will actually sink in." –Baby Let's Shop blog
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About the Author
Marieka Heinlen launched her career as a children’s book illustrator with the award-winning Hands Are Not for Hitting. 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
If your toddler has started to hit (as they all do) you really should buy this book. For a few dollars, you can end the trouble before it become an awful habit.
He is hitting less out of frustration and would point to the book and say "Hands are not for hitting". I love how the book shows other ways in what hands are used for like drawing, waving, hugging, etc. So we incorporate those things when trying to explain to him when he does hit. Now we don't just say "No Hitting". =)
There is a lovely discussion for parents in the back of the book with ideas for addressing hitting. Remember that this is the board book, if your child is older, you may want the original book it may also be important to note that if your child has developmental delays, such as an autism spectrum disorder or other difficulty, it will take time to learn. There is more impulsiveness and a more direct or immediate frustration that can lead to hitting. Firm but gentle and consistent reminders will help your child move through this phase. I'm always recommending this book to parents and would recommend it to you as well!
The pictures are cute, but I would have liked to see a page or two devoted to replacement behaviors.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Our little one will sit through the story but I am not convinced it is helping.Published 22 hours ago by Plum
I absolutely adore this book. It doesn't just teach that hitting is 'bad' it teaches that there are better uses for hands. High fives. Tickling. Etc. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Maren L
Purchased this book for a family member with twin 3 year olds that are constantly pushing, shoving or hitting each other. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Audra Harwood
Good book, but I think it has taught my son to be more effective with his swings. I guess less hitting, but they seem to have more impact now.Published 9 days ago by Zack J Rogge
This is a good book, i'd recommend it. It delivers the message correctly to the child - if hands are not for hitting then what are those for? Read morePublished 9 days ago by Pratheesh
Ask was reading this book to my child, she reached over and hit me. I believe it's a good way to remind them to hit. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Becky Bent
Great board book with a great message. I read this quite often for my daughter.Published 1 month ago by Claudia