Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Changing the way your kids react to frustration
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.
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (April 2, 2012)
Source of review copy: Publisher