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Once again we see communication between the child and the parents is a great way to work through what you are feeling. This is a positive step in the right direction. After talking the family blew bubbles until Josh felt better. We didn't try the bubbles, but there were a few times we used a physical action to work through emotions.
Ever have one of those days when everything goes wrong or when everyone is frustrated or angry about something? We did. I remember sitting in the floor with the kids a few times when one of us was so frustrated or upset that it felt like we might explode. So what did we do? We exploded!
I told the kids we should just scream. They weren't too sure about that, but I told them we really should do it. Nothing. Finally I just screamed at the top of my lungs! The kids stared at me and looked at each other wondering if I'd lost my mind. What was I going to do next? Well, what I DID was tell them we should all scream. Again nothing. So I screamed again. I kept telling them to join me. They looked at each other with these funny little grins, and then THEY screamed. After a couple of minutes of just screaming at the top of our lungs we were all laughing so hard that it was hard not to fail over. We laughed and laughed until we were exhausted! But the important thing to take away is that no one was still upset or frustrated. Also, we were not screaming AT each other: we were screaming WITH one another. No one was yelling at someone else because we were mad at them. We were screaming to release all the pent up feelings and let go of them. It worked like a charm, and what had frustrated us only a few minutes earlier just seemed silly after the screaming.
I have to say this wasn't something I had never experienced before: I had a teacher in college who told me to get away from everyone now and then so I could just scream. She assured me it was a great release. To be honest, I never did drive to the middle of nowhere to scream, but she DID have me scream once in the classroom. (We were the only two people in the area.)
To be honest, I am beginning to have a problem with all these books with the same theme. Yes, I agree completely that it is a great idea to talk things out. However, I also believe that sooner or later that isn't going to happen in the real world. Sure, it might be a great idea. However, when Mom's in the middle of cooking something that has to be stirred for several more minutes, and Dad is on the phone with a friend whose wife just died, Mom and Dad aren't going to break away "right now" to talk "as long as you want". That isn't realistic. Sometimes it just isn't going to be possible to stop everything (driving down the highway in a storm) and calmly talk about things. Sometimes you are GOING to need another way to ease the tension. No, I'm not saying you should scream while someone is on the phone or driving, but you need to have a plan BEFORE you need it!
We had balloons that were about 5 feet long, and we would use them like they were swords and we were in a battle. (Same principal as a pillow fight.) Get creative. Run around the house 3 times, do 10 jumping jacks, and then run around the house 3 more times in the opposite direction. Just show your children that sometimes we can talk things through, but sometimes we just need to DO something!
I like this book because it teaches parents to recognize their children’s body language and facial expressions. It also causes your children/child to understand that you as a parent are genuinely concerned about the way they feel at all times. This causes a family bond that can’t be easily broken. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a child or children to know that they are truly loved and appreciated at all times no matter what problems arise at home. Everyone in the family should be able to sit down and talk. I choose this rating because I was a single parent and in my ignorance I didn’t sit with my children all the time to hash out their feelings or problems. Now I am a grandmother with more wisdom and understanding. Thanks so very very much Mr Gordon for the fine illustrations and the knowledge to raise a family the correct way. I appreciate you very much!👍👍
Josh's family is planning to go to the park to celebrate Josh's sister Emma's birthday! Josh was feeling low. He felt shaky and sad. He couldn't find his toy truck to take to the park. He forgot his coping skills he learned earlier in previous books. Good for Josh for checking in with Mom and Dad for help!
Taking deep breaths and blowing bubbles helps Josh to calm down! Off to the park they went. Josh tried to tell a story but no one listened. Josh crossed his arms and his face turned red. Clues he wasn't feeling too good! Josh's Mom offers to listen to his story and the other children gathered around to hear it too!! Josh felt better!
Then Josh's Dad goes on a trip. I have a grandson who has a hard time when his dad travels. (I plan to share this book with him!). Josh's Mom could tell something was wrong as his body was slumped and his head was hanging low. Josh's Mom doesn't discount his feelings saying it's ok to feel blue. They chat with Dad on the computer which helps a lot.
I like how in this book there are physical cues for each situation and the feelings of being upset that Josh is experiencing. Red face, slumped body posture, head hanging low, and crossing his arms are good visual cues. Josh and his mother are able to identify his feelings of being sad, upset and feeling low.
Josh's Mom is a good role model for the parent or caregiver of how to help a young child identify and process feelings. Giving support that she feels sad sometimes too. She offers good ideas with taking deep breaths, blowing bubbles and listening to his story that none of the other kids listened to. Also the solution of chatting with Dad on a business trip via the computer.
I give this book 5 stars. It is to the point with short examples that will hold a young child's interest with lots of room to explore feelings and various coping styles.
Dealing with feelings can be hard for our little ones. Even when they have been taught coping skills , they frequently need little reminders in the heat of the moment. This adorable book can be a useful tool for parents or care givers to aid in helping kids deal with things when they are upset. This author has many books to give kids a visual of dealing with everyday emotions and feelings. He does so in a easy to understand way. Why not give this one a try.?!
Josh is getting better at coping with his feelings. The storyline is superb as only Michael Gordon can do with these little ones intense feelings. The illustrations are terrific. This will become a go to book in your home library. It's Emma's birthday and they planned a family outing to the park. Josh was upset because he couldn't find his favorite toy. He told mom and dad and they all sat down to take a breath. Then they pretended to blow up balloons. He remembered where his toy was. He wanted to tell a story at the park but was ignored. What happened? Did Josh through a fit? You can find out by listening/reading. You also get to have fun. 🐱
Another homerun for Mr. Gordon! What I liked most about this book was that the focus was on remembering what Josh had previously learned about controlling his temper. I mean, with young kids, it's one thing to learn how to cope but quite another to put it into practice much later. So it was great reading this aspect. And the situations he was put in were perfect; they were highly stressful situations, to really drive the lesson home.
As usual, the pictures were spot-on, and the coloring pages were great to have after the story.
Another wonderful book to help young kids recognize and deal with their emotions. Younger kids often don’t know how to explain their emotions and therefore can’t deal with them. In schools and pre-schools they are seen as being rude, obnoxious or bratty. Maybe they need to sit with that child and read them one of Michael’s books to help them out.
This story follows Josh, a popular character in Michael Gordon’s books. I especially like that in this book Josh forgets his coping strategies and needs help remembering them. This is real and how it happens with kids. My kids loved the story and that It was okay for Josh to get upset as long as he managed his anger and could calm himself down.