Book Title: WHEN MILES GOT MAD
Release date: April 16th, 2013
Age: 2-6 / 30 pages
When I was offered the opportunity to receive a complementary copy of the book “When Miles Got Mad” to review, I jumped at the chance. Since the day my daughter was born she’s had anger issues. She’s very stubborn and always expects to get her way, whether it be not wanting to take a nap or wanting to watch her show on TV. And throwing a fit is how she expects to get it. She’s 4 1/2 years old now and we are constantly trying to deal with frequent bouts of screaming and temper tantrums. I thought this would be the perfect book for us because it really applies to our situation. I can use all the help I can get. And I wasn’t disappointed. My daughter loves this book and I plan to read it to her every time she loses her temper.
So, what is this book about?
Synopsis: “When his little brother breaks his favorite toy, MILES GETS MAD. As his anger swells, he suddenly catches sight of himself in the mirror – but instead of his own reflection, a furry red monster with big round eyes and funny teeth stares back at him. By encouraging Miles to use his words to express his anger, the Mad Monster helps Miles move through this big emotion and calm himself. Through these fun and adorable illustrations, this insightful and entertaining children’s book offers much-needed comfort to young children as they struggle to regulate their emotions.”
I was inspired by this book. I thought what a great idea to show my daughter what she looks like when she’s throwing a tantrum. So the very next time she started having a fit because she couldn’t get her way, I pulled out my camera and started recording. When she was done I sat her next to me and played the video. She did NOT like what she saw. She said it was scary. Right away she was apologizing for her behaviour. I explained to her that, that is what Mommy sees every time she has a tantrum and that it scares me too. So now when she has a tantrum I remind her about the video and how her tantrums scare me. It doesn’t work every time, but it has made a difference. I’m teaching her to use her words and tell me what’s wrong so we can work out a solution to the problem. It will take time, but we’re slowly making progress.
When Miles Got Mad is a fantastic children’s book and I recommend it to all parents.
I received a free copy of the above mentioned book to facilitate writing this review, however all opinions expressed are strictly my own.
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By Jennifer Saarinen: I’m a stay at home, homeschooling mom. I live with my husband and 2 daughters, along with our 2 dogs, cat, and rabbit. I suffer from depression and found it very difficult to work outside the home. Our simple lifestyle has allowed me to stay at home with our girls while my husband works. We decided that it would suit our family to homeschool. I truly enjoy the time with my daughter’s and find teaching them so rewarding. Even I’m learning new things! To help earn a little extra money on the side I babysit 3 days a week and I’m also a Oliver’s Labels Agent and Watkins Independent Associate. I started my blog, Homeschooling Mom 4 Two, to share stories of family life and homeschooling along with product reviews and giveaways.