Monday, September 5, 2016

Teaching kids that they have choices!

We've all had bad days--you know the ones...flat tire in the rain, everyone getting on your nerves, you spill your coffee that you've been waiting for all morning, etc...  Well everyone has bad days-- even superheroes!

I LOVE this book- Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker. What a great message to send to kids. It's hard for kids to express their emotions and what they're feeling, so we want them to understand that it's okay to have a bad day. We all have them--even superheroes. However, the tricky part is teaching kids to control their emotions when they're having a bad day and might be upset.  That's where this book does an amazing job.

Yeah--superheroes could throw trucks and buses across several states, they could use laser eyes to ignite forest fires, or maybe even knock over buildings like towers of blocks when they're upset. But they don't. I know in my class, I'm constantly teaching my students that they have choices. By using this book, we can remind them that superheroes have choices, too. Even though they could choose destruction (just like we could), they don't. Instead, they find other ways to acknowledge their emotions and wait to calm down. Maybe, perhaps this will remind our students to do the same and they'll be able to channel their inner superhero!