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What to Do When You Grumble Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Negativity (What to Do Guides for Kids) Paperback – August 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: What to Do Guides for Kids
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Magination Pr; 1 edition (August 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591474507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591474500
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dr. Huebner has a gift for describing abstract issues in simple, concrete terms...a unique resource that helps children practice how to think differently. Highly recommended." -- Carina Ziemek, MA, School Counselor

About the Author

What-to-Do author Dawn Huebner, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in Exeter, New Hampshire, specializing in the treatment of children and their parents.

The whimsical art of Bonnie Matthews appears in many children’s books and magazines. She lives in Baltimore.


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I've read it with our 10 year old and our 6 year old.
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I've found the book to be Very helpful and useful for kids to understand and cope better.
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This book was recommended to me by a clinician who evaluated my son.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Lo on November 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
This "What to Do" series was very useful to me as a parent. It explains complex psychological ideas at a child's level without condescending to them and then attempts to help them learn how deal with those strong emotions.

I purchased this book and What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What to Do Guides for Kids) after my 5-year old was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. It has helped her and her then 8-year old brother work through the many adjustments in our family after the diagnosis. We went through the book together and then talked about the activities that might help them deal with how they felt. The simple, clear explanations were a great starting point for discussion. Not everything "worked" nor did we focus on "solving" these emotions--rather we used the books to help the kids see that they are not alone and that there are things they can do when they feel trapped by strong emotions.

My daughter is now almost 7 and still takes the Grumbling book out to read it over. She knows she does have things to complain about in her life, but also that she doesn't want them to take over her life. I have also just purchased What to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems With Anger (What to Do Guides for Kids)which she is anxious to read! How many books on these tough topics can you say THAT about?

If you have intense, thoughtful, strong-willed kids, this approach to the perpetual problems of grumbling, worrying and (I hope) anger management will help.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Beth Salvi-Hudgins on September 27, 2006
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This book tackles an unusual and important topic for children- negativity. In a fun and very child-friendly format, the author uses metaphors, stories, and examples to explain to children what negativity is and how they can transform their negative thinking into more positive thinking. The learning is reinforced by fun activities and art experiences. As a mother and social worker, I strongly recommend this book to other parents, social workers, and guidance counselors.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Bumbershoot on January 17, 2007
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I wanted this workbook to engage my therapy clients better than it did. They didn't throw the book at me, but it only held their interest for about10 minutes and most do not care too much to color or draw where the workbook calls for it. I agree with them, in that the interactive part of the book (the you-fill-it in part) is not compelling. HOWEVER, the subject matter is not really covered in any other therapeutic workbook that I have seen/reviewed/owned. The main topic is of negativity vs. positivity in a child's daily life. Great for kids with depression, anger problems, anxiety disorders, and ...the average kids!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Veggie on June 23, 2010
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I just received three of the books in this series. The font is nice and large and the readings and activities look simple but fantastic. I'm writing to let everyone know that on the books it says "Ages 6-12" but Amazon gives them a reading level of 9-12. They would be perfect to read even to a 5 year old.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Efros on May 11, 2007
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I am a child clinical psychologist who regularly recommends books to parents to help provide reassuring information and practical tips to assist their children between sessions. My 12 year-old also loved this book and found a lot of good suggestions. Not only is the book easy to read and understand, it provides "homework" activities which allow a personalized approach and encourage active involvement by the child in overcoming a natural tendency toward negativity. I highly recommend this book!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Moore @MrsMoore_44 on March 15, 2009
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I bought this book in an effort to help my nine-year-old son become more motivated and think more positively about school. We work on it a chapter or a half-chapter at a time and, though he sometimes complains, I can tell he enjoys the activities and is slowly improving his outlook. Research shows that Emotional Intelligence is a better indicator of future happiness and success than IQ or SAT scores, so I wanted to help him build skills in this area early.This book is a great emotional coaching tool.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tamara Martin-Havens on January 6, 2012
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I think my 10 year old could get an award for "grumbling". Everything was cause for complaint, small things big issues. This book helped a LOT. At first there was resistance to reading it, but once we got started, well...we finished it in just a few days. (I didn't want to rush it, wanting the information to sink in.) While I won't say things are perfect (what is?) it's much better and definitely a work in progress. But going the right way. Almost every day we take about at least 3 positive things that have happened, as one of the exercises in the book suggests. When on a recent long driving trip I was fussing about the CD player not working right. My son's response? Well, it could be the Garmin not working, so that's a good thing. I need reminding too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By groovegirl on November 19, 2013
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I bought this for my 9 year old son, as his negativity has been affecting him and those around him. When he first saw it on the table, I worried that he would be annoyed and self-conscious that I bought it for him, but immediately he opened it, read it, and enthusiastically complete all the exercises in one night. He asked if he could keep it for himself and refer to it.

I'm sure part of this is that he was ready for it, but wow. I was delighted, and I'm thankful to the author for creating a book that is so accessible to kids.
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