Mental Health Matters

How do we teach our children that their feelings are valid? Managing their (and our!) feelings can be overwhelming in these times. Here are some titles that will help you navigate the ups and downs of your little one's emotions.

The Explosive Child (6th Edition)

What’s an explosive child? A child who responds to routine problems with extreme frustration—crying, screaming, swearing, kicking, hitting, and worse. A child whose frequent, severe outbursts leave parents feeling frustrated, scared, worried, and desperate for help. Dr. Ross Greene, a distinguished clinician and pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, has worked with thousands of explosive children.

Now in a revised and updated 6th edition, this compassionate, insightful, and practical book provides a new conceptual framework for understanding their difficulties, based on research in the neurosciences.
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No-Drama Discipline

No-Drama Discipline provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with such tantrums, tensions, and tears―without causing a scene. Based on recent discoveries about the brain that give us deep insights into the children we care for, what they need, and how to discipline them in ways that foster optimal development, this book offers a ‘relational’ approach that builds on children’s innate desire to please their parents and get along well with others. ... more ... less

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Anger Management Skills Workbook for Kids

While some children instinctively know how to regulate their emotions, plenty of others lack the skills they need to express their anger in healthy and effective ways. This warm, engaging workbook helps children ages 5-10 develop strong skills for managing their anger through 40 fun activities.

From identifying their feelings and challenging negative thinking patterns to practicing healthy coping skills when angry feelings arise, kids will learn to feel calmer and more in control―and to form better relationships with family and friends and ease problems at school.
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Angry Bear (Touch & Feelings)

See how Angry Bear deals with a case of the grizzly grumps!  This tactile touch-and-feel book introduces emotions to even the youngest child, with a particular focus on being angry. Written by a child psychologist who specialises in children's emotions, this is a hugely helpful tool for parents and kids alikeand a lot of fun!  ... more ... less

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I Feel Angry

I Feel Angry guides children through their emotions with the help of a fun illustrated flame character who often finds themselves getting angry. What can the little flame do when they feel this emotion? Angry feelings are illustrated as real objects such as red mist and an expanding balloon, making it easier for young children to understand what anger is and how they can deal with it. This book also provides helpful tips and tricks to aid children in controlling their anger that they can practise by themselves.
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I Feel... Angry

Kids aren't strangers to temper tantrums, often not knowing how else to work through the anger and frustration which causes them to lose control. 
I Feel...Angry addresses the different ways kids can express themselves when they're angry and offers some suggestions on how to calm down. With fun, witty illustrations and simple, straightforward text, this book makes it easy for kids to identify their own emotions.
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This Makes Me Angry

In This Makes Me Angry, a young boy is not having a good day, and it only gets worse when he goes to school. Thankfully, his principal knows exactly what will help. By drawing events of the day, the boy is able to slow down and reflect on what made him mad―so that when he returns home, it no longer seems so bad.

The Dealing with Feelings series of early readers are designed to give voice to what’s brewing inside. Through short, simple text and repetitive observational phrases, the child will learn to name their emotions as they also learn to read.
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Pom Pom is Grumpy

One morning, Pompom wakes up, and he is VERY grumpy. He does not play with his friends, because he is too grumpy!

Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language. Recommended for children aged 4+.
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Grumpy Monkey

Jim the chimpanzee is in a terrible mood for no good reason. His friends can't understand it―how can he be in a bad mood when it's SUCH a beautiful day? They have lots of suggestions for how to make him feel better. But Jim can't take all the advice...and has a BIT of a meltdown. Could it be that he just needs a day to feel grumpy?

Suzanne and Max Lang bring hilarity and levity to this very important lesson on emotional literacy, demonstrating to kids that they are allowed to feel their feelings.
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Archie's Cloud: A book for angry little boys and girls

Archie’s Cloud tells the story of Archie, a belligerent little boy on a brave and sometimes painful quest to a more peaceful life and stronger relationships. Archie’s Cloud has been created as a resource for parents, teachers and therapists caring for children who experience rage and frustration. All children, in other words!

Told with humour and a light touch, this book looks at the frustration, anger and isolation they feel and offers alternative behavioural strategies, equipping kids with tools to make healthier choices, with the promise of a more rewarding, less turbulent life.
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