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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
Parent Council® Selection
Midwest Independent Publisher Award
“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
“Highly recommended...ideal ‘read aloud’ book for parents and care givers.”—Midwest Book Review
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After a few weeks of using this book I can say it has for sure worked. I changed the stars from a 4 to a 5. My son wants to read it every night and will repeat after me after I said “hands are not for hitting”. When he does try to hit now I repeat that snippet from the book to him and he instantly realizes that it was a no no and repeats the snippet back. We’ve seen a great reduction in hitting/pushing/aggressive behavior since using this book. I highly recommend it
Original August 16th:
My 2 year old toddler is delayed and his tantrums are epic meltdowns due to a lack of communication skills. Some of these chaotic meltdowns involves him hitting. We have worked really hard and used numerous tools to get him to understand that hitting is not okay.
This book is a very colorful tool that helps make the lessons more tangible for a child with receptive language difficulties. Pictures make everything a bit easier for my child to grasp and I was able to sign along to some of the simple phrases for him to understand better.
I agree with another reviewer that this book is too long and too much for a child under 2. I’d even go as far and say this is better for the 3 and up range and I wish I would’ve tried the board book first. However, I do like that this is a book he can grow into and have for years to come.
Hands are not for hitting also has a lesson for parents and information in the back of the book. If your child has issues with hitting this is a great tool to try to get them more involved in the learning process of what is appropriate behavior for our hands. I can’t say if it really helped or not at this time since we’ve only had one read through, but it is a
Book I will for sure be reading at every bedtime. It’s a great book and I highly recommend it.
There's only one page I'm not okay with that talks about your child not having to hit them back. I usually just skip over that line. I don't want him to hit people for no reason, but I definitely don't want him to sit there and get hit either. There are also other great suggestions made like going to tell an adult, or going to play with someone else instead. All in all, still a great book.
For reference, my child is about 3.
What I like about the book is that it explains in simple language how we can use our hands to be productive and this gives my son something to focus on. He especially likes the part where it talks about using your hands to care for yourself. He lists all the things he does with his hands (brush teeth, brush hair, wash hair and body, etc.) and I especially like the part where it says that it's not ok for adults to hit either. I can see this being useful for years to come.