Wednesday, September 6th, 2006
Books are for Behavior Modification?
I hope I never need to use books to curb my daughter’s improper behavior. Her worst action so far has been throwing toys, perhaps 10 times in her 27-month existence. We tell her only balls are for throwing. We have her sit in her “time-out chair” for a minute, we take away the thrown toy for the rest of the day and we hug afterward. Problem solved. She’s a really good kid.
So this is perhaps why I found the following books, in some measure, amusing. They are written by Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen.
- Words Are Not for Hurting (Is this book for kids or adults?)
- Feet Are Not for Kicking (What about soccer?)
- Hands are Not for Hitting (Different author: Martine Agassi.)
- Teeth are Not for Biting (Good thing it’s a board book!)
- Tails Are Not for Pulling (We clip our cats’ claws. The cats taught our daughter about tails on their own.)
- Germs Are Not for Sharing (Clean this one if you’re borrowing it from a friend.)
Now, for a child who hits or bites, these books may be a good, non-punitive teaching tool. Most of the titles are available in regular and board book formats. The cover art and book titles can also be found on educational posters.
But, I wouldn’t be a hurtful, despicable, jackass of a husband sitting on his ass all day like a waste to society (see this reader’s comment) if I didn’t poke some fun.
Here are a few book ideas for my daughter:
- Blocks are Not for Throwing
- Noses are Not for Picking
- Tongues are Not for Sticking (Out)
- Bugs are Not for Squishing
- Doors are Not for Closing (Over and Over and Over Again)
So, what book does your baby or toddler really need?
See previous: Totline Motivational Posters