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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

Martine Agassi, Ph.D., is a clinical therapist with extensive experience as a behavioral consultant, counseling children and families in schools, residential facilities, foster care, and private practice. She has led workshops and group counseling in communication skills, parenting, drug and child abuse prevention, divorce, and self-esteem. Martine, her husband, and their daughter live in Fallbrook, California, with their dog Toby.

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 3 years
  • Series: Best Behavior Series
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (February 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157542200X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575422008
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought the board book before reading the actual book (hardcover or paperback) and was AMAZED by how much was left out. The board book is extremely watered down and simplified in order to fit in a board format. I usually don't mind this, but by the time my child was old enough to understand the message, he really needed the more than the board book offered. For example, the paperback takes pages to explain why hitting is not nice- it hurts people- and why people hit- they feel sad, or angry or jealous or scared. The board book does not. I think the reviewer who said that this book doesn't address WHY hitting is wrong, may have read the board book too. The full version offered here has several pages to answer that.
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I was having problems with my 20-month old son hitting recently. At the suggestion of a friend, I ordered this book. I was pretty skeptical because time outs and other behavior modification wasn't working. We read it every night at bed time, and we have seen a drastic improvement.... after about three nights of reading the book, the hitting stopped. My son has very limited words (Elmo, mama, dada), but he clearly understands whats happening as we read the story, he waves his hands and says "yes" when I ask him if he likes to draw and play with his hands. Even if your child isn't talking, there is a good chance that they will understand this book, I highly recommend it!
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I purchased two copies of Hands Are Not for Hitting for toddler cousins in our family who have discovered that they can become the center of attention when they start hitting people -- not to mention each other when the mommies get them together! In essence, this entire Best Behavior Series is absolute perfection. The books say just enough on the subject matter to get through to a child, but gives some fun-to-repeat lessons that can be easily memorized.

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.
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By Diana on September 21, 2011
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precisely what I needed. simple words, simple idea, excellent alternatives. certainly helped us. my child actually requests that I read it as clearly she enjoys the words and picturs.
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My son started learning to hit when he's mad a few months ago (he's 2.5 yrs old now). It was frustrating because even tho we told him not to hit and that it hurts it didn't help. Time outs were useless b/c he'll just get more mad. So we bought this book after reading all the good reviews.

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". =)
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If you work with children, or have children of your own, this book is a positive way to approach hitting behaviors. The book is visually interesting, the art is familiar and inclusive. Importantly, the book uses the same language used in therapy sessions to set limits with children, by first conveying the limit clearly but without shaming, "Hands are not for hitting,"and then by describing the purpose of our hands.
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!
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My 2 1/2 year old daughter loves this book she will do the different things with her hands and really gets into it. Def would recommend if you have a child that hits or squeezes.
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I work with special needs children and I expected this to be more like a social story.
The pictures are cute, but I would have liked to see a page or two devoted to replacement behaviors.
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