6 Peaceful Solutions for Hitting and Anger

While this Spring cold continues to work its way through our house, I wanted to share with readers today one of my favorite posts from the archives.  Originally written by Megan Tietz in June of 2009, there are some great suggestions here for helping our kids control their anger.  I think you’ll find it an article worth bookmarking, as I did when it was originally published.  – Kara

I have noticed that with my oldest daughter, the “half-age” mark generally brings with it some negative behaviors that we have not yet encountered.  For example, she was delightful at two, but two-and-a-half brought new meaning to the term “terrible toddlerhood” – there were many meltdowns and days of frustration for both of us.  Three was exciting and fun, but three-and-a-half introduced transition troubles and sibling rivalry angst.

Dacey is exactly four-and-a-half today, and true to form, we have had a new issue come up that we have not had to deal with yet – hitting. She never went through a hitting stage as a toddler, so this is all uncharted parenting territory for me.  Because I believe in the power of parenting as a community, I’ve been asking around and taking notes on what others are doing in response to the problem of preschoolers who hit.

Here are six of the most helpful suggestions I have found for hitting and other negative angry behaviors:

1. Hand Claps

My friend Corey is educated and trained in early childhood development, and she offered me this suggestion: Sometimes kids don’t know what to do with their hands when they want to hit, so  teaching them to clap their hands when they are angry gives them an outlet for the need to act out with their hands.  This serves the double purpose of alerting me to the fact that intervention might be needed in an upsetting situation.  The angry hand clap has actually been one of our most effective solutions.

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Weekend Link Love and Art, Not Craft Giveaway Winners

The winners of the Art Not Craft giveaway are:

  1. Rachel - “I like being surprised by what my child creates and hearing the words he uses to explain what he has created. What I don’t like is getting so excited about providing a creative outlet or experience, taking the time to set it up, and then having him lose interest after 30 seconds.”
  2. Adina“I love watching my daughter figure out how to create something. I dislike that she compares her work to mine and gets discouraged. This book looks really great!”
  3. Sarah - “I like watching them have fun and tell stores about what they are creating. I don’t like it so much when the project is done too quickly because I can’t always think of something else for them to do.”

Congratulations! Be watching your email for further details.

If you didn’t win, but would still like to get your hands on a copy of this ebook, you can purchase a copy of Art not Craft: The Process of Learning Creatively and use the coupon code KIDS for $3 off until the end of May.

Let’s Talk: Spring Cold and Flu Season, How Do You Keep Your Family Healthy?

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

Just a quick post today, as three quarters of my household is down and out with a Spring cold.  Is it just me, or does it seem like many folks are suffering during this Spring cold season?

This year, the households of my friends and family seem to be getting hit with Spring’s colds almost as often as the rainclouds pass by.  In the interest of keeping our families healthy, I thought I would share a few of my favorite resources for cold and flu season and then open up the comments and invite you to share, too.

At our house, it seems like we pretty much follow the rest, chicken soup, and vitamin C approach to treating a Spring cold.  We bring out the “Rainy Day Box” and occupy ourselves with things like puzzle books, Mad Libs, and Brain Quest cards in between naps, while we rest on the sofa.

I stress the importance of hand washing and do a bit of extra cleaning,  hoping to disinfect our household of germs so that we can get better faster.

Usually, waiting it out is the name of the game, but as a mother I like to feel like I’m taking a proactive stance against illness, too.

Here are a few of my favorite resources for cold and flu season:

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eBook Review – Art not Craft: The Process of Learning Creatively (and a giveaway, too!)

The following review is by contributor Catherine Way of Adventures With Kids.

Have you ever wished you had some new ideas for art experiences beyond playdough, drawing with crayons and painting on an easel?

Do you ever wish art wasn’t so messy and time consuming?

Have you ever wondered how to motivate your young child to get involved in art experiences?

This giveaway has now closed.  The winner will be announced soon.

The ebook – Art not Craft: The Process of Learning Creatively – can help with all these questions and more. The book, written by parenting blogger and early childhood educator, Christie Burnett of Childhood 101, is full of ideas to inspire you to look at, talk about and make art with your child.

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Weekend Links

FYI, I noticed that some of our Mother’s Day Queen for a Day Giveaway sponsors have coupon codes that are still good:

  • Shabby Apple - use the code “simpleliving10off” until 5/22/2011 for a 10 percent discount
  • Tea and LaundryUse the code “MOMFREESHIP” for free shipping until May 31st
  • Wee Bindery – – Use code “SIMPLEKIDS10? for a 10% discount. This coupon is good through May 31st

It is a rainy day here in Indiana, which is making me miss last weekend’s sunny skies.  Our Mother’s Day was pretty wonderful as I got to spend it with my kids, my sister, my mom, my grandmother, and my aunt.  A nice day with some of my favorite people.

Today, I’m going to use this quiet and cloudy day to catch up on some blog details and try to work my way through my email in-box.  I think perhaps some knitting for our August baby might be on the menu, too.  Have a wonderful day, friends!