You can write a short, simple story to help your child
Make the story personal to your child's needs, reading, and language
Read the story with your child for the first time when she's in a good mood
Here are two examples of these stories:
1. If your child has tantrums when she has to share a toy, you could write a story like this, filling in the blanks to make the story personal for your child:
My name is _________. I like playing with a lot of different toys.
Some of my favorite toys are __________, ___________, and __________.
Other children also like to play with toys.
When other kids are around, at school or at home, we can take turns and share toys.
I can have one toy and they can have one. Later, we can trade toys.
Sometimes, I will have to wait for my turn to play with the toy I really want.
It is hard to be patient!
I have to give everyone a chance to play with that toy, too.
This way we can all get along and have fun playing together.
Mommy says she is proud of me for sharing and playing nicely.
I am happy when I can play with friends and my family- it's FUN!
2. You could write a story to help your child learn how to control her angry feelings:
My name is ________.
Sometimes, my teacher/mom tells me I have to wait to use the computer/ go to bed.
That makes me feel very upset, frustrated, and angry.
Mom says that everybody feels that way some of the time. All kids and grown-ups sometimes get angry.
It's important to keep thinking, even when I'm upset. Here are some good things to think about the next time I'm upset:
Here are some good things to do the next time I'm upset:
I feel better when I am calm, and proud of myself, too!
I can practice and be calm at home and at school now!