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What to Do When You Feel Like Hitting: A No Hitting Book for Toddlers Paperback – June 15, 2021

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“As a pediatrician, I am so glad to have a resource with specific advice for toddlers who hit. This book acknowledges hitting is a normal albeit difficult stage and arms children and parents with developmentally appropriate language and strategies to help. Well done!” ―Kelly Fradin, MD, FAAP pediatrician, author, and mother of two

“Dr. Cara Goodwin does a beautiful job writing in toddler-friendly language and highlighting all the important points a caregiver should cover when it comes to hitting: feelings and self-regulation skills they can practice. I am happy to add this book to the resources I recommend to parents and caregivers.” ―Michelle Tangeman, LMFT, BCBA, founder of Thriving Toddler and Michelle Tangeman Behavioral Health

What to Do When You Feel Like Hitting is a great resource for families. As a parent of two toddlers, I struggle to find the right way to discipline my children when their behaviors are loud and clear, such as hitting. This book is a helpful and approachable resource that parents can use to help instill positive behaviors. Most importantly, I love how inclusive the book is and the priority that is placed on including a diverse group of characters. This is a favorite go-to book in our house as well as a gift I’ll be giving to other parents!” ―Alex Turnbull, RDN, LD, author of Baby Food Cookbook for First-Time Parents

“This book is beautifully written and illustrated for young children to engage their attention while teaching strategies for self-regulation, a critical skill to last a lifetime. Dr. Goodwin packages years of evidence-based research on promoting positive behaviors in young children into language kids can understand and techniques parents can use at home. A must-have addition to any parent’s library.” ―Emily Edlynn, PhD, clinical psychologist, parenting columnist for Parents.com, and author of The Art and Science of Mom blog

“Dr. Goodwin's book creates a fantastic dialogue for us to teach our children various ways to regulate their emotions, which in turn helps them stop hitting. It is a great addition to a child's bookshelf!” ―Cindy Hovington, PhD, founder of Curious Neuron

“Dr. Goodwin has managed to normalize a wide range of children's feelings while offering a diverse range of concrete coping skills, all in child-friendly language. This book is an incredible tool for families to use with their children with big feelings to build resilience and emotion regulation skills. The level of inclusivity and representation in this book is a refreshing inspiration. We highly recommend this book for families, clinicians, and teachers who are helping little ones navigate their big feelings.” ―Dr. Shanna Alvarez and Dr. Jenna Elgin, psychologists and co-founders of Helping Families Thrive

About the Author

CARA DAMIANO GOODWIN, PhD, is a psychologist and a mother of three. She has spent years researching child psychology and neuroscience, as well as providing therapy for children of all ages. Find out more at ParentingTranslator.com.



KATIE TURNER has been an illustrator for more than 10 years. She loves to draw things from nature, such as bugs, flowers, and animals. Katie is also the author and illustrator of The Cat Who Got Framed and Vanilla Bean.


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rockridge Press (June 15, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 48 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1648766544
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1648766541
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 2 - 4 years, from customers
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 5.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.3 x 0.2 x 9.1 inches
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    4.7 out of 5 stars 1,159 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book for young, spirited kids that includes practical solutions
Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2021
This book is so well done! My spirited 3.5 year old son loved the colorful illustrations and could really relate to the page where there was a baby who knocked down his big sister’s tower (happens all the time to him). We got this book at the perfect time, as we have been working on ways to cope with big feelings, and my son is much more likely to use strategies that he sees in a book versus strategies that I suggest to him! I am a child clinical psychologist and also plan to use this with young patients and/or recommend it to their parents!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lesson learned
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2021
Toddler and I both enjoyed reading this book. I liked the approaches used to guide littles on how to navigate Big Feelings. Encouraging and demonstrating different ways to calm down and not hurt others or self
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging & Effective for toddlers w/Autism!
Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2022
My almost 3 year old was recently diagnosed with Autism. He struggles with transitions and also has a speech delay, which often contributes to big meltdowns when he doesn’t get his way. He’s been a “hitter” since about 18M… and it’s so hard! I know he has big emotions and can’t regulate them easily. This book is FANTASTIC! It’s easy to read and has cute and relatable illustrations.

It can be a little repetitive, but that’s what helps get the point across. Let’s face it, my son is also very repetitive, so it seems to resonate with him. It talks about different feelings and emotions, how it’s ok to feel that way, and how to handle them without hitting. For example, you can use your words to ask a grownup for help; you can draw an angry picture; you can squeeze your hands into a ball and release them, etc. There’s different options for different scenarios, and each one is described in a way that toddlers can figure out how to do it themselves. His favorite is to squeeze his hands into a fist, or give his body a big “squeeze hug.” I’ve already caught him doing that a few times instead of slapping me!

It’ll take practice (like the book mentions) but I think he’ll be able to self-regulate better with some of these ideas!! I also have some new phrases to use and picked up some sign language. I love the tips for caregivers in the back!

If you have a hitter (especially one on the spectrum), you need this! I actually like it better than our other book, Hands Are Not for Hitting. Similar story line, but this one is more detailed and better suited for older toddlers. I highly recommend it!!

Hope this helps ☺️
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Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Help! My child is hitting
Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2022
What a cute and effective resource with proven strategies! My 3 and 2 year olds are drawn in when we sit to read it together. They can recall the strategies in conversation with them. Useful for me and dad to have arming us with tools we can use rather than reacting so strongly and ineffectively to our children hitting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 9, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 5, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful book with inclusive illustrations
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 12, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 25, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars good topic for kids to control emotions
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 30, 2022