“Crunch crunch crunch. Teeth are strong and sharp. Crunch crunch crunch. Teeth can help you chew. But teeth are not for biting. Ouch! Biting hurts.”
Sooner or later, almost all young children will bite someone—a friend, a parent, a sibling. One thing I have learned through reading Free Spirit’s Best Behavior series is that when dealing with a toddler, you have to teach positive ways to act instead of overreacting to the negative behavior. “Teeth Are Not for Biting! What are teeth for?” This upbeat, colorful, virtually indestructible book helps prevent biting and teaches positive alternatives.
The companion to the best-selling Hands Are Not for Hitting Board Book, Teeth Are Not for Biting gives reasons why children might want to bite. Little mouths feel sore when new teeth come in; sometimes kids bite when they’re hungry, tired, cranky, frustrated, angry, bored, distressed, or seeking attention. Author Elizabeth Verdick suggests positive things children can do instead of biting: chew a chewy toy, drink a cold drink, get a hug, tell a grown-up. This book also includes helpful tips for parents and caregivers. Yay!
About Free Spirit Publishing: Free Spirit publishing has an excellent motto of ‘Meeting kids’ social and emotional needs since 1983’ and they have the catalog to back up this mission. There is so much good stuff on their website, that I really just encourage you to check it out and see what might interest you. I personally like their free Professional Development webinars, especially the webinar on Preparing the Next Generation of K–12 Student Leaders by Mariam G. MacGregor, M.S. For those looking for some great early education empowerment books, check out the author Elizabeth Verdick who has a great series called Toddler Tools.
List Price: $ 7.95