Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Changing the way your kids react to frustration

If you're a parent, you know one thing kids pick up pretty quickly-- a temper! When things just don't seem to go your child's way, perhaps they throw something or even throw themselves on the floor. Enter the new Zach Rules series by William Mulcahy, a licensed professional counselor and psychotherapist.

In ZACH GETS FRUSTRATED, Zach is at the beach with his family, but he's having a lousy day. His best friend chose to go somewhere else instead of going to the beach with Zach, he dropped his toothbrush in the toilet, and spilled the litter box all over the floor. Needless to say, when Zach can't get his kite to fly, he's not too happy and wants to go home. But dad has a plan and teaches Zach the frustration triangle, a simple, three-step approach to get a handle on frustration.  The three steps are (1) name it (why are you frustrated?); (2) tame it (self-regulation exercises such as deep breathing or visualization); and (3) reframe it (change your thoughts to change your feelings).

I can see this being a handy resource for any parent who has a child that gets frustrated easily.  Any kid will relate to Zach and the frustration triangle approach is easy to practice with your kids. I also love that you can download a frustration triangle worksheet at the Free Spirit Publishing website, so your kids can get right to the bottom of changing the way they react to frustration.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (April 2, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1575423901
ISBN-13: 978-1575423906
Source of review copy: Publisher
Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book.

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